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08-29-2011 08:44 PM #1
08-31-2011 10:25 AM #2
With that said, I agree, MD isn't going to the SEC. The Big 10 may come calling however, so while unlikely, it could be awfully tempting to join them if offered.
Oddly enough, if VA Tech did leave for the SEC, it could cause a domino effect, wherein Swofford could seek to add as few as one, to as many as seven schools from the Big East. This is already interesting, but imagine the speculation once something like VA Tech to the SEC occurs. Wow. I personally could see it, though Missouri could fill the void (despite their obvious longing for the Big Ten.)
08-31-2011 12:52 PM #3
It's official. Texas A&M to leave Big 12
Greg, I probably didn't word it well in my OPs, but I really wanted to make this thread as a list of rumors/links about conference realignment (with discussion), while the other one would just be various scenarios/wish lists.
I'll lock the other one if you think that's best.
08-31-2011 01:15 PM #4
08-31-2011 03:24 PM #5
08-31-2011 03:51 PM #6
I think if the Longhorn Conference (a.k.a. Big XII) wants to continue to exist, they need to act before the SEC makes overtures towards Oklahoma. I think as long as the Sooners are willing to stick around and be the second-in-command to Texas, then the Big XII can survive in some form. If the Sooners leave for greener pastures, then I think the conference implodes. To prevent that the Big XII needs to act quickly to get back to at least 10 members, and perhaps 12 so they can have their championship game again and keep their TV partners satisfied revenue-wise. As for who the Big XII adds, we can toss out the rumors of Notre Dame and Arkansas. Neither of those schools will want to give up their current arrangements, especially for a conference with such instability and imbalance. BYU makes the most sense....and their plans to put games on BYU-TV after going independent will still fit in with the Big XII's business model. And their national profile makes them a solid addition.
After that, if the conference wants to live up to its name, then they should likewise move quick to get to 12. Names I've heard include Houston, SMU, Louisville, Boise State and Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is probably out, as the rumors surrounding them seemed to be contingent on Notre Dame joining, which won't happen. Louisville sounds intriguing, but I don't see enough serious interest on either side. SMU and Houston will replace a little bit of the in-state presence the conference loses when A&M leaves, and it's obvious either school would eagerly accept an offer. But neither one brings a national (or even in-state) profile or expands the broadcast footprint of the conference. Boise St is also very intriguing. Solid football program with national recognition, but little else in terms of athletic competition or market size. Honestly, outside of BYU I just don't see a slam-dunk choice if they want to expand to 12 members, so I'll be very curious to see how this plays out.
08-31-2011 03:58 PM #7
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08-31-2011 04:08 PM #8
08-31-2011 04:34 PM #9
08-31-2011 05:50 PM #10
Jeez, the SEC is getting even tougher. A&M seems like it's a given, VT seems likely also. Any team that gets through the league with 1 loss should have an automatic spot in the NCG.
08-31-2011 06:16 PM #11
Regarding the Big 12... TCU makes a great deal of sense. They are currently at least as good in football, if not better than A&M. Not a bad replacement, despite the issues of TCU heading to the Big East.
Boise State, TCU and SMU seem like the most likely threesome IF the Big 12 survives. Personally I believe that the constant worries of implosion may force B12 schools to consider more stable alliances.
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08-31-2011 06:21 PM #12
09-01-2011 01:50 PM #13
Here is BYU's statement on conference realignment.
"There is much speculation right now regarding conference affiliation that seems to change by the hour. Commenting on such conjecture is not productive and creates a distraction for our program. As we enter the 2011-12 athletic season, BYU is focused on the opportunities ahead. We are excited about our relationship with ESPN as a football independent and our affiliation with the West Coast Conference. The university will have no further comment."
09-01-2011 05:38 PM #14
09-02-2011 07:19 PM #15
Here's your random conference realignment rumor of the day:
*** Several sources said that while the media attention is locked on the Big 12’s purported courtship of BYU, what’s really happening behind the scenes is this:
The Big 12 is considering a raid of the Big East for at least two teams and perhaps more.
The names I heard from multiple sources were Pittsburgh and Rutgers, but I have to believe others, including Louisville and West Virginia, are in play.
The notion that the Big 12 was only interested in Pitt as a package deal with Notre Dame, I was told, is rubbish.
EDIT: One last update:
NORMAN — University of Oklahoma president David Boren said Friday he expects the Sooners' conference affiliation to be decided soon.
“I don't know how long before clarity comes to us,” Boren said. “It might be a matter of 72 hours. It might be a matter of two weeks. I don't think it will be longer.”
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