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Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:07 am
Edited on: June 15, 2010 8:08 am

So that's it?


Boise State to the Mountain West, Colorado to the Pac-10, and Nebraska to the Big Ten is all we get in what has been described, over and over again throughout the past week, as college athletics' most unstable time in decades? No super conferences? No loss of a conference? If this is really all we get -- plus Utah to the Pac-10, which at the moment seems like the only logical move for commissioner Larry Scott, who wanted a 16-school league but will probably have to settle for Utah making his league a 12-school league -- then color me disappointed, because when this fuse was lit I prepared for the biggest of bangs. Instead, the national landscape hasn't really changed much, and it doesn't look like it will in the immediate future.

It was a bomb scare with no bomb.

It was a tornado watch with no twister.

The recap looks like this: The Big Ten improved with Nebraska. The Pac-10 will be enhanced with Colorado and, presumably, Utah. The Big 12 lost two schools and took a hit, but probably feels great considering how close it was to dissolving. And the Mountain West improved with the addition of Boise State, but could soon be damaged by the loss of Utah, which would then owe Texas a huge smooth.

Isn't that wild?

UT's decision to reject the Pac-10 will likely turn Utah into a "BCS" school.

All together now, Utah fans: Hook'em Horns!

(Note to Utah fans: If you see Vince Young in a strip club, do not fight him.He is your friend. You owe his alma mater.)

Seriously, almost from the start, it was clear Texas was the major player in all this, and that the Longhorns had the power to turn the Pac-10 into the Pac-16 and kill the Big 12, or hold much of the Big 12 together and in the process slow the move toward super conferences, if only temporarily. Ultimately, Texas decided to go with the latter. So now the Big 12 has 10 football-playing schools, the Pac-10 has 11, and the Big Ten has 12.

And nobody has 16.

That's the key.

Massive realignment now seems unlikely this summer.

The fuse was lit.

But Texas turned an expected bang into a minor dud by resisting the urge to go west.
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Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2010 3:36 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

This is kind of cool...I don't know if I could stomach Cal and the Cats being in our conference, but still, this is cool.  However, UGA and USC add nothing to basketball for the ACC, they would both be bottom feeders.  If Vandy headed to the C-USA, they would dominate in basketball and probly be pretty average for football.  In the Big East, they would die.  Football and basketball.  Even though they are pretty good at basketball, they can't hang with the powerhouses in the Big East.  I think the biggest problem with your realignment is it eliminates the intense rlvalries that UGA has with Tennessee and Florida.  I would like to hope that Kentucky would be willing to play in a tougher conference, but maybe not.  They pretty much can rule the roost in the SEC, with the exception of UT and Vandy...and maybe Florida, on a REALLY good day.  I also agree that your Big 12 basketball scene would be BEAST.  Texas, Kansas, K State, OU, Baylor, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss.  Nice.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2010 6:29 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

Geez-how about the Big 12 pick up Arkansas and TCU; Oklahoma State move to the NORTH, and then we can finally get into the Big 12 Championship Game!   Our Rivalry with Arkansas would kick in after a 30 hiatus.

Oh-and now Oklahoma and Nebraska can continue their annual rivalry unobstructed like the Tex/OU game was before they entered the same conference.    Big10/Big 12 bragging rights!

As for the poster that said that Arkansas hasn't done anything in the SEC?   I don't know what the Criteria is but way off base if you are judging but only conference championships.   Arkansas has been to the SEC CC Game 3 times, and their basketball team has won the NC and been in a losing NC Game.    Their baseball team has made several appearances in CWS.    Quietly more successful than probably 100 of the 119 other D-1 or FBS schools... and paid very well in the SEC.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 5:15 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

Left out LSU in the Southeast part....

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 5:07 pm

Big 12 should now make a HUGE move...

...and merge with the SEC into a new conference called the South 16.  The conference would be broken down into two divisions: southwest (a nod to the Big 12's beginnings) and southeast (to honor the SEC).

Kansas St
Oklahoma St
Texas Tech
Texas A&M

Mississippi St

Sets up a nice Texas-Florida conference football title game and a rough basketball conference tourney.  Even the baseball conference would be pretty stout.

Left out in the cold are Missouri and Iowa State on the Big 12 side, but both of those would be a good fit for the Big 10 with some built -in rivalries (Iowa-Iowa State, Missouri-Nebraska)).  On the SEC is where it gets tough.  Kentucky, Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina are left out.  Losing Georgia in football would sting, and Kentucky in basketball would hurt too.  But luckily the ACC could swoop in and snag Kentucky, Georgia and South Carolina and invite Louisville from the big east.  Vandy would have to catch on either in the Big East or in Conference USA.

ACC then splits into North and South divisions.

Boston College
Georgia Tech
Virginia Tech

Florida St
NC State
South Carolina
Wake Forest

This sets up UNC-Duke, Florida State-Miami, and Clemson-South Carolina in the South, with Georgia-Georgia Tech, Kentucky-Louisville and Virginia-Virginia Tech as rivalries in the North.

Potential football championships would be Virginia Tech/BC/Georgia vs Clemson/FSU/Miami and the ACC basketball tournament would be insane.

So one move by the Big 12 and it could give us two very interesting superconferences while also letting the Big 10 pick up a few teams.  Instead of waiting to be poached or saying 10 teams make more money why not be proactive and build the NY Yankees of college conferences?

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 5:04 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

Agreed.  TCU and Houston would be perfect to get the Big 12 back into an actual 12-team conference and then they won't have to worry about requesting some kind of exception from the NCAA to keep up their conference championship.  I suppose some people would complain about those two teams...but, look at who they lost.  Colorado.  Their playing level is replaced with Houston.  Nebraska.  Their playing level is replaced with Texas Christian.  The conference ends up essentially the same.  Also, if Texas rules the roost, I'm sure they can persuade the conference two more teams in the state of Texas.

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2010 4:58 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment


Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 4:14 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

And I will miss the Nebraska-Oklahoma match ups, oh, wait when was the lastime they met?

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 4:10 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

SWC 2.0 (better version, less sanctions).

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 4:08 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

UT knew want they wanted and stuck to it. The PAC10 and Big12 kissed the burnt orange behind until it glowed.  Beebe just put a little more spit shine on it.  It's a little sickening to know that one school has that much power.

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 4:00 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

Ally?  Arkansas left the scandal ridden SWC for the SEC and UT begged at the Big 8 doorstep for a home for them and their ugly kid sister Baylor.  Woo pig sooey!  UT wouldn't want a CC game antime soon when they could add an extra bye week and another weak OOC opponent late in the season like Florida does.

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