***Conference Apocalypse Part IV: The NeverEnding Story

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  1. #2151
    Originally Posted by Redhawk View Post
    What I did take away from the article is that Florida St and it's fans want NO part of the Big 12. Which means the Big 12 is on a death watch. It's just a matter of time.
    That doesn't mean anything really. No one reasonably thinks that the Big 12 is going to be the first conference to start stealing ACC schools during the next wave of conference consolidation. If the ACC gets gutted by the Big 10 and the SEC and FSU doesn't find a home in either of those conferences, they'll be begging to join the Big 12.
       

  2. #2152
    Originally Posted by Redhawk View Post
    As I understand it the GOR in the Big 12 is a legal rental of the TV rights for the Big 12 conference from the individual schools. It lasts for the duration of the of the TV contracts. To break that or to get the GOR back, a school would have a few options (I'm not a lawyer, just thinking of the ways that makes sense to get back a rental contract).

    1) Conference disbands. Thus no legal entity holding the rights. I believe this would take 3/4 vote, or 8 schools of the current 10.
    2) Buy back the rights. This kills any financial benefits from moving conferences, but gets more realistic each year as the GOR years diminish.
    3) Challenge in court: Show the conference isn't using the rights in the best interests or is damaging the future value of the TV rights of the school and/or the conference. Since the conference has solid TV contracts right now, I don't see how they can prove this. Tough to PROVE these.

    So the best way will be to disband the conference. That's 8 schools that have to have a soft landing spot.

    Let's look at this option of me just thinking out loud:

    1) KU goes to the B1G, OU, OSU, Texas, Tech, TCU and K-state go to the PAC. WVU go to the SEC. That's 8. Iowa St and Baylor left out. (or you could have TCU to the SEC and the PAC gets another from say New Mexico, Hawaii, UNLV, etc)

    And this is one reason, that I think some of the Big 12 Presidents are reluctant to expand. If you add more schools then you have to have more schools having to find a home. I mean, if the Big 12 were to add 2 Mid-majors just to get to 12 say....New Mexico and Colorado St for argument's sake, you now have to have 9 schools to vote to disband. And it was hard to get 8 Big 12 schools with upgrades, that extra school being a Mid-major is even harder.

    So the real question for the PAC and for the Big 12 schools is when does the GOR become financially viable to buy back? with 5 years left? 3 years?
    PAC has room for 4 and 4-only. Any more and you get too many "no" votes among the individual schools. Those 4 new schools have to be good enough for Arizona, ASU, Utah and Colorado to give up playing USC and UCLA every year.
       

  3. #2153
    We are reaching critical mass and I don't think both the big12 and ACC will survive. I think it's either or. When I say survive, I mean as a "BCS" level conference where we have been. Of course, the loser could be the next conference USA, but is that really surviving?

    We could form our own power conference with the best of big12/ACC but that would require eliminating osu, Baylor, WF, BC, etc. Thats not happening. So, I think it's going to be us or them, not both.
       

  4. #2154
    Originally Posted by rudruff View Post
    PAC has room for 4 and 4-only. Any more and you get too many "no" votes among the individual schools. Those 4 new schools have to be good enough for Arizona, ASU, Utah and Colorado to give up playing USC and UCLA every year.
    OU, KU, Tx, TCU or Tech would be a homerun for PAC. BUT...you know.
       

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    Originally Posted by OU812 View Post
    We are reaching critical mass and I don't think both the big12 and ACC will survive. I think it's either or. When I say survive, I mean as a "BCS" level conference where we have been. Of course, the loser could be the next conference USA, but is that really surviving?

