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BPSkelly (Brian Skelly) says...

Because UW, Oregon, and the Cal/Stanford combo would look at the Big 12 as it's 2nd choice.

The Arizona schools and Utes and Buffs aren't going to be offered to join the Big 10, likely ever. The lifeline from the Big 12 has percolated about in previous rounds of this realignment stuff, so it's probably a better fit from the get go.

BPSkelly (Brian Skelly) says...

Not really. Since geography seems to be less of an issue now (at least to TV executive).

CU didn't provide the Big 12 much value previously. And it's AD is worse off now. CU just doesn't add the value to make it work.

BPSkelly (Brian Skelly) says...

It may sound crazy, but maybe Arizona / ASU along with Utah and Colorado should be targets.

My guess is markets and athletic department wise they're probably comparable to a lot of the Big 12. KU is high on that list, and will likely be the highest once UT and OU leave.

I too dream of the Big 10 as a possibility for KU. But this usc / ucla move seems like it's way out of the leftfield and is going cause a lot of scrambling for everyone.

BPSkelly (Brian Skelly) says...

Im comfortable that between this board, and conversations with KU fans and alums that I on multiple occasions expressed frustrations with David McCormick. But it seemed like the 2nd half of his Senior year he played like a Senior and realized whatever happens, this was it.

When he made those baskets at the end of the game I was nearly in tears. Of the guys -- the human heartburn machine -- was the one who hit the big shots to win it had a level of satisfaction and fulfillment that was just off the charts. Trying to explain it to my wife was difficult, but made it clear that him being the guy who made the biggest shots at KU in a decade+ was somewhat improbable. And awesome has it gets.

BPSkelly (Brian Skelly) says...

Good for him. Can't wait to see this guy on the court for KU!

BPSkelly (Brian Skelly) says...


The Pack deal is insane, and my guess won't be worth it unless Miami has another deep run in them for the tournament -- which it might.

I couldn't disagree more about a cap. We're currently in the "wild west" time of all this, but what people don't understand -- or should more than they do considering what Adidas was clearly shuffling to KU players -- is that now this simply out in the open.

The reality is that it's NOT equal and won't be -- and never really has been. I don't get how people are chortling about this.

The NCAA will have little to no say in this. Legally, it'll be tough to claim any sorta restrictions on this. And after the Supremes ruled against them 9-0, I really, really, really don't see where they're going to get the upper hand in this.

BPSkelly (Brian Skelly) says...

For as thrilled as we're all are right now, Im specifically happy for Bill Self. Multiple Championships are hard as hell to come by, and the naysayers just need to go away. Im thrilled for him as well as the kids and the fans.

This team had as enjoyable personality as any KU team in recent memory, and I'd feel that way even if we came up short tonight.

The Comeback Kids are forever cemented in KUs rich history!!!

BPSkelly (Brian Skelly) says...

What's the tie breaker? If Baylor and KU are tied, with the split in games, who ends up getting the #1 seed in the Big 12 tournament?

BPSkelly (Brian Skelly) says...

To me any conference road win is a good one. It wasn't always pretty, but I thought we played well. WVU wasn't nearly as good at home as they've been against us in the past. I don't know if that's their doing or ours. Regardless, I'll take it.

BPSkelly (Brian Skelly) says...

Clemence has a poor man's Chet Holmgren vibe to him. Not comparing the two directly, but both big guys who play more like stretch 4s than traditional big men.

Comfortable has he goes along he's going to be a big piece of Self's teams in the future.

Not sure how many minutes per game he's good for now, but my guess is he can can contribute more than he has so far.