The Big 12 has become such a joke. Adding a team that is located in the middle of the Appalachians to replace Missouri? Are you kidding me? Raise your hand if you want out of this mess...
Posted 26 October 2011, 6:34 p.m.
Interesting notion, but our chancellor and "bold" will never be mentioned in the sentence. She is hell bent on following the pack (no pun intended).
Posted 23 September 2011, 9:54 a.m.
I dislike Missouri as much as the next guy, but really, who can blame them? How many times are the schools going to be asked to pledge solidarity in the Big 12? Each time, it is less and less genuine.
It's like the old saying fool me once shame on you, twice shame one me. Then what the heck is three times???
If KU had a stronger position, I'd be pulling hard for us to just get off this train wreck once and for all. Its a new century- we can build new rivals, we can build new legacies, we can write new stories. We don't need to continue to compromise our future for the nostalgia of the past.
Posted 23 September 2011, 9:47 a.m.
The ugly truth is that it is bc BYU is the best of whats left. The Big 12 knows it can't draw anyone out of the SEC, Big 10, or Pac-12- and that is why the Big 12 is still finished. It has settled into being fourth banana from which it will be unlikely if not impossible to recover.
Posted 22 September 2011, 11:53 a.m.
You're assuming UConn and Rutgers stay. They have options and staying in a watered down Big East is likely not high on their list. If the Big East plummets to five (w/ TCU) we could be looking at a whole new, albeit it lesser (think Conf USA) pillaging.
I still think there are dominoes yet to fall...
Posted 21 September 2011, 2:27 p.m.
This mindset of today that compromise and getting along is king needs to go away. Sometimes difference of opinions insists that you part ways. We all function this way in our personal lives, why in the heck should business be any different???
While there stood be a lot of losers in the arrangement, It does not say positive things about the self-image of the Big 12 Remanants (ku, ksu, isu, mu and Baylor) that we rejoice at the salvation of the Big 12 and an opportunity to continue lock-step in being used by UT in a disparate revenue sharing situation.
The Big 12 is and will continue to be a toxic atmosphere, more so than ever. Can you imagine what UT athletes are going to have to endure on the road going forward?
The schools really need to man up, and vow that although they risk financial loss, they are willing to abandon Texas for the sake of individual integrity. UT's aggressive self interests are their prerogative, and while appropriate in an independent scenario, are inappropriate when you are part of a team of schools within a conference.
KU and MU should continue to explore their options and get the heck out of this situation once and for all. Nebraska should be commended for doing so and as such brought themselves stability and security for the next hundred years.
Posted 21 September 2011, 2:04 p.m.
I think we should make "pacKUp" t-shirts? anyone? :-p
Posted 20 September 2011, 6:50 p.m.
I think both Missouri rumors are true. Here is why:
1) it is consistent with the comments the Auburn AD made a few weeks back about being willing to move to the SEC east to accommodate expansion2) it fits with the earlier reports that the SEC was angry that Missouri to SEC had been leaked and exposed them to potential litigation (Baylor are such great team players)3) it fits that Missouri would try to perform damage control by leading a hail-mary pass to save Big 12. If it succeeds, great, Big 12 is saved. If it fails, oh well, we're off to the SEC and don't sue us Baylor, we tried to help!
Posted 20 September 2011, 6:49 p.m.
IMO: much of this info is a chess game to avoid being labeled as "the school that tipped the domino that redefined college athletics".
OU makes demands they know can not be met. Thereby avoiding blame for leaving when they are not met.
MU vows to keep Big 12 going (when they really don't care) since they have a soft landing in SEC. But if Big 12 explodes and they go to SEC then they don't look like the bad guys.
KU, K-state, et. al. say nothing, bc they are playing all their hands and don't want to look like they have wandering eyes to their prospective suitors, when in fact they do.
In the end, and as they should (I am not criticizing), everyone is looking out for #1. Read the tea leaves that way, and I think you'll be able to spot the PR smokescreens much easier.
All in all, fascinating stuff. Keep up the great info Matt! Been reading lots of sources and your continual updates are unlike anything else out there on the web.
Posted 20 September 2011, 3:52 p.m.