Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Big East commish contacts Beebe


Big East Commissioner John Marinatto says he has been in constant contact with Dan Beebe of the Big 12 and John Swofford of the Atlantic Coast Conference in recent days and has suggested the three meet to discuss conference realignment.

Marinatto didn’t reveal details about his conversations with his fellow commissioners but said Tuesday: “I thought it would be important for us to meet face-to-face and take the lead in trying to do things the right way.”

Marinatto also has spoken with NCAA president Mark Emmert, but he said Emmert was not planning to hold any meetings with conference commissioners to discuss conference realignment.

In a statement to the AP, Swofford said he is open to Emmert’s “involvement in helping us find a process that better serves the greater good of college athletics.”

“As it relates to conference realignment, if we can find a more structured way to do business with each other, we need to try to find it,” Swofford said. “In my opinion, further exploration would be healthy and beneficial for our profession.”

The NCAA president doesn’t have the power to stop schools from changing conferences and Marinatto pointed out that Emmert’s involvement would likely be limited by potential legal issues such as restriction of trade and antitrust laws.

Beebe’s conference, which nearly was wiped out last year when the Pac-10 expanded, is in danger of losing Texas A&M; to the Southeastern Conference.

If the Aggies end up in the SEC, the league likely would need to add at least one more member.

There has been rampant speculation the SEC, which has 12 members, could target another school from the Big 12, or from the ACC and Big East for further expansion.

“We can and must be mindful of everyone’s best interests and be constructive and not destructive,” Marinatto said. “But we all realize we are competitive and we have different constituencies to serve.”


Brad Avery 8 years, 6 months ago

Don't be proud, Dan. Set up the meeting and combine the strength of strengths of the conferences.

hawksince51 8 years, 6 months ago

Good for Marinatto!! It makes good sense for the comishes of the sitting duck conferences to get together and talk about protecting their flocks. Let's get proactive for a change; this reactive stuff is not going to save the Big 12/10/9.

John Boyle 8 years, 6 months ago

I don't mind the commissioners being proactive but all this super conference stuff is for the birds. It doesn't help the rivalries because there are just too many teams to form good rivals. You either don't play everyone in your conference or you play them every other year or every third year. If that is the case you might as well be in separate conferences. I know this is all money driven but it hurts the true spirit of college athletics. If they want to generate more revenue, then install a playoff system for D-1 football instead of this lame BCS garbage. In the words of the great Dennis Miller "that's just my opinion, I could be wrong"

jgkojak 8 years, 6 months ago

Interesting... it makes sense for the Big East, A10 and the B12 schools not named Texas and Oklahoma to meet.

You could see some sort of arrangement where a contingency plan is made to set up a 20 team super-conference with 12 -14 football schools and 20 basketball schools.

You would set up "divisions" and have a Midwest Division made up of KU, KSU, ISU, OSU or MU and 1 non-football school (DePaul gets you in the Chicago market)

In basketball, you do a home and home with your division (8 games) and then play everyone in another 2 of the 3 other divisions once (rotating) (10 games) -- giving you an 18 game conf. season and a playoff where you could meet someone you haven't yet played.

Not ideal but could work.

In football, you'd play all the football schools in your division once every year (annual games at KSU, ISU and OSU or MU) and 1 of the three divisions - giving you 9 games.

In some ways, I like this because we're staying close to home enough to make it work for student-athletes, maintain our old rivalries, and we may be more competitive in football.

James Kiernan 8 years, 6 months ago

Please not the Big East! Much rather end up in the ACC if the conf. blows up. ACC makes more sense geographically and Big East style of play is like watching paint dry.

rob4lb 8 years, 6 months ago

I don't think this is about a partnership. I think it is about coming to some agreement not to poach each other's teams.

I do like a scenario if the SEC takes MU, Clemson and FSU and A&M, where the remaining 8 Big 12 teams and the remaining 10 ACC teams form some sort of partnership or even merge. Maybe you kick out Miami and have BC move back to the Big East to come up with a 16 team conference.

I think the Pac 10 and Big 12 were discussing some sort of partnership before the realignment mess began last year.

jgkojak 8 years, 6 months ago

What's sad is a REAL football playoff with the top 8 conf. champs and the next best 8 teams would make (puts finger to mouth Dr Evil style) 1 BILLION DOLLARS - and would dwarf the pocket change schools like Texas and Notre Dame are fighting for right now.

And then we could stop this nonsense.

CaramelMacchMan 8 years, 6 months ago

You know what would be really interesting if KU ends up in ACC? The big question: How is Coach Roy Williams going to feel about coming to Allen and play against Kansas? Just saying.. The KU/UNC rivalry has potential to be bigger than UNC/Duke. Not to think KU/Duke has the same potential.

CaramelMacchMan 8 years, 6 months ago

At the end.. I would rather see KU in big 10. Traveling time for all other sports and athletes make sense. But how come this is all about money and not about student athletes (if Big East's case), it does not make sense.

Kyle Sybesma 8 years, 6 months ago

Agreed! All for a move to the Big 10. Hopefully with Notre Dame, Missouri, and Syracuse.

jgkojak 8 years, 6 months ago

Yes, a B10 West with NE, MO, IA, WI, MN, KS, IL and Purdue would be more geographically compact than what we have right now and brings us 2 100+ year rivals in NE and MO. And the academic quality is better as well.

A B10 East would presumably have MI, MSU, IN, OHST, PNST, NWestern, Notre Dame (!) and Syracuse or Rutgers or Pitt.

Randy Bombardier 8 years, 6 months ago

I know it is supposed to be about football but what about the mythical Beltline Conference"


Iowa State Kansas Kansas State Oklahoma Oklahoma State Missouri


Illinois Indiana Kentucky Memphis Northwestern Notre Dame

OU and ND would own football and play for the championship most years, in other words life as usual. But basketball, OMH (Oh My Heavens), what a conference. Big East you've got nothin on us. Check out the geography. All contiguous states, we get even by poaching from both the Big10 and SEC and we make a bridge to ND.

Imagine Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, and Memphis all in one conference. Wow. Oh, and the Fed-Ex Booster from Memphis would most likely pump some money into this to make it happen. We could also add Louisville and Cincy if we want 14.

Why not. Let's make this about basketball. That would have to command attention. And the football wouldn't be that bad either. You get a frustrated Illinois and Indiana out of the Big10 and a frustrated Kentucky out of the SEC. I know, I know, we will miss Texas, right? Really?

Randy Bombardier 8 years, 6 months ago

Make that Louisville and Purdue. Let the Big 10 cobble up the Big East.

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