I understand the reasoning behind this, but struggle to see how it would work.
The Big 12 would essentially end up forming two divisions in name only. The round robin schedule would still be maintained ($$$) with the only change being that the top two teams end up playing each other a second time at the end of the year. Why?
It would benefit us, I don't see any undefeated or one loss national title runs in our near future that this game could screw up and we get more money.
A number of teams have joined the Big East, such as TCU, but bailed before actually beginning play. The Big 12 may or may not want Louisville (I do), but if the ACC take another hit or two, they could suffer a Big East - like exodus. Its hard to say what may unfold in the months to come. If the SEC or B1G decides to take the next bite out of the ACC, in moving to 16, more dominos could fall.
I think this is mostly about keeping the option open for a conference championship game without having divisions, whether or not we add teams. Playing a conference championship game helps make the case for the winner to be invited to the national championship game (or playoff). Seems risky because it could work the other way.
If you read the article, Bowlsby was quoted as saying he wants more freedom in dictating a conference's playoff.
I think the thought is a conference championship without divisions -- which the Big 12 could do because of the full round robin. Then, the top two teams play in the conference championship game. This year it would have been a rematch of OU vs. KSU. Last year, it would have been an ugly rematch of OSU vs. OU in back-to-back weeks.
I don't really like the idea because we already have the full round robin, but I think it's a good idea to have the possibility in your back pocket.
I wonder if this is a sticking point for some team that he would like to see join the Big 12.
I still don't get why people wanted Louisville so bad.
-Academics are on par with WVU (yeah I like that the BigXII isn't a stupid conference)
there's much better options
This is a minor hiccup in the deal but what I don't like is that a division winner would be decided more by how you play the other division than the division you are in. I don't really like that part but wouldn't mind seeing a conference championship game even with that.
The football program is on the way up. Right now its stock is significantly higher than WVA in fb. Wasn't the case a few months ago but things change quickly and Oliver Luck might get a quick trigger on Holgerson if his offense doesn't look good minus 2 first rounders. The stadium is fine since its been upgraded recently. And there is TONS of corporate money. AND... unlike a Maryland or UK their program is self sufficient and profitable (UK very heavily subsidized by the state.)
Louisville got overlooked because they got compared head to head with uconn, and also Cincinatti who are very similar to them. So they did not appear as the gem of the 3. THey are though.
They got screwed badly academically in comparison to uconn because of their commuter rep (which is false there's 30k undergrads and 80% of freshmen live on campus) the two schools are identical academically but people think uconn actually has decent academics which it doesn't. For some disgusting reason uconn has dramatically risen up the US news and world reports rankings in the last decade (sports success does that) and gets a high rank these days (my alma mater has plummetted in the last 10 years due to a crappy chancellor who was butthurt because Harvard passed her over to be chancellor we used to be in the 40s of major universities and them in the 70s only 5-10 years ago and now a days they come in a few spots higher than us it makes me want to throw up typing that.)
uconn's 2 recent national championships in BB made them appear the better hoops program despite LVille's BB team generating the most revenue of any in the country. ANd uconn had the BCS blowout to OU recently.
So the comparison to uconn didn't help them. And then they got compared to Cinci. Lville=Cinci in terms of markets. THere is no difference. No difference academically. Neck and neck in FB (but Lville had the better stadium and crowds.) ANd Cinci had a good year last year in BB so Lville being much better wasn't apparent. Louisville just didn't stick out when being lumped in and compared to those 3 schools.
But Lousiville has excellent facilities and will be a powerhouse immediately in the ACC. They'd have been perfect for the Big 12. Like I explained though it was not all that apparent that they were the gem of the 3 shunted BE schools in them, uconn, and Cinci (not counting USF or Temple for obvious reasons) if it was more obvious a year or a few months ago even they'd have gotten an invite to the Big 12.
Big 12 screwed up. With A+M's amazing success the Longhorns could easily forgo their commitment to the Oklahoma schools. KU will jump in a heartbeat if anyone asks and take KSU with them (could be the PAC to boost hoops and make up for CU and UU sucking.)
Right now the Big 12 and ACC are equally vulnerable to be that last conference that gets raided in the next round of expansions. If the Big 12 had got Louisville they'd be lookin pretty. They are a much better program than Cinci or Uconn even though it wasn't grossly apparent.