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Old 06-11-2010, 10:29 AM   #136 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

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Boise State is joining the Mountain West today:

http://www.broncosports.com/SplashPa...H_AD_ID=502023

That is just a really solid-looking conference. I wonder if they'll end up taking in KU and KSU
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:02 AM   #137 (permalink)
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Live streaming of the Nebraska Board of Regents meeting:

http://www.huskers.com/mediaPortal/p...RIBER_CONTENT=
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:06 AM   #138 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

They've gone into a "closed session".
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:55 AM   #139 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

Nebraska has just announced that they have formally applied for membership to the Big Ten.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:01 PM   #140 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

Omaha World-Herald reporting that Nebraska is now a Big Ten member:

http://www.omaha.com/article/2010061...to-the-big-ten

This should force the hand of Texas and their peeps (A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma & Oklahoma State)
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:13 PM   #141 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

The Texas Board of Regents meets next Tuesday when it is expected that an announcement of their move to the PAC-10 (along with Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) will take place:

http://texas.rivals.com/

Texas A&M is still on the fence and considering the SEC. If the Aggies don't go to the PAC-10 then Kansas or Utah come into play as PAC-10 member #16.

This spells trouble for the East Coast conferences (ACC/Big East/A-10/CAA) as it appears that a major realignment is inevitable.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:52 PM   #142 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

Updated predictions based on recent events:

Big Ten (12)

Penn State
Ohio State
Michigan
Michigan State
Indiana
Purdue

Northeastern
Illinois
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Iowa
Nebraska

I think that the Big Ten is waiting on Notre Dame and will continue to wait before going to 16.

PAC-10 (16)

Washington
Washington State
Oregon
Oregon State
Cal
Stanford
UCLA
USC

Arizona
Arizona State
Colorado
Utah
Texas
Texas Tech
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State


SEC (16)

Kentucky
Tennessee
Vanderbilt
South Carolina
Georgia
Florida
Alabama
Auburn

Ole Miss
Mississippi State
LSU
Arkansas
Texas A&M
Missouri
Kansas
Kansas State


ACC - No changes

Big East - No changes
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:38 PM   #143 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

Notre Dame will swallow their pride and realize that Indiana's football team makes more money through the Big Ten network than they do with their contract with NBC. Plus, its not like Notre Dame's ratings are through the roof. They may not even get their contract renewed.
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:38 PM   #144 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

FWIW, the transcript of the final Big 12 meeting.

http://www.bringonthecats.com/2010/6...-big-12-twelve
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:24 AM   #145 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

Looking more and more like Texas A&M is bound for the SEC.

And now the Mountain West seems ready to make a play for Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=5279018

I think that this has a good shot at happening. Those 3 schools look like they are going to be shut out from the other 4 major league expansions.

So a future Mountain West may look like this:

Missouri
Kansas
Kansas State
TCU
New Mexico
Wyoming
Boise State

Colorado State
Air Force
*Utah
BYU
UNLV
*Fresno State
San Diego State

*If Utah doesn't go the the PAC-10 then they will most likely look at one more member to get to 14 which I predict will be Fresno State.

That looks like one nice conference! The Mountain West may have to send out thank-you letters to the PAC-10 and Big Ten.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:50 AM   #146 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

But wouldn't Missouri and Texas A&M going to the SEC be just as likely a scenario? The SEC could then easily raid and obtain two more for 16 (Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville, etc.). What if OU and OSU opted for the SEC as well along with Mizzou and TAMU? Not too far from Norman and Stillwater to Fayetteville and Columbia!!

Got to think that Utah becomes the 16th member of the PAC-n conference if Texas, OU, OSU and Tech sign on.

Seems a little crazy for TCU to block Baylor's entrance into their conference. I mean they were once SW Conference mates, a Big XII member would provide more "cache" than someone coming from a lower conference, it would help by providing a reasonably local rival, etc. Seems short sighted just like Utah/Utah State, New Mexico/NM State, Iowa/Iowa State being in different conferences. I mean it works well for Michigan, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Mississippi, etc.
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

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Looking more and more like Texas A&M is bound for the SEC.

And now the Mountain West seems ready to make a play for Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=5279018

I think that this has a good shot at happening. Those 3 schools look like they are going to be shut out from the other 4 major league expansions.

So a future Mountain West may look like this:

Missouri
Kansas
Kansas State
TCU
New Mexico
Wyoming
Boise State

Colorado State
Air Force
*Utah
BYU
UNLV
*Fresno State
San Diego State

*If Utah doesn't go the the PAC-10 then they will most likely look at one more member to get to 14 which I predict will be Fresno State.

That looks like one nice conference! The Mountain West may have to send out thank-you letters to the PAC-10 and Big Ten.
A&M can't go to the SEC alone -- there will be three more with them, no? Have to figure Kansas, K-State, Missouri and Iowa State (you left them off your list) are in the conversation there as well.

I've been traveling and generally out of touch all week. Need to spend some time tonight figuring out the permutations of what may/may not happen.

It seems like Utah would go to the Pac-10 if Texas A&M doesn't.

It is hard to believe that the Big Ten stays at 12 if the SEC and Pac-10 go to sixteen.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:58 AM   #148 (permalink)
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But wouldn't Missouri and Texas A&M going to the SEC be just as likely a scenario? The SEC could then easily raid and obtain two more for 16 (Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville, etc.). What if OU and OSU opted for the SEC as well along with Mizzou and TAMU? Not too far from Norman and Stillwater to Fayetteville and Columbia!!

Got to think that Utah becomes the 16th member of the PAC-n conference if Texas, OU, OSU and Tech sign on.

Seems a little crazy for TCU to block Baylor's entrance into their conference. I mean they were once SW Conference mates, a Big XII member would provide more "cache" than someone coming from a lower conference, it would help by providing a reasonably local rival, etc. Seems short sighted just like Utah/Utah State, New Mexico/NM State, Iowa/Iowa State being in different conferences. I mean it works well for Michigan, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Mississippi, etc.
If the SEC gets Texas A&M then I think that they look East for the other 3 (IF they go to 16 members). Florida State is probably next......then Clemson and Virginia Tech.

OU and OSU are going to the PAC-10.

TCU wants to protect its "status" as the only Texas school in the Mountain West.......probably a good idea for them as they have become a powerhouse in football without the help (or attention grabbing) of other Texas programs.

It's a new world out there.....history and loyalty don't mean squat!
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

Where is Baylor in all this?
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Where is Baylor in all this?
Nowhere. Probably eventually in some kind of Conference USA looking thing.
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