    We could form our own power conference with the best of big12/ACC but that would require eliminating osu, Baylor, WF, BC, etc. Thats not happening. So, I think it's going to be us or them, not both.
    OR neither the Big 12 or the ACC survive. (unless the scraps of both is what you are saying is a "survivor")
       

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    Originally Posted by Redhawk View Post
    OR neither the Big 12 or the ACC survive. (unless the scraps of both is what you are saying is a "survivor")
    I am learning towards this outcome, depending on the actions and or destination(s) of these schools: FSU, ND, UNC. those 3 schools are the 3 most valuable schools in play, and will determine how and if the ACC (UNC stays) survives in some form, and likewise the BIGXII-2(FSU JOINS)
       

  7. #2157
    Originally Posted by Redhawk View Post
    OR neither the Big 12 or the ACC survive. (unless the scraps of both is what you are saying is a "survivor")
    I agree with you. There will be some remnants left behind that might keep the name ACC or Big12 but they'll be no better than a mid major conference.
       

  8. #2158
    I think "not survive" is a bit strong. It took a lot to kill the WAC and there wasn't even a lot of money involved in it. Conferences with television deals can always backfill instead of folding. Whether you want to watch their games is a whole other deal.
       

  9. #2159
    Originally Posted by rudruff View Post
    I think "not survive" is a bit strong. It took a lot to kill the WAC and there wasn't even a lot of money involved in it. Conferences with television deals can always backfill instead of folding. Whether you want to watch their games is a whole other deal.
    When I said they wouldn't survive, I mean as a "BCS" level conference. They can "survive" as a mid major. If they're ok with being like the big east or conf USA, fine with me. As long as OU ends up in one of the big 3 conferences, we'll be fine.
       

  10. #2160
    Originally Posted by rudruff View Post
    Conferences with television deals can always backfill instead of folding.
    I doubt the television partners would be willing to pay the same amount of money for a gutted league devoid of any teams of value.
       

  11. #2161
    Originally Posted by Mephistopheles View Post
    I doubt the television partners would be willing to pay the same amount of money for a gutted league devoid of any teams of value.
    100% correct. If Oklahoma and Texas decide to leave, ESPN/Fox wouldn't want anything to do with remaining members. GOR protects nine schools against a single school bailing. If the two heavies decide to jointly leave, good luck with the remaining members seeing media partners fulfill their long term contract.
       

  12. #2162
    They may not pay the same amount, but that is different that being able to unilaterally walk away from the contract. The Big XII wouldn't get the same money if it lost its star teams, but it wouldn't just go away. My guess is it would grab as many MWC teams as it could (see ACC-BE relationship the last couple of decades) and try to limit the damage. The only conferences that are truly in danger of disappearing are the ones that don't have anyone else to steal from.
       

  13. #2163
    Originally Posted by rudruff View Post
    They may not pay the same amount, but that is different that being able to unilaterally walk away from the contract. The Big XII wouldn't get the same money if it lost its star teams, but it wouldn't just go away. My guess is it would grab as many MWC teams as it could (see ACC-BE relationship the last couple of decades) and try to limit the damage. The only conferences that are truly in danger of disappearing are the ones that don't have anyone else to steal from.
    That's true. Have you seen what the new big east is getting? The big12 TV deal, without OU or tx, would look very similar to that deal.
       

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    Originally Posted by rudruff View Post
    They may not pay the same amount, but that is different that being able to unilaterally walk away from the contract. The Big XII wouldn't get the same money if it lost its star teams, but it wouldn't just go away. My guess is it would grab as many MWC teams as it could (see ACC-BE relationship the last couple of decades) and try to limit the damage. The only conferences that are truly in danger of disappearing are the ones that don't have anyone else to steal from.
    Well, when we say "surviving" I mean in it's current form or close to it's currant levels. The Big East was gutted...but there is a conference with the name "Big East". For me, they didn't survive the cut down in conferences. Hell, there's a WAC still.
       

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    Originally Posted by OU812 View Post
    OU, KU, Tx, TCU or Tech would be a homerun for PAC.
    fify
       

  16. #2166
    I'm confused as to how the GOR is supposed to keep members in the conference. For example is OU, Texas, KU and forth member bolt for the PAC, who cares if the Big XII thinks they own the rights to the games. Doesn't the conference have to still pay out the TV money to that team even if they are in another conference? Plus the fact that on the field, uniform, court, helmet etc..would be PAC 16, so that's free advirtising. Then considering ESPN / Fox would immediately back out of the TV deal because OU and Texas wouldn't be playing the ISU, Baylor and Tech's of the world, that would be a plus for the bolting teams.

