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June 13, 2010
Tom Keegan, Matt Tait and Gary Bedore discuss the latest in this whole Big 12 Conference realignment thing.
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The flight tracker shows the flight as scheduled from Austin to KC, but not departed. I think maybe we're being played. Is this maybe a bluff by the Pac 10 to get A&M to get off the fence?
We got info that pilots sometimes know how to turn the tracker off and that the pilot was ticked off when media showed up in Lubbock.
What, and go in stealth mode? Flight tracker converts flight plans to flight paths. What a pilot can do to throw you all off is to file a flight plan and change it, or file a flight plan and change the destination...
Flight tracking of private aircraft is not precise.
Safe driving gentlemen! Sounds like you will be up late for a "no comment". Why KC? Ummm, nice hotels. No further comment. Thanks.
It's weird, isn't it?
Thanks for the update, Matt. Let's hope their car heads West to Lawrence, and they don't throw another curve and head to Columbia.
Just because a flight plan is filed, it doesn't mean the flight occurs. Might be just as easy to get up early on a Monday morning and get to KC/Topeka/Lawrence early. Don't kid yourself, since Flightaware links are all over the interwebs now, they are aware they everyone is following them.
Still think that keeping the Big 12 together or SEC is best bet for KU. NO need to rush to Pac-10 right now. This is still just the first week, let's respond and not react.
If re-alignment is about money, which it is, I agree with KUSTRONG that not rushing to a decision is the right thing to do. KU's recent recruits indicate the football program will be strong; Turner Gill will be a bedrock; the Jayhawks have a recent, successful track record in football; and, of course, KU's basketball program is a plum that any conference wants to have. It's every man for himself right now, and if the Mountain West can be leveraged to get a better deal, then so be it. Personally, I'd like to say "good-bye" and head to the Pac 10.
My one and only problem with keeping the Big 12 together is that MU clearly isn't committed. If the Big 10 comes calling, which is still a decent possibility, they'll leave. Also, there's no guarantee A&M or OU won't bolt to the SEC as soon as offered. The unfortunate truth is that everyone is out for themselves at this point, because they simply can't trust each other.
If KU is offered a Pac 10 spot, how could they turn that down? They're not in a very good position to take a wait and see approach.
I agree with that. They CAN'T turn down any opportunity to go to a BCS conference. What's at risk is getting stuck in a mid-major. If that happens, you can kiss Self goodbye in a few years... KU basketball will never be the same again. I hope if someone, Pac 10, Big 10, ACC, or SEC includes KU in their plans in some fashion. College sports will soon be a 4 conference institution, and the NCAA will be done with bigtime college sports. If you aren't included with this group, there is no chance for a national championship for your school.
Concerning "never" as my dad used to say, "Never is a long time." When Larry Brown left KU, I never thought that we'd ever have a great coach again. When Roy left, I wasn't sure that we'd ever have a great coach again. So while I am 99% on Self's side, I am 100% on KU's side. KU has to do what is in the university's interest because individuals, even great individuals come and go. There is only so much loyalty that you can give to one person. KU must decide its own fate. If we get an offer from the Pac10, I believe that we should sign on the dotted line.
Speaking of Self, if Izzo takes the Cavaliers' job, would Sparty coming knocking on Self's door?
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