And yes, it's true, Miami, prior to Schnellenberger, was an underachieving program. But what they did was live up to their full potential. They are no longer considered an underachieving program or even anything short of a Helmet School. They won 5 national titles over a span of 20 years.
That places them 4th or 5th on the all time list.
Objectively, it's beyond comical to compare yourself to Miami.
Texas A&M is more like UCLA.
I'm going to say it one more time - OU in the Pac would be a massive boon for recruiting. New California recruiting connections, plus selling Texas kids on playing games in LA, Palo Alto, Seattle, Boulder, etc. -- "Would you rather play in Starkville or in the Coliseum?"
I hope we avoid the Pac...
Texas A&M - 1997, 1998, 2010, 2012 Big 12 Champs*
Also it's laughable you look down on KSU- your Big 12 track record was nearly identical to theirs.
Absolutely no way I would take Baylor or TCU over Iowa State. None.
I wouldn't mind a merger with the ACC as long as we purge the trash (Baylor, tcu,etc). OU,ku, tx, tech, osu,isu, ksu added to the best of the ACC. I would reluctantly agree to keep wvu if it meant we could kick baylors **** to the curb. This conference is way too regional and we have too many tx schools.
Baylor and TCU are both private schools, not that big, and don't have that big of followings and aren't academic powerhouses like say a Rice or a Tulane (which matters to school presidents...I don't give a damn....I would never put on a resume "I went to OU and we are in an athletic conference with AAU member Rice" if they were in the conference). If there were a merger, I wouldn't cry over losing either.
2- I find it funny that you look down on all these schools yet are so in love with the p16 which would stick you in a division with playing equal or worse programs to ksu, ku, bu, and tcu like asu, az, cu, and Utah. Yes USC is a peer but the other 11.... maybe Oregon at most but both wouldn't be played very often.
I completely wish Arky had been able to be in the big 12 originally. OU games in fayetteville bi-annually would have been just off the walls nuts. It would be great to see OU own the hogs so just because for some reason they devote their lives to hating Oklahoma. So much jealousy and envy over there.
Id much rather add FSU GT Clemson and Miami to big 12 then join ACC with a few other big 12 schools. Baylor and TCU in the conference is good for us. I have no problem with a quick trip down to Waco to hang out a Crickets before them game rather than than going to Utah every other year.
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Both Baylor and TCU have Top 20 coaches who are very well paid, both have (or soon will have) new stadiums and top of the line facilities, both sit in the middle of extremely fertile recruiting grounds, both have sent good players into the NFL recently, and both have experienced a lot of national success over the last couple years (TCU won the Rose Bowl, RGIII won a Heisman).
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The Fort Worth story made a lot of sense about "been here, done that before" about scheduling as a precursor.
The problem with the analogy is that when we did that last time, none of the other conferences were really going through many changes and there wasn't this big rush to scarf up the best teams -- not to mention that was nowhere near the money at stake as there is now.
The Big 12 better get off its collective **** and make a move and I don't mean only with scheduling or we're going to be the equivalent of the old SW conference.
Florida State joined in 1991. Not a long history of having their three biggest football powers in the conference to say the least.
Funny quote in the above article from July 2003 regarding lawsuits:
In other words, very little came to fruition regarding the original lawsuits.Adding Miami and Virginia Tech to the ACC did not put an end to legal challenges to expansion.
"Our lawsuit is now a certainty. We will pursue this legal action tenaciously and vigorously - seeking remedies on a fast track," Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said in a June 30 press release.
Virginia Tech withdrew from the lawsuit when it decided to accept the ACC's invitation. Boston College was dropped as a defendant when they did not receive an official invitation.
Miami also joined the Big East around 1990 or so before jumping to the ACC in 2003.
Some actual realignment news today:
#WVU's Oliver Luck says he feel it's important for the #Mountaineers to have eastern partners. "We would favor more teams east of the Miss"
#WVU's Oliver Luck says he expects more movement in conference realignment. "I don't think any of us think it's over", Luck said.
These quotes are from a radio interview today (no link to interview). WV Sports ended with this comment:
WVSports.com @WVSportsDotCom: Oliver Luck will certainly have #WVU and #Big12 fans talking after his comments on conference realignment. Could get interesting.
Has Oliver been talking with the Dude? Or...are they one and the same?
Even when it's coming from an "official source" it's still those ****ing mountaineers.
It would not surprise me in the least if realignment really heats up very soon. As soon as the B1G makes one more move, all hell is going to break loose with SEC, PAC, and we'll see if the surviver is the Big 12 or ACC (maybe neither). On the surface, it looks like the ACC is the weakest but once the B1G expands, the PAC and SEC are sure to act, and who knows what that will mean:
http://www.thelantern.com/mobile/cam...HhMi8w.twitterOSU President E. Gordon Gee said during a Dec. 5 meeting of OSU’s Athletic Council that there has been ongoing discussion about Big Ten expansion, according to meeting minutes obtained by The Lantern.
Gee told the Athletic Council he believes the collegiate athletic landscape is moving toward three or four super conferences of 16-20 teams, according to the minutes.
ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy told The Lantern he believes the Big Ten will be the conference that sets the next wave of conference expansion.
“It all depends on the Big Ten,” McMurphy said. “If (Big Ten commissioner Jim) Delany decides to stay (at 14 teams), then the SEC stays at 14 and the ACC stays at 14, the Pac-12 stays at 12, the Big 12 stays at 10. However, if Delany and the Big Ten go to 16, then I think you’re going to see other conferences react.”
Delany did not return The Lantern’s request for comment.
McMurphy said he believes the Big Ten will ultimately become a 16-team conference, and the expansion could happen sooner rather than later.
“If (Delany) knows 10 years from now, the Big Ten’s going to have 16 schools, then do (they) wait 10 years to add 15 and 16, or do (they) do it now, so (they) can choose who that 15th and 16th team is?” McMurphy said. “Because if you wait five or 10 years from now, you may not have the two schools that you wanted.” and the Big Ten go to 16, then I think you’re going to see other conferences react.”
McMurphy said the Big Ten would most likely draw two teams out of the ACC, the same conference from which it drew Maryland.
If they're going to merge then make it a full merger. At first I thought it would be better to get rid of the bottom feeders but most of the bottom feeders have something to offer. Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia, Pitt, Wake Forest and Louisville are all basketball powers. oSu and Iowa State are wrestling powers. Baylor is a good baseball and basketball school. Even with the bottom feeders, we would still be ranked higher than any conference besides the SEC and it would force the B1G, Pac 12 and SEC's hands. I'm not for expansion but the other conferences have already decided to ruin the game of college football as we know it so what the hell, let's get four 24 team major conferences with two twelve team divisions or better yet, four six team divisions and have a full blown playoff like the NFL.
OU should push for a full merger with the ACC and then parlay that into a B1G, SEC or PAC invite, when those leagues feel the need to react.
We can then use that as cover to join a real conference, of which there is really only 3.
A full merger makes very little sense unless it's the required political price for adding the big fish you need.
I don't have anything against Wake or BC but I don't see them as a part of anything the Big 12 does.
If Luck thought it was important for WVU to have teams in the East, shouldn't they have joined an East coast conference? Him being in favor of expansion doesn't mean **** if he doesn't have the influence to get the Big 12 to agree to expand and to pull teams that are otherwise happy in their conference into the Big 12. Since I doubt he can do either, he'll have to wait for either the Big 10 or SEC to make the first move on the ACC like the rest of us.
Also, conference expansion seems like a great time for a school to sue their way out of a grant of rights. Vote no on expansion then if you are overruled, claim that the current conference is not the same conference to which they gave their rights.