August 10th, 2011 at 6:44 PM ^

It better at least be good bourbon, what kind?

I think Missouri is still headed to the Big Ten, its a bit out of SEC territory.  I tend to agree on FSU to the SEC, but Miami wouldn't surprise me either.  Then again, both can be had if it goes to 16 teams (possibly adding in South Florida?).


August 10th, 2011 at 6:41 PM ^

Interesting that the Governor of Texas is now involved.  I'm not sure how much insight he can provide into a conference switch, other than as a fan and an alum.

With all the talk of a conference shift from A&M roughly a year ago, I really am surprised at the way the Big 12 played their cards.  They essentially mortgaged the house to keep Texas, and gave Texas everything it wanted.  Texas can, in theory, walk away from the rubble a year from now as an independent or PAC 12 (or 14) program, with Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, and Texas Tech(?) left holding the bag.

(Yes, I do realize Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Missouri are left, but I think they would already have destinations lined up.)


August 10th, 2011 at 8:08 PM ^

Come on man. There is a strict "no politics" rule around here. The guy is running for president, so any discussion about him is clearly politics.
<br>Just saying that in a time when our country is so divided and acrimonious about political issues, I love that this is one place not to hear about it.


August 10th, 2011 at 8:20 PM ^ bait anyone. I was making light of Perry's interest in Texas A&M's future conference allegiances....


ADDENDUM: I didn't see BlueDragon's comment as particularly political. Actually, I rather chuckled because it is pretty amusing that, when Perry  could be doing things that shall not be discussed here, he seems very interested in this particular issue. 


August 10th, 2011 at 6:55 PM ^

I'm pretty sure Perry is dissembling here.  In Texas, the Board of Regents for the public schools are personally appointed by the governor.  Perry has had a history of appointing his favorite slappies to the A&M Board of Regents.  (The last chancellor, Mike McKinney was Perry's chief of staff.)

Perry may be distracted by his other (undiscussed on this site) political activities, but I highly doubt that he is out of the loop with what is going on at A&M.


August 10th, 2011 at 11:11 PM ^

Well, if A&M goes, it will be done by this time next year.  It's really up to TAMU.  Once they go, they'll take either Mizzou or less likely Oklahoma, leaving 8 members.  Kansas, KState, TTech, Iowa State, Baylor, OkState, Texas and Mizzou/OU.  That's a very weak conference, particularly compared to the B1G, SEC and PAC12.  Of that conference, it'll be the big1 and little 7 in all respects, particulary revenue and power (not to mention success on the fields and courts).  

The interesting question is how this affects the B1G and ND.  Texas will be independent, and the BIG isn't going to put up with the demands made first time around, so that's not likely at all.  Is MIzzou or Kansas worth taking?  Oklahoma?  It's possible that Mizzou could end up with the B1G, but what's the second team to join with them, and which school satisfies the academic requirements (Nebraska was already a stretch academically)?  Generally, OU is not thought of well in academic circles.  Would the B1G pick off 'Cuse or Rutgers or Pitt (or all 3)? 

This could be the catalyst for ND to join a conference, be it B1G or Big East.  With the B1G adding another conference game soon, and the same likely to happen at other conferences, they'll slowly run out of quality competition. 

Will the Big East try pick off Texas Tech to go along with TCU and/or Baylor?  They already have TCU and there would be some synergies there, and presumably the possiblity of a bigeast network, or at least increased tv package revenue by bringing in some Texas schools.

Should get very interesting in the next 12 months for ND and the B1G, and just maybe 4 superconferences in the next couple years.


August 10th, 2011 at 11:23 PM ^

If Texas goes independent (they clearly think they can), it actually helps ND stay independent.  Look for Texas to ink a long-term deal with ND.  If they can "recruit" some other big-name schools to become/stay independent, look for them to come to an agreement to all play each other.


August 10th, 2011 at 9:42 PM ^

If theSEC takes A&M, who else goes? I highly doubt that Florida would allow Miami or FSU into the SEC, same goes for a lot of the other ACC teams in their respective states...WVU? Missouri?