October is finally here; the month when the Big 12 is supposed to make their decision or something is supposed to happen. We’ll see…
- Tramel breaks down Boren and Boone
- Another article about how great it is for Louisville that the Big 12 passed on them
- And a funny one from EDSBS where they ruin the Big 12.
Who talks too much? David Boren or Boone Pickens?
The idea that Boren wakes up one from day to day, flip-flopping on expansion, is goofy. That doesn’t happen. The truth is, Boren doesn’t quite know how to solve the Big 12’s problems and in private will admit that. He’s just trying to keep OU in as strong a shape as possible. Trying to keep all options open as the countdown continues to 2025, when most of the relevant contracts expire.
Big 12’s pass a blessing in disguise for U of L
“I felt as time went on we definitely would have been invited to the Big 12, but I think this worked out so much better for us,” Jurich said. “They wanted to go in a different direction (in the Big 12) with West Virginia, and I hope that works out for them. I just know that from our standpoint, the grass is certainly greener, in our opinion, over in the ACC.”
WE DESTROY THE BIG 12
We’re going to finally get the other four Power 5 conferences to 16 teams each, like so many have anticipated for years. And we’re going to do our best to ruin the Big 12 in the process.
I. THE SEC STRIKES FIRST
The Southeastern Conference’s moves in expansion - including in the past - have always been moves of patient, steady expansion of its territory, and dominance within that zone. Despite being the spiritual home of “hold my beer and watch this,” the SEC’s opted for “let’s renovate the kitchen and refinish the deck” moves over the Big Ten’s “I BOUGHT A HOUSEBOAT” strategy. Texas A&M and Missouri - and Arkansas and South Carolina in the '90s - have represented a steady creep of the conference’s well-defended borders. Also, the SEC has key imperatives: kick ass more than anyone in football, and spite your enemies.
So we’re nabbing everyone’s hottest expansion candidate, and the Big 12’s best future hope. Houston is joining the SEC West.
Now, this bucks the conference’s “gentleman’s agreement” of not expanding within its own borders, and they’ve already added the state of Texas via the Aggies. But isn’t Texas big enough for two schools? And besides, we’re going to have Houston and A&M play every year. On Thanksgiving weekend. We’re drinking your milkshake, Texas. We’re drinking it up.
We’re going to need to reshuffle the divisions, though. We’ll bring Mizzou to the West, and shift Alabama and Auburn to the East. We’re going to get better SEC title game matchups this way, and oh, we’ve got an open slot still.
Montemayor was patting himself on the back for the tweet that came out from this Coogfans thread: Realignment: Big 12 at Loggerheads
And one last one from the B1G: