Terry Holland, who will always occupy a warm place in my heart for leading Virginia to its first (and, sadly, only) ACC basketball title and is now the athletic director at Eastern Carolina, has for some reason decided to post his view of where the college athletic world is at the moment as the conference musical chairs game whirls on.
It’s an interesting read – equal parts bravado (“Conference USA is rapidly preparing to compete for the remaining Big 12 members if the meltdown continues to a full implosion.”), obviousness (“The Big East has been in a bunker mentality, hoping to keep enough of its eight current members to remain a viable FBS (formerly Division I-A) Conference with automatic qualification for BCS bowl games.”) and insight:
… As for the rest of the expansion nationwide, I believe Texas will hold the Big 12 together. Texas and Oklahoma should be very happy to say “good riddance” to the conference championship game. Those two teams have a better chance for each to end up in BCS Bowls in a given season without the “double jeopardy” that a conference championship game creates for them. In fact, a nine-member Big Whatever should be their goal.
If Texas holds the Big Whatever together, the Pac 10’s “quick strike” will come back to haunt them because they are now committed to finding at least one more member who can add value to the Pac 10. Colorado’s main value was as “bait” for Texas, Oklahoma, etc… in order to create real value for the Pac 10.
Take a look at the whole thing.