And unfortunately, having a stadium that looks very weak compared to other BCS stadiums diminishes our brand.
I try not to respond to hypotheticals, but it is possible I could support this.
Maybe it is the old school in me, but I would also support staying at 10, playing a 9 game conference schedule, and dropping the Hawks. I think ISU-UI didn't play each other for so many decades because of the bad blood and animosity it created.
In this trial by fire, though, it appears obvious any reasonable conference member is going to have to more actively, but behind the scenes, consider and plan for other conference prospects and contingencies. It is possible that Texas could alleviate this need. But that seems unlikely. Similarly the conference itself must be prepared to expand and be proactive should the need arise.
Of course at this point it seems unlikely that things will be held together.
Because when it came to this the only 2 programs that have been shown to matter when this stuff goes down are fb and bb. Not that we shouldn't improve all our sports facilities. Just saying at this point the two with the pull are pretty good.
I don't mind so much if Texas leaves. Hire Paul Tagliabue as Commish for big $$, and develop a new conference w/revenue sharing. We have our BCS bid we are in play.
Key question....would Texas' ego allow ISU and KSU to pull in the same $17M figure? I realize Texas can start their own network and pull in additional revenue, but could their ego handle ISU having revenue parity?
You can't argue that we belong in a major conference and in the same breath say we're afraid to play the teams in that major conference every year.
Beggers can't be choosers. I'm in favor of any scenario that has Iowa State in a major conference.
Man I hope this happens.
1. Big 12 stays together. Hopefully we poach other teams, and become one of the new mega conferences. This ensures long time viability, and a seat at the table. At some point we may get voted out due to our size, but with our history and being an original Big 8/Big 12 member we've got a great shot of being involved in it for a loooong time. ISU football is on the upswing, and we'd be competitive in the North. Honestly, we don't have Texas's fanbase, and never will. They'll have more money...always...same with a lot of universities. I don't ever expect Iowa State to be a perennial power for these reasons, but we absolutely have the ability to be a viable team that makes strong runs on any given year like Iowa.
2. Join Big East: When I first heard this, I was excited about it..but am less so now. Many discussions have the Big 10, SEC, and ACC poaching for the Big East, and I have a hard time believing that adding Kansas, K-State, Missouri, and ISU would make their premiere teams turn down offers from at least the SEC and Big 10. Most talk has the Mountain West getting a seat at the BCS table, with the SEC, PAC-10, and Big 10.....While I'd be OK with going to the Big East, it appears that there's a better than off chance that it will fold down the road.
3. Join Mountain West: Not sure that this will be an option, it's the weaker of the afore mentioned conferences as far as recruiting and money goes, but I think there's a strong chance that they're the future. Iowa State could stand toe to toe with most of their teams, and if they get the rumored BCS support I can see it being a long-term home. I personally think it would be more stable than swimming with the sharks in the Big East. I won't be overly disappointed if this happens honestly, because ending up here would be better than many of the alternatives IMO.
I"d be shocked if this happens, but in the event it does -- doesn't the current Big 12 TV contract run through 2014? Is it void once Colorado and Nebraska are no longer competing in the Big 12?