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Friday, August 12, 2011

KU AD Sheahon Zenger working hard to protect Jayhawks’ conference interests

Sheahon Zenger was introduced as KU's new athletic director on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, during a press conference at Hadl Auditorium.

Sheahon Zenger was introduced as KU's new athletic director on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, during a press conference at Hadl Auditorium.

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Kansas University’s future in the Big 12 Conference — or any other conference, for that matter — may be a little more in doubt today than it was a few weeks ago, but it’s not because of a lack of focus from the school’s athletic director.

Sheahon Zenger, still in his first year on the job, told the Journal-World Friday afternoon that he had been charging his phone every couple of hours during the past few days to make sure that it was able to handle the volume of calls he has made and received regarding Texas A&M’s desire to leave the Big 12 and how that might impact KU.

“The Kansas faithful can rest assured that we have been in constant contact and remain in constant contact with the conference office and the other athletic directors within this league,” Zenger said. “We have been given assurances by the other schools and the conference office that the other nine of us remain steadfastly committed to this league.”

The same obviously cannot be said for A&M. Last summer, the Aggies were involved in serious and public flirtations with the SEC. But a proposal put together by Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe and the rest of the Big 12’s institutions enticed A&M to stay put. For a while, anyway.

Now, after a couple of weeks of grumbling, similar reports regarding the Aggies to the SEC have surfaced, and a move to the SEC seems to be more likely than ever.

Thursday night, the Rivals.com site AggieYell.com reported that the Aggies had agreed and accepted an invitation to join the SEC. A couple of hours after that report surfaced, The Sporting News released a story that quoted a high-ranking SEC official as saying that simply was not true.

Regardless of what’s true and what’s not, Zenger said the Big 12 remains committed to keeping A&M in the fold, if possible, and, above all, remains committed to preserving the conference. Whether that means the Big 12 would move forward with nine teams, add a team to stay at 10 or add three teams to jump back to 12 remains to be seen and won’t be worked out until A&M’s move becomes official.

“I have great respect for Texas A&M and what they bring to the table,” Zenger said. “They’re welcome to be a member of our league, I just hope, should they stay, that they find a way to be happy.”

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds told Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, “it looks to me like they’re leaving.” Bohls also reported that Dodds said the Big 12 could survive with nine teams, but that the UT staff was working on a list of names for possible replacements should the league elect to go that direction.

In addition to Texas, Oklahoma’s happiness represents a huge piece of the puzzle for the Big 12’s survival.

While the latest rumors of A&M’s departure have made the biggest splash in the athletic world, the move, should it happen, appears to be driven by Texas A&M’s board of regents and president.

Sources said that a final decision likely won’t be made until the issue makes its way through the Texas legislature, which has strong desire to keep Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech tied together. However, that was before A&M’s regents moved their previously scheduled Aug. 22 meeting up to Monday, one day before the legislature is scheduled to meet on the issue of “matters pertaining to higher education, including collegiate athletics.”

One report Thursday said the SEC had offered A&M a spot and that the regents could vote to accept the invitation at their upcoming meeting.

Comments

Randy Bombardier 2 years, 8 months ago

Well, Husker, I agree in principal but it would be so much easier if we had two historical football powers other than Texas remaining. NU leaving the conference makes that pretty difficult for OU to swallow. If you had stayed, sure. Not now.

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huskercarpenter 2 years, 8 months ago

if the AD's of all the schools will just get together and tell texas they are done, and i mean done no working anything out just flat out get rid of them. when you have a student that continually breaks the rule or creates trouble you get rid of them. if you do that with texas, no ifs ands or buts. just wipe your a$$ with texas and flush them down the stool, their is a good chance things can be salvaged. but you have to do it and do it yesterday not tomarrow. and when playing texas this year no matter what sport treat them like dirt let them know that no one wants them around and if you fans start to show the university how you really feel they may start to pay attention. because texas deserves everything they got coming to them.

if you think i am bitter, i am! if you think i like not being able to play the teams from the big 8, you are wrong, we have to start over with traditions now and these will be good in time but i will miss those teams. the KU, NEB game was the longest running consecutive game west of the mississippi and maybe the whole country. there are alot of things we don't have now. all because of texas (dirtbags)

sorry i had to vent.

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troutsee 2 years, 8 months ago

The Big 12 is dead, which is too bad for us folks that like to drive to away games. Every Big 12 AD better be making a lot of phone calls to other conferences. Beebe was in Ya-Ya Land last year and still is in Ya-Ya land. Zenger needs to look at the best options for KU and it ain't with the Big 12. MU will immediately accept the SEC if offered. Come on Zenger. Get us out of here.

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Randy Bombardier 2 years, 8 months ago

Because the people who pay him just got a pay raise themselves with the new tv deal. Its all about the rising tide lifts all boats, including mine (say the ADs and University Presidents)

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davhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Why does Dan Beebe still have a job?

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Luke Kay 2 years, 8 months ago

Well, announced this morning that it has been reported that MU will be extended an offer also to join the SEC. They will probably jump ship as soon as its made official. All their "we need to stay together" talk after the Big10 didnt actually extend them an offer is all just normal MU BS. I agree that we should have manned up and told Texas that they were an equal member or not a member a while ago, but Beebe is BI**H and folded like he always has. Now we are all second rate citizens in our own conference. What schools would want to join that??? Texas gets more and contributes less. Its our (the other schools in the 12) own faults for not standing up and speaking out against Beebe and Texas. Texas needs us more than we need (or want) them. No conference will take them with their TV network deal, not to mention the hassle that comes with being Texas. And I hate to say it, but its in KU's best interest to not bond ourselves with K-State if we do switch conferences. That is a very very heavy anchor that will limit our opportunities to do something good for us.

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mikehawk 2 years, 8 months ago

I swear there must be crack in the water out there somewhere. This is all about money, egos, pride and jealousy over anything University of Texas. The A&M story has become a confused, disgruntled person on the building ledge with a crowd below screaming "jump!" In the meantime, the Big 12 brand has had no time to heal and repair itself from last year's conference crisis, and all of this uncertainty weakens the perception of the league around the country. I have news for those most self-absorbed of the KU crowd, the Big Ten isn't the least bit interested in Kansas anymore than they were interested in Missouri last year. The Aggies from Texas better be careful what they wish for, as I still say the Arkansas faithful have quietly said to themselves and each other they wish they could be competing in the Big 12 rather than the SEC. Tradition, league loyality, long standing rivalaries, are apparently things of the past. I guess its like politics these days in that it isn't about us, it's about me and mine. I love to compete and have fun any time I can at the expense of my KSU friends, but for the two schools to split and go their own ways would be a sad day indeed. I live in Oklahoma and it is the same down here. If OU and OSU split, it will ultimately hurt both schools. We can't seem to recognize the strength is in numbers and sticking together while we compete like heck on the court and on the field. The school power brokers have become like babies threatening to go somewhere else with our own toys thinking the kid on the next block is more fun than the kid who has lived next door all of our lives. Good friends get into fusses with from time to time, and time heals.

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texashawk10 2 years, 8 months ago

The Longhorn Network guarantees that UT football only has 2 options, stay with the Big 12 or go independent. I think at this point, the more financially lucrative option for UT is to wait and see how much the first-tier TV rights contract will fetch which should make the Big 12 the most valuable conference until the SEC and Big 10 renegotiate their TV deals. However, I do think that UT will seriously look at going independent in football if they can find 6-7 teams they can play on an annual basis in football, and find homes for their other sports programs.

Does anybody remember that last year Bill Self said that KU, KSU, ISU, and Missouri had invites to the Big East had the Big 12 folded last year?

http://college-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/24156338/26163006

At this point, I think the Big East would still seriously consider inviting all four schools if an ACC school ends up being the traveling partner with Texas A&M because the ACC will probably add West Virginia or South Florida which leaves the Big East with 8 teams so inviting KU, KSU, ISU, and Missouri gets them to 12 teams in football and an even 20 in basketball.

In football, the divisions would probably be KU, KSU, ISU, Missouri, TCU, and either Cincy or Louisville. The other division would be Cincy/Louisville, UConn, Rutgers, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and WVU/USF. In order to keep the Cincy-Louisville rivalry going, I could see scheduling similar to the SEC or if WVU goes to the ACC put Pitt in the division and keep Cincy and Louisville together.

In basketball you get a western division featuring KU, KSU, ISU, Missouri, Louisville, Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, and TCU with an eastern division of UConn, Georgetown, Syracuse, Villanova, Providence, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Rutgers, and WVU/USF.

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Ludwig Supraphonic 2 years, 8 months ago

Every good drama. needs a villain to sustain dramatic tension. We have plenty of avarice for our nearest Big 8 rivals. The amount of TAMU , UT, and general Texas loathing here suggests sustainable rivalries. That is, if there is anything other than money of import in college athletics.

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Hank Cross 2 years, 8 months ago

Here's how serious UT is about remaining in the B12 no matter what:

"The Pac-12 may emerge as an option to schools left in the Big 12. Dodds said Texas will look at every option, and that the school has "six or eight options." By Friday, his staff was vetting all of them.

As for the possibility Texas could get in the mix with the Pac-12, Dodds said, "I'd put that down as an option. I don't know if it's a viable option."

One Big 12 source said it might be possible for Texas to join the Pac-12 and retain the Longhorn Network because the recent Pac-12 network contract allows for some satellite regional networks."

http://www.statesman.com/sports/collegefootball/aggies-close-to-bolting-for-sec-1735754.html?page=2

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BPSkelly 2 years, 8 months ago

Not going on the offensive when this all blew up last year was the Big 12's downfall. And ultimately, it will be. Eat or be eaten.

Regardless of which direction (east, west, southwest, northwest) they went, they SHOULD have gone a poaching. Or at least give the impression that you were.

Issues like this dont just appear, they develop over time. Which is why, for the life of me, I wonder what Dan Beebe and the Big 12 higher ups were doing the whole eFn time? HOW IN THE HELL did it get this way? Unreal.

Personally, I would have gone hard after Utah, BYU, TCU. Arkansas sounds nice, but doesnt offer much... and why would they leave the SEC to begin with? Air Force, Houston, SMU would all be lesser choices, but ones that would get some more market share covered.

Ultimately though, the Big 12 seems to be going down a path it wont be able to sustain. While A&M's essentially sick of being the ultimate bridesmaid to UT, weather its justified or not is irrelevant. It appears they want out. As long as they've the invite and the motivation, they're as good as gone.

If the Big 12 (10) doesnt add teams (and markets) they are simply done. KU fans need to get used to those 630pm Big Monday games playing in the Big East in a few years.

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Oldschoolyou 2 years, 8 months ago

Don't you all see it. It will be a return to the Big 8. OU and aTm will leave. Works out perfect. Texas can then show more non con games on its network.

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Dan Pawlowski 2 years, 8 months ago

Actually the bigger story and one that will have a much larger impact on college football as a whole is the NCAA Board of Directors voting to ban Div I teams with a four-year academic progress rate (APR) below 930 from participating in the postseason( all NCAA tournaments and football bowl games). That will affect all so called "Football Schools and Conferences" in a much larger way than little Ole Texas A & M stomping away in a huff from the Big 12.

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mjprcjh0314 2 years, 8 months ago

This is really a non-issue, if UT and OU are happy and committed to the Big XII, the other 8 school can go and be replaced pretty easily with someone else, so no big deal if A&M goes to SEC. I don't think that puts the conference in danger of folding. Just my opinion.

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mustlehustle 2 years, 8 months ago

The only thing I hope...is the Big 12 refs...give TAMU the same consideration and benefit-of-the-doubt they gave Nebraska and Colorado last season.

Be opportunistic boys, if you're playing TAMU, and magical things may happen.

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Phoggin_Loud 2 years, 8 months ago

Another option would be to go to Texas A&M and the other conference schools and kick Texas out of the league & add TCU.

Let UT flounder in Bevo's manure.

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huskercarpenter 2 years, 8 months ago

not sure how many want to hear from me about this but if the big xii would have just told texas to get the hell out last year or the year before and invited tcu into the mix this whole thing would have been a non issue. i promise you if that would have happened nebraska stays colorado may have still left but utah, byu or colorado st. would have been knocking. since that didn't happen the conference needs to tell texas to take a walk and then you can start to rebuild this conference, but if texas stays you will not get any schools that are worth having because texas is all about texas and they could care less about the rest of the conference. no big name schools want those headaches. i personally hope that the remaining members of the big 8 can get this figured out. texas came in and have totally trashed this conference it is time to stand up and bust them right in the mouth. there are some other thing i would like to say about them but i had better just keep my mouth shut. to everyone that plays texas this year score as many points as you can i hope everyone can put up 100+ points on them. that is what i hope.

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oldalum 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd say that anytime you make a deal with Texas, you have to be prepared to have them in charge. They just expect to take over everything. If they're in it, they're going to run it.

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kuilander 2 years, 8 months ago

... and to asnwer someones question about perkins or zenger .... thats an easy one ... PERKINS!! in fact, i'd love to see him brought on as a 'consultant' through this whole thing - no matter how zenger takes it!

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kuilander 2 years, 8 months ago

is he f'ing serious??? does he really believe the load of crap spewing from his mouth?!? could he honestly believe for ONE damn second that ALL other nine schools are committed to the conference? really zenger? you're busy on the phone talking with the AD's of THIS conference, and not AD's and commissioners of the three stable conferences?? F@#! ME!!!!! Now i know this could just be fluff and he is diigently in discussions with anyone and everyone, but this load of SH1T is the last thing i wanna hear from him.

you few that are on here thinking this ISNT happening, enjoy. aTm is gonzo, period. If mizzery has a chance to leave (and that is a very real opportunity for them), you think they DON'T leave??? if the Pac calls on OU and OSU is allowed to be tossed in, or the SEC as well ... doesn he think that THEY are not leaving?? no one's word in any of this means jack sh1t other than ISU and Kstate - and thats only because they have absolutely zero opportunites when/if everything shakes down.

ive been holding my tongue on what i think of zenger because there really is nothing to base an opinion on ... but if this really is his strategy for KU, to just keep in touch with the other AD's in this dead man walking of a conference, we are F@#!ED!!

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cragarhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

I don't know. They just rub me wrong. Actually that part was quite satirical. Not the part about kicking them out though.

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cragarhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

What if we just kick out Tamu and UT and go back to having a Big 8? Why Not? I don't like texans to start with.

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Ethan Berger 2 years, 8 months ago

You know who im starting to like. Oklahoma. They have never said anything about leaving. While UT, A&M, Neb, CU all were the center of the talks, OU, OSU, TTU, have all been quite. All have good football programs. I hope we stay with them.

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Jack Wilson 2 years, 8 months ago

Just a consideration .. who would you rather have at the helm during conference uncertainty? Perkins or Zenger?

Best MU reference above .. by pikespeaksmitty .. "Methsewery." Awesome. I will plagiarize if you don't mind.

Don't know about anyone else, but trips to the northeast, or Idaho, or creating a rivaly with New Mexico, or Marquette, doesn't seem that attractive to me.

Reports were that we had the opportunity with Ok St. to join the Pac 10/12 last go around. In hindsight ...

I am very narrow-minded in the my thoughts .. whatever we do, all that matters is preserving our basketball status, with a proper and top tier conference affiliation.

The Big East or Pac-12 would do that.

But how about the ACC .. If Florida St. is leaving? Rather be there than the Big East. Better place for a basketball school.

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Janet Scott 2 years, 8 months ago

Will Bevo be required to approve a KU move from the Big 12? Manure U (our buddy, KSU) holds all the "chips" in this one, even more than Bevo can bring to the table, er, I mean, the pasture.

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doolindalton 2 years, 8 months ago

KU's conference schedule 2012-13 to include:

Pittsburgh

Notre Dame

Syracuse

Louisville

St. John's

Cincinnati

West Virginia

Georgetown

Connecticut

Villanova

Marquette

Bring it on, Big East.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 8 months ago

Ku and Mu Ou and Osu

To the PAC12. Put them in a division with Cu, Utah (Are they UU or U of U), and Arizona schools. PAC gets Okc, Kc, and Stl markets. Travel schedules are not to terrible and everyone gets paid!

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Mike Barnhart 2 years, 8 months ago

A couple more things about merging with the mid-sized teams out west:

TV markets - St Louis, Des Moines, KC, Dallas, Denver, Vegas, San Diego and all of New Mexico, Idaho & Wyoming. Not bad.

GREAT ROAD TRIPS!

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Mike Barnhart 2 years, 8 months ago

"Go west young man!"

KU, K-State, Missouri & Iowa St. need to hook up with TCU, UNLV, Boise, San Diego State, New Mexico, Colorado State, Wyoming and Air Force and form a brand new conference.

Some very solid basketball programs: KU, K-State, San Diego State, UNLV & New Mexico.

And some very solid football programs: Boise, TCU, Missouri & Air Force.

This wouldn't hurt the basketball program one bit and, to be honest, it would probably HELP the football program! Because, don't kid yourself, we're NEVER going to win the BCS championship in a power football conference. However, we just might be able to make some Boise/TCU type noise in a smaller conference.

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Janet Scott 2 years, 8 months ago

I say Missery will go to the new Wee-Wee League, a league of arrogant, pompous, nacisstic half-wit schools, who think themselves high and mighty, but receive only moderate attention from has-beens and losers, and near brain dead NCAA conference commissioners.

Manure U will end up in a central Kansas high school league, which will include Manhattan High, which will make for a new sports (and academic) rivalry second-to-none.

"Z" needs to get his lower backside in a higher gear, if he is to manhandle this bumpy ride for KU.

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IrishDaddy 2 years, 8 months ago

THERE is NO kansas university !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Time to deal with REALITY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Gregor Southard 2 years, 8 months ago

I can tell you they're taking it seriously here in Tennessee.

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Josh Galler 2 years, 8 months ago

If TAMU leaves lets bring in Houston, BYU, and TCU (if we can pry them from Big East committment)

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John Mueller 2 years, 8 months ago

East Texas, u must be a squirel hunter cuz your dead wrong. If not in a good conference , KU basketball will suffer.

Bill Self will leave for one. You think he wants to be in a conference with hutch juco?

Dumb comment.

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John Mueller 2 years, 8 months ago

Billselfpost nailed it up above.

We need to get out now and get the best deal we can get based on his top 3 choices.

Big 12 is dead and everybody in Texas knows it.

Fair question about SEC, 13 seems an odd number, but if they grow, they probably steal from ACC, not Big 12.

We need out of Dodge, now! If we don't become proactive with our exit, we will be in a conference with Hutch juco.

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eastTXjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

the more i think about this, i just don't care what conference we're in. in hoops (the sport we concern ourselves about the most) if you're good enough to win games, you make the tournament. if you win a lot of games, you're a #1 seed, in some cases, despite your conference (re: Memphis under Cal.)

moving to another conference (not the Big 10 or SEC) would actually help our other teams, at least have easier conference schedules, which should equal more wins.

this is only from an athletic point of view, and doesn't consider the $'s an institution would lose in TV contracts and the like.

i'm not smart enough to know what it means from an academic point of view, but i'm not sure that anyone cares, as none of this has anything to do with academics.

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Jayhawk444 2 years, 8 months ago

What doesn't make sense to me in all of this is why would the SEC would add Texas A&M but nobody else...13 teams? It seems they would want to add 1 or 3 teams in addition to Tex A&M to keep league balance. So this talk about "if Texas A&M leaves we will just sit tight with our remaining 9 teams" might be moot because the bombshell will probably be a whole lot bigger than a simple Texas A&M-to-SEC move.

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mustlehustle 2 years, 8 months ago

Nothing against Zenger, he won the lottery getting picked to be an A.D. of a Big 12 Conference school. However, apparently last year's fire drill for conference realignment was heard loudly by everyone except the crack search committee for Kansas. Recall their disappointment when they didn't get the Missouri Valley Athletic Director from Tulsa? So their alternative was an A.D. from Illinois State?

When the vision of your search committee doesn't extend past the Missouri Valley conference for replacements, perhaps its Zenger's influence in the MVC that will give Kansas some consideration. If the MVC grabs Memphis, Louisville, Houston, Baylor, Kansas State, they can instantly become a formidable "super-conference" of sorts and particularly during basketball season.

Its about TV markets, and Kansas has Kansas City (31 largest in the country) and Wichita and Topeka to offer an interested network. Kansas only has that to offer during basketball season, as they simply don't have the fan support or following to apply any numbers to contemplate. The University of Texas puts a very competitive basketball team on the court each season, usually goes deep in the tourney, and they can't sell-out their arena.

Kansas has historically provided the excuse they're a basketball school when it came to their performance during football season. Perhaps the above scenario of a "basketball" driven conference would bundle those similar type schools and create an interest.

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edjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Better be a really good basketball conference or else say goodbye to Coach Self as he leaves for the NBA.

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Andy Tweedy 2 years, 8 months ago

Maybe someone already mentioned this, but I'm pretty sure I remember when Zenger was hired, it was specifically mentioned that he had ties to the Big 10 and that was a selling point in his resume. Am I remembering that right?

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Chris Bailey 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm not a fan of A&M. If they leave I hope we are able to keep the conference together and pick up another school that is tired of their conference! Maybe Arkansas would entertain the possiblity who knows (I doubt it)! I hope they don't leave but I'm not gonna beg someone to stay when all they're going to do is whine and complain. Who knows how long they will remain happy if they stay this time? If they're going to leave get it over with so we can start searching for another 1-3 schools!

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rob4lb 2 years, 8 months ago

The new scenario of the day that is getting alot of play is that if A&M goes to the SEC and it is decided that the conference cannot stay together, Tech/ UT and OU/OSU move to the Pac 12. The new Pac 12 network has 6 regional networks and they could use the Longhorn Network as a seventh network and make some special arrangement with UT. UT does not want independence. That scenario all but forces KU to get into the Big East.

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blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

The reason for KU to leave is simple, we'll go through this again next year and the year after that. Without A&M to somewhat balance the power, we might as well move the Big 12 offices into Mack Brown's walk-in closet.

We're in a tough spot, and everyone should realize it - instead of acting like there is some magical simple solution. To me, the move east makes the most sense. Late night games in the west will destroy our one strong program. Buy into a conference that will help us keep what we have and hopefully, finally, one day, we'll get a football program.

To me the Big East is the obviouse best choice, unless we could broker a new conference with some of their members and other choice schools.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 8 months ago

Zenger went on to say that things are going so good that the other AD's wanted to meet with him on the 9th green at 9 o'clock and he was to wear something nice.

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Phoggin_Loud 2 years, 8 months ago

“I have great respect for Texas A&M and what they bring to the table,” Zenger said. “They’re welcome to be a member of our league, I just hope, should they stay, that they find a way to be happy.”

Really??

How about "We really enjoyed having Texas A&M in our conference, however all 9 other schools unanimously voted to remove them from our conference and we are in discussions with 3 potential new members who actually want to be a part of a strong and growing conference."

Enough, already. Grow a pair, Big XII and go on the offensive and add some new teams to solidify the conference.

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HawkfromHays 2 years, 8 months ago

Order of business no. 1- dump kstate!

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Dickless Head 2 years, 8 months ago

The time has come to STOP being "steadfastly committed to the Big 12" and showing solidarity....and START looking for a stable conference that wants us.

Regardless of what happens with A&M, this issue is not resolved. It will occur again, and again, until the Big will fall apart. It is only a matter of time.

It is time for KU to think about KU, not Dan Beebe or the rest of the conference. Our new AD needs to be talking to the ACC, Pac 12 or whoever and start selling our university. Whoever accepts us, it will take more than an overnight sell with the state and foreseeable future of the status of our football program. We have to sell KU football's potential, and KU basketball. Make a superconference understand what we can bring to the table that would be unique.

The time for all of this is NOW. Not when the conference is weeks away from dissipating. By then, it will be too late.

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kuhawkster 2 years, 8 months ago

I seriously hope that Mr. Zenger is not only in constant contact with the Big twhatever and the AD's, but also every conference Commissioner from the PAC12 to the Big East. If the ship does sink, I know our fans will plenty unhappy with a response of 'Well, we were in constant contact with the Commissioner the whole time and didn't see this coming.'

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rob4lb 2 years, 8 months ago

I live in Houston and UH makes no sense. UH does not secure the Houston market. UT and Tech and A&M are all more popular than UH. UH is decent academically, but still pretty much a commuter school. It's funny how everyone trashes A&M performance on the field (of course, they have pretty much dominated KU on the football field). Clearly that is not the only criteria. A&M has a lot to offer and their departure will be a big loss to the Big 12-3.

I'm sure if A&M leaves, the rest of the conference will try to stay together. I am more curious (and, of course, no one is going to confess to this) and fascinated about any conversations Zenger has has with any other conference.

Finally, someone here needs to comment on whether or not, KU can freely break away from K-State should an attractive offer come from another conference. I suspect they are not bonded together and if push comes to shove, KU would be able to split.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 8 months ago

Zenger then said he needed to hurry home to plant some magic beans and feed his unicorn that the other ad's were sending him as a show of faith.

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billselfistheman 2 years, 8 months ago

The Big 12 is done, its time to accept that and do everything we can to find a good conference. Here is what KU's priority shold be

1- Get in the Big 10 2-Pac 12 3 Big East

Zenger needs to be on the phone right now with the Big 10.

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Hammertoe 2 years, 8 months ago

If A & M leaves, the Big 12 may take the University of Houston. The population is twice the size of the entire state of Kansas. A & M hasn't brought much to the Big 12 anyway. Theie record in bowls is horrible, Insignificant in basketball. Texans love their football and football is king.

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Kevin Randell 2 years, 8 months ago

I agree partially with the two previous posts. However, I am just assuming here and we all know what happens when we do that.......but I am assuming that this AD is actually coming up with some backup plans. Yes, I would like the Big 12 to stay, but we all see the writing on the wall. It will get to the point where there will be 4 mega conferences in college football. It is sad to say, but may be we shouldn't jump ship...but this is becoming an every man for himself situation.

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swunruhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

The media loves to run with all the speculation. The Gov. of Texas made an off handed comment and the fuse is lit. Texas A&M may not be thrilled with UT but do they really want to spend the $ it would cost to jump to the SEC. It's probably not wise, considering the economy. Most of what we are being told is purely to sell papers and attract viewers. It's working but a waste of energy.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 8 months ago

Zenger, I f you believe the other AD's, I have some oceanfront property in Kansas to sell you. Step up man! Jump ship while we can!

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