Category Archives: Big 12 Football

Today, in stupid questions

If the Big 12 sees the wisdom in David Boren’s maneuverings – and yes, I’m using “wisdom” in a fairly loose sense, given his less than stellar track record – that would mean the creation of a conference broadcast network.  But (cue the ominous background music), have they thought about this?

A conference network almost certainly means the league would further relinquish some scheduling autonomy. That possibly means Sunday night games in basketball, more Thursday games in football, more primetime games on Saturday. A media partner needs to make its money back. “Is that worth the trade off to continually disenfranchise your fan base?” one source asked.

Dude, you’re kidding, right?

At least with the TV contract they’ll have more money to fund studies to see what can be done to preserve student-athletes’ spare time.


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David Boren’s dream

Once upon a time, the Big 12 conference had a plan.

Boren’s comments come just a few days after the league’s presidents, chancellors and athletic directors met at the conference office in Irving, Texas. There, they agreed to allow only commissioner Bob Bowlsby to speak on behalf of the conference going forward, presumably in response to the negative comments Boren had made about the league.

That didn’t last too long.

Boren on Tuesday told The Oklahoman that Big 12 presidents have agreed that they need to make a decision, perhaps by this summer, on the reforms Boren has championed: expansion, a football championship game and implementation of a conference network.

“We’re in a fact-finding mode, we’re in a data-gathering mode,” Boren said. “In other words, what will it mean to the stability of the conference? What will it mean financially to the conference?

“We’ve sort of said to ourselves, come this summer, we’re going to have to finally make a decision about what we do. We cannot indefinitely postpone decisions. That’s what I had gotten frustrated about. I thought we were spinning our wheels.”

But Boren says the presidents have agreed to research the numbers and let the data decide.

“And I think a consensus is forming around these three reforms,” Boren said. “So I’m in a personal mode of patience. Trying to be patient, because sometimes it takes time to work through.”

The fact I’m having a hard time trying to find is simple.  How in the world does the conference convince Texas to give up the Longhorn Network, add two new members and make the math work out such that UT doesn’t lose any money from the new arrangement?  If Boren’s got an actual solution for that knotty problem, he’s occupying the wrong presidency.


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Today, in “duh”

Forty-three paragraphs detailing the University of Cincinnati’s determined slog to join the Big 12 conference, full of details and selling points about the school…

… and then you get to the only thing that matters.

In the end, though, it may not be about which school puts forth the best effort to impress the Big 12’s decision makers.

“It’s all about TV,” said Lee Igel, a sports business expert and co-director of New York University’s Sports & Society program.


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Monday morning buffet

For obvious reasons, today’s buffet is flavored with recruiting news.


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Thursday morning buffet

Rise and shine, peeps.

  • A Big 12 championship game could mean as much as $2.5 million-$3 million per school each season, but Bob Bowlsby claims the odds are no better than 50-50 that the conference suits will have a vote on it.  Uh hunh, right.
  • Deposed Mizzou president says football player’s strike was “the equivalent of throwing gasoline on a small fire”, but he is “willing to accept some of the responsibility for what happened”.  That’s mighty white of him.
  • Further tales from the wussification“You can’t assume this is safe for these guys anymore, which is a bummer.”
  • Ian Boyd explains why the free safety is the most important position against the spread.
  • Here’s an early (way too early?) look at Georgia’s 2016 depth chart.  Kendall Baker seems to be a guy to keep an eye on.
  • With regard to recruiting rankings, Bill Connelly posits that the ‘Bama bump is real.  And it’s spectacular okay.
  • Stewart Mandel hits on the same thing I noted a couple of days ago about the direction Big Ten recruiting is taking these days:  “There’s a twinge of hypocrisy to see this happening up north, where fans have long cast aspersions at Southern schools for what they perceived to be ethically questionable methods of ‘roster management.'”  You’ve come a long way, baby!


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What’s your hurry?

I guess I should be excited they’re resurrecting one of my favorite rivalry games…

… but, man, they sure are gonna take their sweet time getting there.  I just hope I’m still around to appreciate it.

Anyway, all bets will probably be off after the next round of conference realignment.

Ed. note:  Oops, forgot they’re playing in 2021, too.  How could I have overlooked that?


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Oklahoma’s got Texas envy.

OU President David Boren greets the news that the Big 12 can now have its conference championship game with gritted teeth.

“The Big 12 is disadvantaged when compared to the other conferences in three ways. We do not have at least twelve members, we do not have a conference network, and we do not have a championship game. I think that all three of these disadvantages need to be addressed at the same time. Addressing only one without addressing all three will not be adequate to improve the strength of the conference,” the statement read.

The math on 10 versus 12 conference members is pretty obvious.  How many schools are out there that can make up for slicing the pie into more pieces?  Not many, and it’s doubtful they’d willing to head the Big 12’s way.

As for a conference network, the Big 12 isn’t getting that unless Texas is prepared to give up the Longhorn Network… yeah, that’s gonna happen.

I suppose the question now is whether Boren will be satisfied with public grumbling to the school newspaper (and privately complaining to Bob Bowlsby) or whether he’s prepared to take things to the next level.  If so, I’m sure there are other conferences out there willing to give him a sympathetic ear.


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