If the Big 12 is going to participate in realignment this time, I think we should at least TRY to really swing for the fences. I'm not even talking FSU/Clemson. What would we have to lose by going for broke on some teams within/close to our footprint? Try and talk Nebraska and Mizzou into taking the walk of shame back to the conference they belong in. Extend an invite to a down Arkansas program. Put together an offer to bring a Louisville/Kentucky combo to the conference. Just for the hell of it put out feelers to Pittsburgh and Iowa so every team in the conference has an in-state/regional conference rival. If we're going to do re-alignment, let's make it fun again!
I would like to see the Big12 try and snag UNC or Georgia Tech somewhere. For football...obviously Florida State is the first choice but there are some very good academic institutions in the ACC that can add to the Big 12's luster and would be excellent basketball schools. I know football drives the bus but they would add value in certain areas.
I miss the round-robin already.
Does FakeDanBeebe have the pulse on this situation?
OU has to be with OSU, and UT has to be with Tech at this point.
Unless Pac 12 takes all 4 Texas schools, and OU OSU go to SEC. Which I don't see happening.
But who knows.
I say we go after Kentucky. Why not? They are getting their ***** kicked in the SEC for football. They get to come to a more competitive basketball conference. They can have their own TV network. ( This will never happen, but you don't know until you try!)
I think though, we need to add Louisville. I don't want Mormon USA (BYU). Too many schedule issues with them. Let's go after FSU and Clemson.
The fact that an ACC charter member has left the conference is a big deal. There are fissures in that conference. Just like when Syracuse and Pitt left the Big East.
I want to know what UCONN, Georgetown, Marquette, Seton Hall, Villanova, Depaul, Providence, St. Johns and South Florida are going to do. Only UCONN and South Florida have Division 1 football. Villanova will be moving up soon. Will these teams bail the conference?
Actually, after our next two-game stretch against UT and OU, I will probably be ready to dump the round-robin again.
I think we have no shot at UNC. If they want Academics they go to Big 10. If not they go SEC. Or they stay loyal to ACC.
Rutgers is burning bridges left and right. If the Big10 leaves them behind, they will likely make a phone call to the Big12