Tag:Expand-o-meter
Posted on: June 13, 2010 8:58 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Sunday, June 13

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 180
 

Having a good day: The guy who invented the Intensive Care Unit. That's where the Big 12 is right now. As of Sunday evening, the patient had a pulse. There were reports of a last-ditch effort to save the Big 12 that has 10 as opposed to the Big Ten that has 12. The 10 remaining Big 12 schools were trying to rustle up some TV numbers that would be agreeable to everyone. One problem: The current number being thrown out is $17 million per school. That's the same number the Pac-10 has figured for a 16-team league even before it goes out to bid.


Having the bad day: Texas is going to get paid one way or another in the big picture, but it won't be playing in the College World Series. Just like college athletics, Texas owns Omaha. The baseball Horns are one of the most frequent visitors to the CWS. Sunday's super regional elimination by TCU avoided a potentially embarrassing situation: Texas playing in front of Nebraska fans a few days after the Huskers left/were forced to leave for the Big Ten.


 
Quote of the day: "Contrary to a published report, TCU would not lobby against another institution possibly seeking membership in the Mountain West Conference." --statement from TCU after a report that the school was against the Mountain West adding Baylor. More than a few Froggies remember that Baylor was included in original Big 12 formation, rather than TCU.

 
Link of the day: You can track Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott's tour of Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas here. Oregon booster and former AD Pat Kilkenny lent his plane to Scott and deputy commish Kevin Weiberg for what are reportedly campus visits to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas. At least. It is not known if any formal invites were issued. Still up in the air -- along with Air Scott -- was Texas A&M which, as of Sunday night, was still trying to decide between the Pac-10 and SEC.  According to flightaware.com, Air Scott landed Sunday night at Kansas City International. That would suggest that Kansas is next on the list. If A&M goes to the SEC then the thinking goes that the last invite would go to either Kansas or Utah.


On tap: Me, on vacation. See you in two weeks. Please have this realignment thing cleared up by then.

Posted on: June 10, 2010 10:56 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 8:35 am
 

Expand-O-Meter, June 10, 2010

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 177
 
Who had the best day: Turns out the Pac-9 had to expand. Down a team after the hydrogen bomb dropped on USC by the NCAA, commissioner Larry Scott wisely offered Colorado on Thursday. What CU lacks in national championships, it more than makes up for in grungy loners on Boulder's Pearl Street walking mall.

Who had the worst day: TMZ. At the end of business on Thursday, Oklahoma State still hadn't joined the Pac-10 contrary to reports from the oddly obsessive electric celebrity hounders. On a more positive note, though, TMZ is reporting that Lindsay Lohan has been released from rehab and has begun seeing Mike Gundy.
 
Quote of the day: "Are the junior and senior USC Song Girls eligible to transfer?" -- anonymous text.

Link of the day: While you were texting your buddy about the latest expansion vomit, Auburn suddenly improved its national championship chances. From 2004. In light of Thursday's penalties, the Football Writers Association of America will review USC's championship from that year. The Grantland Rice Trophy has been awarded to the FWAA's national champion for the last 54 years. A group of FWAA members vote on the winner each season. We're researching right now to determine which team finished No. 2 that year. If Auburn was second, then the Tigers might be elevated to a national championship six years after the fact.

What's on tap: The Nebraska board of regents meet Friday to discuss the latest summer styles, ITunes hits, cool wine bars and, oh yeah, joining the Big Ten.

 

Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2010 6:20 am
 

Expand-O-Meter, Wed. June, 9

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 176
 
Who is having the best day: The Big East. Yes, the Big East. With Nebraska seemingly headed to the Big Ten, that hastens the breakup of the Big 12. Where do the castoffs end up? Try the mortally wounded Big East. Think of a nine-team Big East that would include Connecticut, Louisville, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and Iowa State. Is this a BCA league or not? With the collapse of the Big 12 taking away a BCS spot, how could it not be?


Who is having the worst day: Missouri. I am on campus at the moment and this place is sweating mortar rounds. With the Big Ten seemingly expanding in stages the process has a "Price Is Right" feel to it ("Come on down!"). Missouri is worried it is going to be left out having not received an invite as of Wednesday night. With its current conference all but dead, Missouri could go from Big 12 darling to Mountain West bait.

Quote of the day: "Multiple sources have indicated ..." -- multiple outlets have written in the frenzy to nail down the Nebraska-to-the-Big Ten story.
 
Link of the day:
Get used to more of this.


