The lighter side of expansion

Amidst all the sturm und drang roiling college football now with regards to conference expansion/rejiggering, there are still a few giggle-worthy moments worth your attention.

For example, the sounds of silence you hear from Nashville and Stillwater are those of doors not being knocked on.

Vanderbilt’s top athletics official said he would be surprised if the Big Ten approached the school about switching conferences despite a report saying that was an option.

So would Jim Delany, I suspect.

Prominent Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens believes his alma mater should stay put in the Big 12.

Speaking at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Pickens said Wednesday that he doesn’t think Oklahoma State should move to another conference “before you’re required to make that decision.”

Because the Cowboys, no doubt, are overwhelmed with more offers to move than Texas.  Maybe T. Boone is worried about a hostile takeover of the Big 12.

And he probably should be, because based on this tweet from Rock M Nation, conference commissioner Dan Beebe just received the proverbial kiss of death.

Craig James says Dan Beebe is “the right guy” to combat conference expansion. What’s the opposite of “QED” by chance?

Meanwhile, even a move that makes sense – Boise State moving to the Mountain West – is the subject of some nicely set up mockery from Brian Cook.

The new conference would be guaranteed a BCS bid for the single year of its existence, at which point the Pac 10 and Big 12 will tear it limb from limb and keep the shiny bits to themselves. But 2011 will be cool.

With that, humor hour ends.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming of angst and unfounded speculation.

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