I Now Pronounce You Big 12 & Pac-12; You May Kiss the Bride

Jon Joseph Editorials Leave a Comment

Dear Reader, the following was my response to a suggestion that all teams including Florida International, play in a postseason bowl game and a criticism of the ridiculously bloated post season.

Florida International University, Bowls for everyone? All 128 schools play a post season game?

An interesting idea, but if there were a players’ union or at least player representation in the decision making process and the kids had a vote, I wonder how many of these meaningless postseason games would be played? Maybe if the participants were paid, the student-athletes would approve, but, as you so accurately noted, the vast majority of Bowls are money losers for athletic departments that are already bleeding money. And these games make zero sense for any player with a shot to be drafted or taken in free agency.

Big 12 — love the idea of the Big 12 adding and “merging” with the Pac, but I would make it three more teams with WVa heading to the Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame becoming a full-time ACC member if it wants to stay playoff eligible. (Alternatively ND holds its spot if it agrees to share its playoff proceeds with 127 other schools. Or, more realistically, the ACC adds the University of Connecticut and WVa.)

Aztecs_on_offense_at_Air_Force_at_SDSU_2010-10-16

commons.wikimedia.org

San Diego State on offense.

The three schools: Houston, San Diego State + University of Nevada, Las Vegas. UNLV is a 1M plus population market, and if you build a new, more conveniently located stadium, fans, players and perhaps even the NFL will come. The LV demographics trump Boise, and Salt Lake City is already covered with Utah’s membership in the Pac.

Adding these schools to the existing Big 12, minus WVa, takes the heat off of the Pac-12 academics who might otherwise object to a Pac-12/Big 12 outright merger. USC and UCLA might complain about SDS, but the southern California market is huge with room for another player.

The Pac-12 and Longhorn Networks would then logically merge with the bigger network; especially, with the additional Big 12 eyeballs added in, certain to be broadcast nationally. It also would not hurt to have ESPN, the driving force in CFB, involved one way or another in the ownership of the merged enterprise.

maxresdefault

From video

We’re waiting to see Oklahoma vs Stanford.

The Pac-12, Big 12 conference champ game makes total sense with the winner virtually guaranteed a playoff spot. In 2015, Oklahoma vs Stanford would have been a heck of a game. (My guess is that, if such a merger occurred, the playoff field would soon go to eight teams?)

Of course, the Big 12 and Pac-12, as currently constituted, and the two networks could merge now without any Big 12 expansion. The “Pac-22” would be “zipped” for football. For all other sports Arizona, Arizona State and University of California Boulder would join the former Big 12 schools in the Eastern Division. This will not happen if $$$ does not trump academic snobbery. But, as you have noted, something like this happens or the Pac-12 and Big 12 will undoubtedly continue to fall behind the B1G and the SEC.

Four conference champs then perfectly fit into four playoff spots.

It would be a surprise if back-channel negotiations for a merger of the two conferences, as is, are not currently on-going. Bob Bowlsby obviously has ties to the Pac-12, and Larry Scott knows that he cannot stand pat. As things stand, it seems that Texas would be far more amenable to such a merger than when DeLoss Dodds was in charge of things in Austin.

Top photo from en.wikipedia.org

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The Comments Below are CLOSED, as we are moving to the OUR BELOVED DUCKS Forum!

Comments below articles are now closed as we have moved all conversation over to the free Our Beloved Ducks Forum. It has been a big success already with many more posts than what we could fit into the comments below articles.

The Our Beloved Ducks Forum is where we we discuss the article above and many more topics, as it is so much easier in a message board format over there.  At the free OBD forum we will be posting Oregon Sports article links, the daily Press Releases from the Athletic Department and the news coming out every day.

Be a part of the forum and stay caught up!  When you wish to post there, do know that you are protected just as you were on FishDuck. Join us on the free forum right here!

Our 33 rules at the free OBD Forum can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!

OBD Forum members….we got your back.  No Trolls Allowed!

Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments