Expect a big week for the Big 12’s future this week
The next domino is about to fall. Just days after the Big 12 and SEC announced a monster agreement that effectively separates the haves from the have-nots, it may just be a matter of short time before the Big 12 once again flies the flags of 12 member institutions.
Florida State’s move is said to be inevitable, according to ChuckOliver.net‘s Ingram Smith. That would follow suit with the sentiment from Adam Tolliver on our podcast last week. Citing sources as close as you can get to Florida State’s athletics department, Smith writes that the Seminoles have been in some form of discussions with the Big 12 since November, with the first official contact being made about a week before the ACC announced a new broadcast partnership with ESPN, which of course has been the subject of criticism from some key people associated with the school.
Who winds up going with Florida State to the Big 12 is the next question. As you might expect, Clemson fans are watching all of this very closely, including our friends at Cemetery Hill, where Cory Fravel tweets a deal is agreed to in principle to join the Big 12.
— Cory Fravel (@CoryFravel) May 20, 2012
There will certainly be some discussion about how Notre Dame should get involved. I personally can’t see the Fighting Irish in any conference but the Big Ten, but playing in the Big 12 would give the Irish some easier access to a national audience with games in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and Texas. And Texas.
Then there is the issue of whether or not the Big 12’s current membership can get on the same page with expansion. Right now the Big 12 is split on the issue. Take your guess on which school falls in to which category.
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Which school has the most difficult non-conference schedule in the SEC? Our friend Vince Ferrara breaks down the SEC non-conference schedules and ranks them from top to bottom. Who takes the top spot might surprise you.
Air Force running back Asher Clark was dismissed from the academy, possibly as a result of his role in an investigation in to alleged dryg use.
While Conference USA is expanding, the CAA looks to be falling apart a little bit. UMass is one of a few schools leaving the conference over te course of the next few years (UMass joins the MAC this year). Despite leaving, what impact do recent changes have for UMass?
Madtown Badgers continues to roll down their college sports bucket list with a pair of rivalry games.
Phil Steele has released some preseason all-conference lists to the schools (no formal release to the public just yet). Toledo has six All-MAC players. Staying in the MAC, Maroon Musket takes a look at what an offer from UMass means.
Temple Football Forever is officially on Montel Harris Watch.
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