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Below is the link to an excellent piece in today's Washington Post about conference realignment and the negative ramifications that go with it. She discusses the impact realignment will have upon athletes and fans along with a host of other throught provoking topics. Excellent read.
...with a healthy dose of Michigan State and Central Ohio University. Bad week for conference pride, good week for schadenfreude.
I know that this probably doesn't deserve its own thread but I didn't really know where else to post it.
I was watching a video about the possible Big East/Big 12 merger, and around 2:40 of the video is a play by Pitt that made me immediately think that we need to steal this play. It looks like a zone read where the receiver on the side the QB would run to runs almost like a delay fade route. With Denard at QB this play would be another awesome play like the Fake QB Draw play.
Since the game is already on YouTube, I'm going to do offense and defense this week instead of quarter by quarter. Defense first.
The Big 12 and the Big East look to be firmly on the path to destruction. What will things look like when the dust settles? What will it mean for the Big 10? The recent moves of Syracuse and Pitt to the ACC throws a monkey wrench into everyone's thinking, in so much as it was always thought that football and the TV revenues from football would be the driver. The ACC expansion shows that basketball is on the table as well. Again, where will things settle out when it is all said and done?
One of the factors that is important to the Big 10 is academic standing, and a part of that is membership in the AAU (Association of American Universities). Although important, it is not the only criteria as the addition of Nebraska shows. Apparently the Big 10 is working with Nebraska to facilitate entrance into the AAU. As the Big East and the Big 12 crumble, what AAU schools might be attractive to the Big 10? Which of them adds value both in terms of academics, but also TV revenue from expanded markets in both football and basketball?
Here are the teams:
Iowa State (Big 12)
Rutgers (Big East)
Kansas (Big 12)
Missouri (Big 12)
If the Big 10 were to add Kanasas and Missouri, could they add Oklahoma as now you would have contiguous geography, even though they are not an AAU member?
First the Fiesta Bowl, now the Sugar Bowl (Dr Saturday):
Inspired by the illegality, excess and deceit that nearly brought the Fiesta Bowl to its knees earlier this year, HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel launched a wider investigation into the BCS bowl racket that will air tonight at 10 p.m. ET in an episode titled "Cashin' In." Its revelations about the dire financial realities schools face to play in "non-profit" bowl games won't come as any news to college football fans, but it does include reporter Bernard Goldberg confronting Football Bowl Association lawyer/spokesman Bruce Bernstein on camera (see the clip above) with evidence that the Sugar Bowl — beneficiary of more than $6.8 million in subsidies from state and local governments in Louisiana from 2007-10 — was involved in the same brand of illegal influence peddling that put the Fiesta Bowl in the sights of the Arizona Attorney General's office, among others.
Here is the clip from HBO: