Does it REALLY have to be this hard for everyone to find an athletic conference home? Evidently, yes. What else would ESipN talk about? Oh wait…
When all the hullabaloo started last year, I wasn’t so sure about the Ags jumping ship to go to the SEC. It didn’t have much to do with the fact I knew we’d get our tails whipped, badly. No, it had more to do with keeping the Big 12 together. But, I did pause and wonder why an athletic powerhouse like Nebraska would leave. Was it really just about a better fit?
Mute point now, I guess. Here’s what I think about all the SEC, Big 12-2, ACC, Pac-Whatever and ACC craziness.
TOP TEN: WHAT *IS* ALL THE FUSS ABOUT ANYWAY?
1. If the Aggies want to leave, I say, “Move out of the way, folks.” It’s like I tell my kids, “We can do this the easy way or the hard way. It’s your choice.” While some may say we jumped prematurely because of the LHN, I say that was just the icing on the cake. This has been brewing for years. Years.
2. If Baylor really thinks that the Big 12-2 is going to survive they are delusional. The chips started falling last year when NE and CO left. The Aggies saw the window open and jumped. Now Okie State and OK are doing the same. It’s like rats in a flood. They’re all scattering. The life boat is gone folks. G O N E.
3. Someone remind me again why the Aggies are the bad guys? We just refused to ride the road to Abilene. That’s a leadership term from a Dr. Chris course at A&M. We just did what no one else believed we would ever do – stand up to our rival on the 40 acres.
4. At this point, even though I have Longhorn friends whom I love, I don’t think the Ags and t.u. can survive in the same conference anymore. Change, it happens.
5. BUT, I think the whole “rivalry game” drama is way overrated. Why can’t they play? Shall I name all the non-conference rivalries who still make a splash? Clemson-SC, Florida-FSU, Iowa-Iowa State, ND-Ohio State. Yeah, so we won’t play on Thanksgiving. Eh. I would just like to see that game preserved, no matter when it’s played. It’s a good rivalry, no need to let that get sacrificed in the dismantling of the conference.
6. I’m also an Iowa State grad who happens to ADORE the women’s basketball coach, Bill Fennelly. It makes me very sad to think that ISU and schools like Kansas may get left off the grid and hunting for scraps. ISU is a great university and has a top-notch athletic program. Shoot, Dan McCarney (now at The Green Machine in Denton) is a great football coach. I had the honor of interviewing him his first season at ISU. Cyclone country has a special place in my heart.
7. The way of the athletic world is moving to super conferences and $$$, even though none of us want to admit it. I’m hopeful, though, that might lead to an actual playoff system that’s more equitable across the board. Hey, I can hope.
8. Instead of each school holding all these “we give the power to our university president to do what’s right” meetings and the news media chomping at the bit, why doesn’t EVERY school just meet this week and give their presidents that power? You know, really shake things up around here.
9. Scott will be happy I threw this in here…he’s long been an advocate of the “Texas Conference”. Lumping all the schools in Texas into one. Gov. Perry would like that, you know, when we secede.
10. I just want the drama over. Pick a conference, file a lawsuit, start picking out new uniforms. Whatever. I just want to focus on football. It is fall and that’s what gets Texans through these 103-degree days. The news media is raining on my parade.