    Ultimately, for the future of OU and Texas, it makes sense to break this thing up sooner rather than later. Why wait until every spot is taken and OU and Texas are stuck for the next 100 years in a subpar conference. Is David Boren, or Joe C paying any attention to anything???
       

  17. #2167
    Originally Posted by orey22 View Post
    For example is OU, Texas, KU and forth member bolt for the PAC, who cares if the Big XII thinks they own the rights to the games.
    No one cares what the Big XII thinks. People care what they actually legally own, and the point of the GOR is to make sure that the conference DOES own them.

    Originally Posted by orey22 View Post
    Doesn't the conference have to still pay out the TV money to that team even if they are in another conference?
    I would assume the answer is no. I'm pretty sure the GOR works by having the schools sell their rights to the conference for a petty sum (e.g. $1), then the conference selling the collective rights to a network. The contract for revenue distribution is almost certainly tied to conference affiliation, not the sale of the rights.

    Originally Posted by orey22 View Post
    Then considering ESPN / Fox would immediately back out of the TV deal because OU and Texas wouldn't be playing the ISU, Baylor and Tech's of the world, that would be a plus for the bolting teams.
    Until they sue the schools using the loss of the television revenue as a quantifiable financial damage.

    Originally Posted by orey22 View Post
    Why wait until every spot is taken and OU and Texas are stuck for the next 100 years in a subpar conference.
    The Pac-12 is not going to expand without Texas, so every spot will not be taken.


    I'm pretty sure there are only two ways to sue your way out of a GOR:
    1)the conference fails in its fiduciary duty (that's not going to be a winning argument when you grant your rights to the conference at the same time the conference signs a television deal. That implies you are ok with the financial payout) or
    2) something changes materially about the conference. (e.g. a change in the revenue sharing agreement, the addition of other members, etc.)

    Basically, the only way for a school to get out is for the conference to vote to change something and for a member that wants to leave to vote no and then sue their way out of the conference. (If the change is something petty, the conference would just drop the issue)
       

  18. #2168
    Originally Posted by Mephistopheles View Post
    No one cares what the Big XII thinks. People care what they actually legally own, and the point of the GOR is to make sure that the conference DOES own them.


    I would assume the answer is no. I'm pretty sure the GOR works by having the schools sell their rights to the conference for a petty sum (e.g. $1), then the conference selling the collective rights to a network. The contract for revenue distribution is almost certainly tied to conference affiliation, not the sale of the rights.


    Until they sue the schools using the loss of the television revenue as a quantifiable financial damage.


    The Pac-12 is not going to expand without Texas, so every spot will not be taken.


    I'm pretty sure there are only two ways to sue your way out of a GOR:
    1)the conference fails in its fiduciary duty (that's not going to be a winning argument when you grant your rights to the conference at the same time the conference signs a television deal. That implies you are ok with the financial payout) or
    2) something changes materially about the conference. (e.g. a change in the revenue sharing agreement, the addition of other members, etc.)

    Basically, the only way for a school to get out is for the conference to vote to change something and for a member that wants to leave to vote no and then sue their way out of the conference. (If the change is something petty, the conference would just drop the issue)
    I actually disagree with the Texas comment. While Texas is the absolute #1 priority for PAC, they do have a decent fallback option in TCU due to Dallas AND Fort Worth television markets and TCU wouldnt say no to a $25 mil+/year deal.

