- The Pac-12 is staying at 12 teams. Why did they suddenly decide to stop the expansion train and in doing so, possibly save the Big XII? Blame Texas, or more so, their inability to share revenue from the Longhorn Network with the rest of the league. It’s okay though, Texas prefers the ACC anyway.
- So what does that mean for the rest of the conference? Before the Pac-16 exploded, Missouri claimed they had an informal offer to join the SEC. The next day, the SEC says not so much. Meanwhile, Oklahoma makes a list of demands to stay in the Big XII, including firing commissioner Dan Bebbe. They got that wish, although something tells me this whole fiasco, you know, his conference nearly disbanding, was probably going to cost him his job anyway.
- West Virginia still wants out of the Big East, but it appears they can’t quite get into the ACC or SEC. Meanwhile, UCONN is reminding people that they haven’t made any pledges to the Big East. But it’s all okay, becuase East Carolina has applied to the Big East. That’ll fill the void.
- Syracuse and Pittsburgh may want to hold on before adding ACC logos to their jerseys. Pete Thamel of the New York Times is reporting that the Big East will hold the two schools to their exit contract, meaning the teams will not be able to join the ACC until June 2014.
- West Virginia has officially submitted an application to the SEC. Does that mean they’re gone? Did you really just ask that?
- No shock here, but the board of Regents at both Texas and Oklahoma have given their respective school presidents permission to seek another conference. Oklahoma State’s Board of Regents is meeting Wednesday. Wonder what that could be about?
- In the “out of left field” category, the Mountain West Conference is talking with Conference USA about making a ‘super duper’ conference of 22-24 teams to get an automatic BCS berth. Dennis Dodd wants to call it the “Big Country” conference. I will instead call it by it’s proper name, the “Bless their little hearts” conference.
- Pittsburgh and Syracuse are joining the ACC, but one U.S. Congressman has something to say about it. Not that they’ll be able to do anything about it. (*cough* BCS *cough*)
- Texas and Oklahoma are looking the rip the last leg the Big XII is standing on by heading to the Pac-12.
- Where does that leave the rest of the Big XII? Texas Tech and Oklahoma State could also be heading west to the Pac 12, though it seems less definite than those other in-state schools. According to many, including New York Times columnist Pete Thamel, Missouri is the likely 1st pick if the SEC expands past 13. This only leaves 2 teams from Kansas, Iowa St., and Baylor. Not much of a conference. If only there was a 16-team super conference falling apart. Oh wait…
- Speaking of the Big East, TCU might be regretting it’s move to a “BCS” conference. UConn is wanting to join rival Syracuse in the ACC. West Virgina issues a statement saying they will “remain a national player,” but fails to mention the Big East anywhere during this statement. And Rutgers, watching their conference crumble around them, is trying to use their New York City connection to go, well, anywhere.
- The Big 10 seems to be sitting this round out, as their commissioner says no change is imminent. Okay, sure. We’ll buy that for now.
I think at this point, there’s no question that one of the “Big 6” conferences is going to fold / combine. The most likely scenario seems to be a Big XII / Big East combination. Right now, here’s how the conference’s could be stacked.
Pac 12 – 16 teams (With Texas, OU, OK. St., Texas Tech)
SEC – 14 teams (With A&M, Missouri)
ACC – 16 teams (With Syracuse, Pittsburgh, UConn, Rutgers?)
Big 10 – 12 teams
Big East / Big XII – 18 teams? (Unlikely…2 probably get left out somehow, or end up in the SEC / Big 10)
So will any of this effect the OVC? Probably, although not directly. The entire idea behind “super conferences” is that the rich get richer, essentially. There’s more money (especially on the football side) for these conferences than the current system, or they wouldn’t be happening, plain and simple. If you’re looking for something to create a larger divide between mid-majors and the BCS schools, here you go. It means a larger recruiting average for these teams, more TV coverage (if such a thing is possible, actually) and more media coverage. Yeah, there’s disadvantages, but far outweighed by the advantages. (i.e. THE MONEY)
By the way, think the OVC is done expanding? Un-like-ly.