What's on tap: The Nebraska board of regents meet on Friday. Bring a cooler, a lawn chair and some brats. It's tailgating in June as the Huskers officially join the big Ten.

A final thought: If someone told you 15 years ago when the Big 12 formed that something called Orangebloods.com would chronicle the demise of the conference, you'd say: What's this Internet thing?

Posted on: June 8, 2010 11:35 am
Edited on: June 8, 2010 11:50 am
 

Expand-O-Meter for Tues, June 8

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 175
 
Who is having the best day: Colorado. Mountain West presidents decided not to expand Monday, in essence because they thought they could get Colorado. Don't believe the stuff about CU getting an ultimatum from the Big 12. It's a Texas ultimatum to Nebraska. At this moment, it looks like Colorado is going to be taken care of one of three ways: by the Pac-10 in the six-team Big 12 shift, by the Big 12 or by the Mountain West where it can be the big dog in a suddenly BCS-quality league. Not a bad fall back for a cash-strapped athletic department.

Who is having the worst day: Kenneth Starr. Just what the heck was that press conference on Monday? Baylor's president said absolutely nothing. Sure, Baylor is committed to the Big 12 but would leave for the Pac-10 in a heartbeat if its political forces in Austin weasel the Bears in ahead of Colorado. Big Ten. Six days on the job and Starr is already going D.C. suit on us.

Quote of the day: "There hasn't been this much talk of expansion since Oprah stopped using the treadmill." -- reader comment after the first Expand-O-Meter on Monday.
 
Link of the day: Well, it's almost in our face. Pac-10 invites coming soon according to Orangebloods.com.

What's on tap: Someone please tell E-O-M, does the Big Ten stop at 12 if it gets Notre Dame or does it go to 14 or 16? I don't think even Notre Dame or the Big Ten knows.

 

Posted on: June 7, 2010 12:32 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2010 11:49 am
 

Introducing The Expand-o-meter

(With expansion news changing by the nanosecond, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce a new feature to Dodds and Ends. Welcome to The Expand-o-meter, a daily summary of expansion-related stuff. Think of it as the blog equivalent to a pair of Sansabelt slacks. It expands and contracts according to the size of the bloated belly of college football. The E-O-M will last as long as expansion does or until vacation, whichever comes first.)

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 174
 
Who is having the best day: Mountain West which might reap a windfall if it gets leftover Big 12 teams. The MWC was meeting Monday and was expected to invite Boise State to bolster its BCS chances. According to reports, Boise will have to wait as the Mountain West waits to see how the national landscape shakes out.
 
Who is having the worst day: Big Ten. Rapid Pac-10 expansion is forcing Jim Delany's hand. JD is desperately trying to force the Irish into his league with Texas now out of play. For a brief moment there, it almost looked like the big guy almost lost his leverage.
 
Quote of the day: "No wonder Baylor is fighting so hard not to get left behind by Texas,  Texas Tech and Texas A&M, they think this is the rapture." --a tweet from @Pac16Conference
 
Link of the day: End of the Big 12? Blame commissioner Dan Beebe for not pushing a playoff.  
 
What's on tap: Watch for formal invitations this week to Big 12 schools from Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott.
Posted on: June 7, 2010 12:32 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2010 11:49 am
 

Introducing The Expand-o-meter

(With expansion news changing by the nanosecond, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce a new feature to Dodds and Ends. Welcome to The Expand-o-meter, a daily summary of expansion-related stuff. Think of it as the blog equivalent to a pair of Sansabelt slacks. It expands and contracts according to the size of the bloated belly of college football. The E-O-M will last as long as expansion does or until vacation, whichever comes first.)

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 174
 
Who is having the best day: Mountain West which might reap a windfall if it gets leftover Big 12 teams. The MWC was meeting Monday and was expected to invite Boise State to bolster its BCS chances. According to reports, Boise will have to wait as the Mountain West waits to see how the national landscape shakes out.
 
Who is having the worst day: Big Ten. Rapid Pac-10 expansion is forcing Jim Delany's hand. JD is desperately trying to force the Irish into his league with Texas now out of play. For a brief moment there, it almost looked like the big guy almost lost his leverage.
 
Quote of the day: "No wonder Baylor is fighting so hard not to get left behind by Texas,  Texas Tech and Texas A&M, they think this is the rapture." --a tweet from @Pac16Conference
 
Link of the day: End of the Big 12? Blame commissioner Dan Beebe for not pushing a playoff.  
 
What's on tap: Watch for formal invitations this week to Big 12 schools from Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott.
 
 
 
 
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