    This is where it gets interesting. Kansas, is a valuable commodity that could be a player in this game that most people dont know. Yeah they dont bring in the football revenue but their top tier basketball program AND their AAU status makes them a VERY valuable target. I wouldnt be a bit suprised if B1G is talking to them also. However, I believe in order for them to do such thing, the B1G would also have to be talking to OU to further "materially change" the Big12 due to these two defecting. My assumptions for both OU and KU pitches are to add on both little brothers into the B1G which Delany would not be happy about.

    Another theory which I think is more realistic and the reason why we are in a stand still is the state of Texas tv exposure. Neither B1G nor Pac12 have any whatsoever. Texas being the Mecca of that spot is currently content with their position. Why? They BELIEVE that they are in the most beneficial spot that they could be in. Otherwise, the landscape would be drastically different. Both B1G and PAC12 want Texas. Who doesnt? They're the most valuable not only on the market, but in the country on a D1 level.


    I firmly believe that the B1G would love to have OU come on board. But in order to have this, they want more exposure to Texas How would they do this? Convince Texas or settle for TCU (which I believe they would be content with). However, if OU goes there, so does KU.

    Just my 2 cents
       

  19. #2169
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    I actually disagree with the Texas comment. While Texas is the absolute #1 priority for PAC, they do have a decent fallback option in TCU due to Dallas AND Fort Worth television markets and TCU wouldnt say no to a $25 mil+/year deal.

    This is where it gets interesting. Kansas, is a valuable commodity that could be a player in this game that most people dont know. Yeah they dont bring in the football revenue but their top tier basketball program AND their AAU status makes them a VERY valuable target. I wouldnt be a bit suprised if B1G is talking to them also. However, I believe in order for them to do such thing, the B1G would also have to be talking to OU to further "materially change" the Big12 due to these two defecting. My assumptions for both OU and KU pitches are to add on both little brothers into the B1G which Delany would not be happy about.

    Another theory which I think is more realistic and the reason why we are in a stand still is the state of Texas tv exposure. Neither B1G nor Pac12 have any whatsoever. Texas being the Mecca of that spot is currently content with their position. Why? They BELIEVE that they are in the most beneficial spot that they could be in. Otherwise, the landscape would be drastically different. Both B1G and PAC12 want Texas. Who doesnt? They're the most valuable not only on the market, but in the country on a D1 level.


    I firmly believe that the B1G would love to have OU come on board. But in order to have this, they want more exposure to Texas How would they do this? Convince Texas or settle for TCU (which I believe they would be content with). However, if OU goes there, so does KU.

    Just my 2 cents
    If you think the Pac 12 wants TCU you haven't been paying attention.

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  20. #2170
    Originally Posted by TeLeFaWx View Post
    If you think the Pac 12 wants TCU you haven't been paying attention.

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    No need. TCU is a valuable hotspot

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    Originally Posted by MichaelJackson'sNose View Post
    I actually disagree with the Texas comment. While Texas is the absolute #1 priority for PAC, they do have a decent fallback option in TCU due to Dallas AND Fort Worth television markets and TCU wouldnt say no to a $25 mil+/year deal.
    If the Pac-12 wants to take a Texas school that doesn't carry the state, I cannot see why they'd take TCU over Houston. Comparable market (6 million people versus 6.5 million) but much better fit. (arbitrary publication rankings say TCU is a better school, but Houston is a very high research university according to the Carnegie foundation and that probably matters more)
       

  22. #2172
    The Pac needs 4 schools for any kind of a move to occur (anything less creates internal problems among the schools that result in 4 "no" votes). Even going over 16 has problems as to how the conference will be divided. That is going to have to be decided before the presidents are willing to vote.

    OU and UT are obvious. The last two spots the Pac would probably prefer to be Texas schools, but you have arguments that might work for OSU as well.
       

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    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (I don't know if they have an American football team, but you find a way to make it work)
       

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    KU (basketball here)
       

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    Bias aside, what makes TTU more attractive to the PAC than OSU?
       

