“We divide the money 10 ways.”

 “I don’t think there’s any question teams are going to have to play better schedules in order to get in this playoff. … If two teams are 11-1, then the committee will look at how they built that 11-1 record.”– Bill Hancock AJ-C, 12/17/14

Getting two teams shafted by the CFP selection committee doesn’t leave Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby with a lot of attractive options.

Option One is the course that’s already been charted, which is asking the NCAA to grant a waiver to its twelve-school requirement for a conference to host a championship game.  The two problems with that?  One is that it leaves a conference with a round-robin schedule – the fairest way to decide a conference winner – in the ludicrous position of scheduling a conference game when there’s a clear regular season champ.  The second, of course, is the possibility of an upset in the championship game leaving the Big 12 on the outside of the playoffs looking in, just as it is now.

Option Two is heeding Hancock’s advice and beefing up non-conference scheduling.  In response, Baylor says talk to the hand.

Option Three is what’s left if Options One and Two don’t click:  conference expansion to gain access to a championship game.  Problematic?  Well, yeah.

“Right now, we’re distributing the largest amount of money to each of our members in any league in college athletics. I don’t know that our members are prepared to take a reduction in that distributable revenue. It’s certainly about TV sets. It’s certainly about recruiting. It’s certainly about the possibility of competitive implications in all of our sports, but particularly our high-profile sports. At the present time we have no strategy. We haven’t had any discussions around expansion. Our CEOs have said they like 10. I expect that we’ll be at 10 for a while. Could that change down the road? Sure it could… I don’t think we’re going to take a kneejerk reaction and think immediately about expansion just because on this occasion we got left out of the playoff.”

Good to see he’s ready.  But even if he convinces his member schools to take a shave in the name of having a better crack at the playoffs, what other schools are they going to chase?  Bowlsby indicates geography would be a big factor.

“We have one member in West Virginia that’s on the East Coast,” Bowlsby said. “We have to be mindful of their situation. If we took somebody in that was on the far West Coast it would certainly do a disservice to our member in West Virginia. As I mentioned earlier, it may be a different set of criteria to some of our members than it is to other members. As the commissioner, I certainly have to take all 10 institutions and their sensitivities into play.”

Helluva way to build a conference identity.  But the committee doesn’t really care about that.

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14 responses to ““We divide the money 10 ways.”

  1. Mayor

    There is a third option. The Big 12 schools could all schedule a 13th game. F*ck the powerless NCAA. Just do it on their own or with the other Power 5 Conferences’ blessing.

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    • Alkaline

      Actually, the “Hawaii rule” has a small loophole that would easily allow them to schedule a 13th game against any opponent w/o too much hassle. All they’d have to do is get a P5 opponent to agree to a neutral site game in Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico. One of the NCAA’s member schools in those areas just has to sponsor the game, not actually compete in it. I’ve been somewhat surprised no one has attempted to cash in with this yet.

      From the rulebook: “The maximum number of football contests shall exclude the following: Any football games played in Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico,respectively, either against or under the sponsorship of an active member institution located in Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico, by a Division I member institution located outside the area in question.”

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      • Mayor

        Yeah. When Bama was on probation 10+ years ago and wasn’t allowed to play in a bowl, didn’t Shula book an end of season game with Hawaii in Honolulu? Thumb in the eye of the NCAA, sort of.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Option Four would be to quit thinking it’s 1955 and evaluate the Big Ten accurately. Just a thought.

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    • Macallanlover

      Won’t happen with all the TV sets in that geography but you are right, at least back to the late 70s the Little 10 is the most overrated of all conferences. The Big 12 consistently plays better football and their representative champion should get a spot before any one from the Great Lakes area. But they have handled the recent decade badly, starting with letting Texas run quality programs away with their bully tactics and ending this year with their wimpy attempt to get 2 playoff spots by declaring Baylor and TCU co-champs. They got caught being greedy and deserve their punishment, imo. I think, until we get a playoff where all five conference champs get an entry ticket, the lack of a championship game should be held against them just because the other teams have to risk a late loss and 12-1 is going to be regarded as better than 11-2…as happened this year.

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  3. W Cobb Dawg

    The other 4 major conferences, which have 6+ team divisions, aren’t gonna allow the Big 12 a waiver. They can push for the playoff to be expanded to 8 teams, or start accepting applications for 2 more members.

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    • WCD, you have a good point, the only issue is that the other conferences would like to do away their division structures to have a more attractive conference championship game even if it meant more rematches.

      By the way, surprise, surprise, F$U has found that Famous Jameis didn’t violate its conduct code

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  4. stick Jackson

    West Virginia is on the East Coast? East of the B12 heartland, to be sure. But there are some pretty tall mountains and a whole lotta Virginia between WVa and any saltwater.

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  5. The bed the Big 12 has made is exactly what they deserve for allowing Texas to run the conference at the expense of everyone else. Nebraska, Colorado, and Texas A&M got sick and tired of it and left. I still don’t think either Baylor or TCU deserved a title shot after their 61-58 game where their defenses were absolutely offensive. The committee should eliminate any team that allows 50+ in a non-OT game.

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    • Macallanlover

      Another Mizzou slight. 🙂

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      • Mac, it wasn’t a Mizzou slight. I think Mizzou would have been happy to stay right where they were in the Big 12, but Slive panicked when he couldn’t find a school in the east to balance TAMU. It was a terrible move by the Birmingham suits.

        Good catch by the way. 🙂

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  6. Mayor

    If the Big 12 gets a waiver and can play a conference championship game with just 10 members then the SEC needs to kick out the last 4 teams admitted and play the SECCG with a 10 way split instead of a 14 way split. The only reason for letting the Hogs, Cocks, Aggies and Tigers in the SEC in the first place was the SECCG. If that reason disappears, kick ’em out and go to a round robin schedule where every team plays every other team each year. Plus, there’s your 9 game conference schedule all you guys say you want right there.

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    • Alkaline

      The Hogs and Cocks might have been all about getting to 12, but getting A&M and Mizzou was about getting TV viewership for the SEC channel. Texas is the second most-populous state and Missouri is 18th overall (and may count as higher in cable negotiations if they include the entire Kansas City and St Louis metro areas).

      Arkansas and Mississippi are by far the 2 least-populated SEC states, so if anyone were to get kicked out, say goodbye to the Rebels and the Dak Attack.

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