Just a season back there was great fear that the Big 12 would vanish completely…
It seemed like just about everybody wanted to jump ship. Why? Money of course. Around here the big surprise was Missouri leaving for the SEC. Losing Nebraska was a bit shocking. Nobody much cared about Colorado leaving, but Missouri going was a blow.
There was all the talk that nobody much wanted Kansas because of the small TV market and it’s football didn’t matter. The fact that Kansas was a great school and had a legendary basketball program didn’t seem to make much of a difference. Nope, it was all about football, TV contracts, money and the power that it brings. Nothing else.
In the past the geographic location of your school seemed to matter.
The Pacific Coast wanted schools out west, the Big 10 and Big 12 wanted the Midwest and North, and so on. Today, well how about this possible move: Clemson or Florida State to the Big 12? So I guess location no longer matters either.
The great news is the Big 12 went from dead to hot.
That’s right, the list of big name schools considering a move to the Big 12 is growing by the week. Talks are going on right now with Clemson, Maryland, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Brigham Young and yes, even Notre Dame. My word, what a difference a few months makes. From dead to on top of the college football world, or at least near there.
While Notre Dame, the plumb in so many ways, is still thinking about it, the Big 12 may be its best bet.
The football TV giant wants to enter either the Big 12 or maybe the ACC, but keep its football deal out of the equation. In other words we commit to everything BUT FOOTBALL. Why? THE MONEY.
Notre Dame is on TV every week. But I think its clear that if the Big 12 accepted Notre Dame, they feel in time the football team would jump in as well, just not now. Oddly, the Notre Dame image on the field has taken some major hits. They are no longer a giant football power. It’s been many years since they battled for a national title. Still they have the NAME, and the power that goes with it.
A college play-off system is near and needed.
Likely there will be bowl games of some sort for the NON playoff teams – a big fall from grace for remaining bowls. Why? MONEY.
In the end the Big 12, soon to be led by new commissioner Bob Bowlsby is the big winner.
The one thing about life you can always count on is change..and usually for MONEY.