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    Originally Posted by Cowboy1964adam View Post
    Bias aside, what makes TTU more attractive to the PAC than OSU?
    UT
       

  27. #2177
    Originally Posted by Redhawk View Post
    OR neither the Big 12 or the ACC survive. (unless the scraps of both is what you are saying is a "survivor")
    When Fox supported the Big 12, it meant ACC's future as a major conference was doomed. Big 12 ain't going anywhere folks. ESPN could not stop the Big 10, which is Fox's hammer, from inflicting loss on the ACC.
       

  28. #2178
    Originally Posted by Cowboy1964adam View Post
    Bias aside, what makes TTU more attractive to the PAC than OSU?
    More of the tx TV market and a 2nd school in tx.
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    Originally Posted by Cowboy1964adam View Post
    Bias aside, what makes TTU more attractive to the PAC than OSU?
    [IMG]img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/002/041/574/uspw_6757212_crop_exact.jpg?w=650&h=440&q=75[/IMG]

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    Originally Posted by OU812 View Post
    More of the tx TV market and a 2nd school in tx.
    Then why not TCU (DFW and Recent BCS bowl wins/appearances)
       

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    Originally Posted by TeLeFaWx View Post
    [IMG]img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/002/041/574/uspw_6757212_crop_exact.jpg?w=650&h=440&q=75[/IMG]

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    is pretty attractive too
       

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    Originally Posted by Cowboy1964adam View Post
    Bias aside, what makes TTU more attractive to the PAC than OSU?
    Texas recruiting over Oklahoma recruiting.
       

  33. #2183
    Originally Posted by Cowboy1964adam View Post
    Then why not TCU (DFW and Recent BCS bowl wins/appearances)
    See bolded.

    Of course, now that idiot x97 is going to come out of the woodwork and rail against the bigotry of the Pac-12...
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    The number of hot chicks per capita at TCU compared to TTU should gain them favor with the Pac, I would think.
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  35. #2185
    IF they could actually get UT, the PAC-12 would want Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and whoever...in that order. Period.
    And because of the politics, Kansas would be added first. That's the lesson learned from last time.
    And one of OSU and TTU would then be squeezed out. (read: OSU)

    So it's not about making a choice between OSU and TTU. It's about getting the 3 new markets, with two AAU schools, two football powers and a basketball titan. And then basically giving UT what they want, which I would guess might be TTU. Otherwise, if Larry Scott could draft 4 (no politics involved) he'd take UT. OU, KU (in that order) and then find a new 4th market for those new networks.
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    His favorite team is BYU and will never be in the Big12
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    Great. The West Virginia hillbillies are now whining about travel after having been in the B12 only 6 months or so.

    MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s athletic department and the Big 12 Conference have agreed to attempt to make some travel changes to accommodate the problems the Mountaineers faced during their first season in the league.
    Athletic Director Oliver Luck says the league offered no guarantees because “scheduling is always a challenge” but the league has agreed to attempt to make life on the road easier in a number of areas when it can.
    WVU geographically is out of place in the Big 12, with every trip not only being of 1,700 miles round trip or more but fighting a time zone change which costs them an hour returning to Morgantown.


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    This message is hidden because x97 is on your ignore list.
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    Originally Posted by Cowboy1964adam View Post
    Then why not TCU (DFW and Recent BCS bowl wins/appearances)
    When Larry Scott tried to make the Pac-16 the first time, Baylor wasn't included for a reason. Small private schools that arent blue bloods don't have a seat at the table in major conferences, especially ones with religious ties when concerning a left coast conference. BCS Bowl wins have absolutely zero to do with realignment. Mizzou and Texas A&M are in the SEC, and Slive wouldn't have touched TCU with a ten foot pole. It just doesn't offer anything.

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    Originally Posted by x97 View Post
    Great. The West Virginia hillbillies are now whining about travel after having been in the B12 only 6 months or so.

    MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s athletic department and the Big 12 Conference have agreed to attempt to make some travel changes to accommodate the problems the Mountaineers faced during their first season in the league.
    Athletic Director Oliver Luck says the league offered no guarantees because “scheduling is always a challenge” but the league has agreed to attempt to make life on the road easier in a number of areas when it can.
    WVU geographically is out of place in the Big 12, with every trip not only being of 1,700 miles round trip or more but fighting a time zone change which costs them an hour returning to Morgantown.


    http://www.exponent-telegram.com/spo...a4bcf887a.html
    So we're making fun of West Virginia whinning about travel, but alot of Sooners fans are all excited about joining the PAC 12 and playing alot of games two time zones away?????? I maybe crazy but I can but I can kinda see their point but its their old buddy Delross Dodds fault, Big 12 couldn't had Louisville.....
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    Originally Posted by x97 View Post
    Great. The West Virginia hillbillies are now whining about travel after having been in the B12 only 6 months or so.

    MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s athletic department and the Big 12 Conference have agreed to attempt to make some travel changes to accommodate the problems the Mountaineers faced during their first season in the league.
    Athletic Director Oliver Luck says the league offered no guarantees because “scheduling is always a challenge” but the league has agreed to attempt to make life on the road easier in a number of areas when it can.
    WVU geographically is out of place in the Big 12, with every trip not only being of 1,700 miles round trip or more but fighting a time zone change which costs them an hour returning to Morgantown.


    http://www.exponent-telegram.com/spo...a4bcf887a.html
    Part of their problem was their own doing... this year they had back-to-back games in Lubbock and Austin. I'm sure that was done by the conference to help with this very thing... yet, what did WVU do? They drove their equipment truck from Morgantown to Lubbock... then after the game BACK to Morgantown... then back to Austin... Don't have any idea why they would do that. I'm sure there was somewhere between or IN Lubbock or Austin that they could have done some laundry and regrouped the equipment to save the double trip.
       

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    Originally Posted by T.Lemons View Post
    So we're making fun of West Virginia whinning about travel, but alot of Sooners fans are all excited about joining the PAC 12 and playing alot of games two time zones away?????? I maybe crazy but I can but I can kinda see their point but its their old buddy Delross Dodds fault, Big 12 couldn't had Louisville.....
    I think it's funny that West Virginia is whinning simply because they desperately wanted to leave the sinking ship called the Big East to go ANYWHERE, and of course the lowly Big 12 took them in, and now they complain. Granted they are on an island, and they shouldn't even be in the Big 12, much less there shouldn't even be a Big 12.

    It's different for the PAC because OU would have for example Texas, KU, and Tech as close mates in the new league. In a Pod system they would only travel out West two or three times per year max. If a Pod system existed, the schedule might be ( Texas / KU / Tech / UCLA / Colorado / Stanford / Washington / Arizona / Utah ). Take out going to Colorado, since we did that in the Big 8 for many years anyways, then you only travel West two to three times per year.

    Even if OU were to have to travel West say four times per year, I'd be out there for two or three of those games, and I live in the Midwest. I'd much rather go to the West Coast vs. Waco, Ames, Manhatten or Morgantown.

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  43. #2193
    Originally Posted by T.Lemons View Post
    So we're making fun of West Virginia whinning about travel, but alot of Sooners fans are all excited about joining the PAC 12 and playing alot of games two time zones away?????? I maybe crazy but I can but I can kinda see their point but its their old buddy Delross Dodds fault, Big 12 couldn't had Louisville.....
    Define "alot" of games. If OU/UT/OSU/Tech joined the PAC 16, that would lead to two 8 team divisions, one coastal (PST) and one CST/MST. 7 divisional games, 2 cross divisional games, 1 of which would be on the road. We would alternate playing the AZ schools on the road every year in division, alternate playing Utah/CU on the road, leading to 2 road games in the MST and 1 in the PST every year. That's 3, at the most, "wild" road games for OU or any other CST team in the PAC 16.

