When I was a kid I watched my dad’s team the Missouri Tigers play Penn State in the Orange Bowl...
Wow, a win could mean the national title. The Tigers had sure pro quarterback Terry McMillen and stand out receiver Mel Gray. It was very close, but the Tigers lost at the end of the game. It was their best football season of all time. They were 9-2 and 6th in the nation.
A couple years ago they were nearly back, ranked number one (for a few days) and headed for a bright finish with Chase Daniels.
By the way McMillen never made it in the pros and the Tigers have never won a national title.
I followed them because my dad and mom went there. I did a year at UMKC but was never a Kangaroo. I mean, really. I always followed MU football and KU basketball. One decent program and one great program. And it didn’t hurt that our Chiefs were the best team in the NFL back then.
Forty years later, two teams leave the Big 12 and it looks like Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State may follow. Commissioner Dan Beebe seems totally lost in this mess and even mighty Texas can’t seem to stop the blow up of the league.
It’s all money, money, money.
Don’t you find it odd, at a time when there are all these scandals involving college players and coaches, with cheating to get players, paying players, hookers and players, autographs and players and on and on? Yet in the end, even the big boys are no different. It’s always about the bucks.
In the end nobody seems to care about education, just money and power.
You never hear any talk about the schools standings with graduations and grades, no sir. Just how much, how many wins and oh, by the way, we found out that hoops programs don’t count much.
Nobody really wants KU and they have one of the nation’s top basketball programs. Go figure.
All the big money is in football.
As we know only 1% of the college players make it to the NFL. Yet they are not paid to play in college ball. Most of them do not attend classes AT ALL. A fact. So they really are there only to play football. Yes, I know there are some exceptions, and some go to a couple pretend classes. But most of them dream of the NFL, the money, the girls, the TV, the girls, the money.
They sounds like the NCAA guys.
Will the Big 12 survive? I’m not sure it matters anymore.
The teams will all play somewhere. Money will still be king. Everyone will pretend it’s really about the kids. Just like when they say, "We need to make an example out of you."
Or when you vote, "Remember, we are the party who cares about your children and their children’s future."
Tradition. It’s history and it’s sad.