Conference Realignment Links - PRE-ultimatum talk
- The Missourian: Records interesting for what they don't reveal about Big Ten move
SI.com (Andy Staples): Texas will likely have pick of Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10, SEC
Dallas Morning News: Eyes of Big 12 - and other conferences - are on Texas
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): 'Pac-16' mega conference a real possibility
Austin American-Statesman: Is Big 12 safe from others' growth plans?
BCS Evolution: Will the Big 12 Survive Realignment?
- Birmingham News: SEC reacts to Pac-10 expansion rumor
Omaha World-Herald: NU's coaches mum on expansion after Osborne meeting
Topeka Capital-Journal: Huskers could start the dominoes falling
- The Missourian: Big 12 changes could leave out forgotten 4
- College Football Talk: Osborne, Tressel engaged in expansion chit-chat
Conference Realignment Links - POST-ultimatum talk
The Trib (Dave Matter): Alden won't comment on ultimatum
College Football Talk: Huskers' Osborne knows of no deadline
KC Star: MU, Nebraska won't confirm Big 12 allegiance deadline
- The Trib (Dave Matter): So much for Big 12's confidential process
- Dallas Morning News: Big 12 problems trace to league's roots
Dallas Morning News: Don't forget about Baylor in expansion mix
SB Nation: Texas Legislature Pushing for Baylor to Replace Colorado in Possible Pac-10 Expansion
- Roll 'Bama Roll: Thoughts on Conference Expansion: The Texas Problem
- Post-Dispatch: Texas in conference tug of war
Dr. Saturday: Scott cleared to move on Pac-10 expansion, force Big Ten hustle
College Football Talk: Pac-10 commish given authority to advance expansion process
College Football Talk: Big Ten 'timeline may be altered' by swirling expansion rumors
Dallas Morning News: Big 12 braces for what could be a deadly West Coast attack
- The Wiz of Odds: The Final Days of the Big 12
- Black Shoe Diaries: Change: It's Coming, and I Like It
- Daily Oklahoman: Conference realignment: Big 12 shuffle could benefit OKC
Topeka Capital-Journal: Calling all politicians
Pat Roberts, Sam Brownback, Kathleen Sebelius, Mark Parkinson ... anyone with any connections whatsoever. Be it a regent, congressman, mayor, board chairman, entertainer or evangelist.
The time is now to get involved on behalf of Kansas and Kansas State.
Find a phone number or address for Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman and rehearse a persuasive plea.
PLEEEESE! Do not abandon longtime partners you've competed against, and cajoled with, since helmets were made of leather.
- Dallas Morning News: National writers react: 'This is the Cuban Missile Crisis for the Big 12'
- College Football Talk: Irish's Swarbrick at Big Ten meetings today -- not
Waco Tribune: A column by Baylor President Ken Starr regarding the Big 12 (yes, THAT Ken Starr)
The situation is extremely fluid right now. It is our understanding that the Pac-10 Conference may be preparing to invite six Big 12 members to join a proposed 16-team megaconference, Recent news reports have indicated that Baylor's stock is rising and that it could be included among the teams invited to form a new conference. What we do know is this: the Lone Star state schools of the Big 12 should stick together. That’s what’s in the best interests of Baylor, of Texas and of our own community, here in Waco.
Bring On the Cats: The Dominoes Are About to Fall. Where Will K-State End Up?
Scenario 1: Nothing Happens
With all the news lately, it may seem hard to believe that nothing will happen, but that's still a distinct possibility, especially after today's events. Big 10 commissioner Jim Delaney indicated today that their expansion timetable "could be" affected by the Pac-10's actions and the Big 12's ultimatum, which almost certainly means the Big 10 will accelerate from "molasses in winter" to "sloth on sedatives" speed in expansion. If the Big 10 really does have interest in adding Missouri and Nebraska -- and I believe they do based on information I've informally acquired -- they are going to have to move more quickly than they had planned. Nebraska, and maybe Missouri, have to decide, in or out, by Friday, and there's no way any administrator from either school can vote "out" in good conscience unless they are assured beyond any reasonable doubt that they will be invited to apply to join the Big 10. Thus, if the Big 10 decides it can accomplish what is still probably its primary goal -- adding Notre Dame -- without Missouri and Nebraska, it can probably bide its time. Meanwhile, Mizzou and Nebraska will have to reaffirm their commitment to the Big 12. If that happens, then short of Texas yelling "just kidding" and selling everyone else in the conference down the river by taking its six-team contingent to the Pac-10, the Big 12 will remain as is.
- Daily Oklahoman: Conference realignment: Lawmakers could have impact
Austin American-Statesman: Kirk Bohls' 9 things and one crazy prediction
"It all boils down to Nebraska," one high-profile Big 12 school administrator told me. "If Nebraska leaves, it all falls apart."
Most think Nebraska has more appeal than Missouri for the Big Ten. And those who know him say Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne has never forgiven Texas for its insistence on the elimination of partial qualifiers before the Big 12 merger and would love to pay Texas back.
NY Times (Pete Thamel): Conferences Consider Expansion, Not Tradition
The potential Pac-10 expansion would be a case of the league being proactive so it did not get left behind, something that happened with its television contracts under the former commissioner Tom Hansen.
But is anyone looking out for the good of college sports?
“I think that’s been lost in all the discussion,” Ohio State’s president, E. Gordon Gee, said. “One of the things we’ve done as presidents, and Jim Delany has done, is we asked the question, ‘What’s not only good for the Big Ten, but what is good for the best interest in college athletics?’
“We do not want to be viewed as predators or only having an isolated view of what we should be doing. We’re very concerned about the larger prospects for intercollegiate athletics.”...
Change is inevitable. Just how much and how soon will be the question lingering over this most uncertain summer in college sports. A season filled with teams visiting stadiums and getting dollar bills and coins tossed at them, which happened to Boston College in its farewell tour from the Big East, may be coming as well.
Actual non-realignment links after the jump...
Mizzou Softball Links
Florida 5, Mizzou 0
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Eliminated From World Series
The Trib: MU softball season ends at Women's College World Series
The Trib: MU bats fall silent in season-ending loss
The Missourian: Missouri softball eliminated from WCWS with loss to Florida
KC Star: Florida eliminates Missouri from Women's College World Series
Post-Dispatch: MU softball team eliminated from College World Series
- Post-Dispatch: Despite CWS failure, MU softball team has high hopes
- KC Star (Campus Corner): Missouri Softball: A Pitching Controversy?
MUtigers.com: Vock Wins Prestigious Elite 88 Honor
Mizzou Football Links
PowerMizzou: St. Louis Camp recap
Other Mizzou Links
Mizzou Track & Field
MUtigers.com: Tigers Head to NCAA Final Round
SimmonsField.com: Mizzou Baseball History: John "Hi" Simmons on the MLB Draft
Since I spent most of Saturday morning reading John Wooden eulogies, I thought I'd share some of my favorites...
- Jim O'Connell: Little nervous meeting John Wooden
- Joe Posnanski: Wooden and Love
- Basketball-Reference.com: R.I.P. John Wooden (1910-2010)