    West Virginia, on the other hand, plays ALL of their road games in the CST. So when its the 4 home 5 away conference schedule rotation...that is five road games 1500+ miles away, with many Big 12 land grant schools hours removed from any major metro area for convenient fan travel (contrasted with Tuscon, Denver, Salt Lake, and Phoenix in the Western Division of a PAC 16). There isn't a comparison between WVU's situation and a hypothetical PAC 16. WVU probably has some buyers remorse after seeing Louisville going to the ACC. If they waited, they could have been added to the ACC in Louisville's place (WVU probably would have won the Big East this year), thus rekindling natural rivalries with Pitt, UVA, and Va Tech.

    But travel is a concern, whether its OU to the PAC or FSU to the Big 12. That's why FSU and Clemson won't join. It's why FSU, Clemson, Miami, and Ga Tech won't join. But it's why FSU, Clemson, Miami, Ga Tech, UNC, and Duke very well MAY join, because it softens the travel burden to have a large party of members in the same time zone.
       

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    Define "alot"
       

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    It's perfectly reasonable for WVU to ask for some travel concessions, especially in basketball. How hard would it be to schedule WVU Saturday/Monday games for their trips to Oklahoma and Kansas? They could play the Sooners on the road on Saturday and then hit Stillwater for Big Monday a couple days later. Do that, and they've knocked out both road games in one trip. They could do the same for the KU/K-State games, too.

    I didn't get the sense that Luck was whining about the travel, though. He was just pointing out some things the league could do to save them money.
       

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    Originally Posted by Camel at Sea View Post
    It's perfectly reasonable for WVU to ask for some travel concessions, especially in basketball. How hard would it be to schedule WVU Saturday/Monday games for their trips to Oklahoma and Kansas? They could play the Sooners on the road on Saturday and then hit Stillwater for Big Monday a couple days later. Do that, and they've knocked out both road games in one trip. They could do the same for the KU/K-State games, too.

    I didn't get the sense that Luck was whining about the travel, though. He was just pointing out some things the league could do to save them money.
    Yep. Makes sense too.
       

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    Kevin Harlan, a KU grad and well respective broadcaster (not blogger) on KC radio this morning talking about his sources saying the B1G is definitely going to 16 and possibly 20 with KU involved:

    http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=172&f=2481&t=11317797
       

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    That interview made it sound like it was "being discussed internally" within the B1G. Nothing too earth shattering. Also there was bit more scuttlebut about Mizzou leaving the SEC for the B1G. Now THAT would be hilarious. College sports will be better off when Jim Delaney is no longer involved with it.
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    Relative levels of evil (increasing from left to right):
    Jim Delaney -> Hitler/Stalin -> Mike Slive -> Lucifer -> Nick Saban
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    Big East might sell the name to The Catholic 7

    A new television deal with ESPN, despite the low payout, allows the Big East to transition from a tumultuous 15 months.

    Will a name change complete the makeover?

    The Big East namesake was part of the television negotiations with NBC, according to a source -- a potential provision of roughly $2 million for the network to market a new name should the league sell the Big East handle to the departing Catholic 7.

    The NBC Sports Network offered a reported $20-23 million per year for the Big East's media rights, but ESPN had the exclusive rights to match, which it did last week. It's uncertain whether ESPN's deal has the same provision.

    Big East officials did not provide clarification on the contractual language upon request. CBSSports.com has reached out to an ESPN spokesman on the matter.

    In December, a Big East attorney sent the Catholic 7 -- composed of DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova – a document titled “Mutual Commitment Agreement – Initial Separation Issues List” asking the group whether it wishes to retain the name.

    The basketball schools might have more attachment to it because of their history in the league. If the name is worth, say, $8-10 million, that's good money for a football league that resembles the old Conference USA after several waves of conference realignment.

    No football team in the 10-team Big East lineup for 2014 has held membership for more than nine years.

    More than half this new-look league has yet to make its Big East football debut.

    The conference's anchors, UConn and Cincinnati, would prefer to join the ACC. The league will add Navy in 2014 and could include Tulsa in the coming months.

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegefoot...v-negotiations
       

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