Berry Tramel’s going off the reservation trying to come up with how to make college football into the NFL. It’s entertaining crap to say the least. Then you have Mike Bianchi trying to rally the “internationally renowned” city of Orlando to come together for UCF. Also have reports from Air Force, Old Dominion, and Marshall.
Tramel: Merger with SEC or Pac-12 is the Big 12’s only chance for stability
Why not just OU and Texas and forget the rest of the Big 12? That’s where the Sooners and Longhorns have some chips. It’s clear that neither wants to join the SEC solo or in a small group. Both would prefer Big 12 survival, maintaining regional rivalries. Both would prefer playing the majority of their road games in the Southwest, not in the Deep South. It just makes sense.
UCF’s Big 12 push needs to be backed by Buddy Dyer, Teresa Jacobs and Disney
If I’ve written it once, I’ve written it a million times: Orlando is the biggest TV market in America without an NFL team. Most big cities are terrible college football towns (see Miami, Houston, Philly, etc.) because their local universities are competing with a glut of pro sports teams. Local college football teams are an afterthought in Houston, Tampa and Cincinnati because they are dwarfed by the king of all sports — the NFL.
Air Force on Big 12 rumors: We 'constantly evaluate the landscape of college athletics’
“Hasn’t everyone reached out?” a source close to Air Force football said in a message to The Gazette. “Would be dumb not to. $20M per year!!!”
Minium: ECU campaigning to move up; surely ODU must be quietly doing the same
Because of ODU’s market size, growth potential and fan base, there’s been media speculation that it could be the favorite. More likely, ODU is a long shot, not because it wouldn’t be a great fit in the AAC, but because the league has so many other options.
Charlotte and Middle Tennessee also offer big markets, while Southern Mississippi and Marshall have smaller markets, but far better football traditions. Rice might also be a candidate if the Big 12 were to take Houston.
The AAC might also look outside C-USA to Army, Air Force or the University of Massachusetts.
More than Winning: Marshall’s place in Conference Realignment
Hopefully, that’s the kind of pitch Mike Hamrick is making to AAC officials behind the scenes. Otherwise, the Herd may get left behind again for a team who has a large enough media market to be appealing, despite being 64-61 in the last 10 seasons with only one bowl victory. That would be a bitter pill to swallow and one that would essentially reset the Marshall football program to 1997, when it was stuck in the Mid-American Conference playing against teams on the road in empty stadiums in games that weren’t competitive.