Sunday, June 13, 2010

Could Mountain West merger save Big 12?

The Big 12 and SEC will have a new football game for its league champions beginning in 2014.

The Big 12 and SEC will have a new football game for its league champions beginning in 2014.


With each day that passes it appears as if the Big 12 Conference moves one step closer to extinction.

However, a scenario emerged Saturday that might go a long way toward saving the conference.

An report early Saturday morning quoted Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson as saying that the MWC was frothing at the mouth to scoop up whatever Big 12 schools might remain should Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State head to the Pac-10, as expected.

Sources within the Mountain West, however, told the Journal-World late Saturday night that the exact opposite actually could happen. Instead of the MWC taking the Big 12’s castaways — Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Iowa State and Baylor — the Big 12 could absorb all 10 members of the Mountain West, including newly acquired Boise State, and move forward as a revamped Big 12.

“That has some merit because it would allow the remaining Big 12 schools to protect things like their NCAA Tournament basketball shares and the automatic qualifying bid to the BCS,” the source said. “If that’s how this goes down, I know that both sides are going to be very sensitive to how that part’s handled so that it doesn’t jeopardize the BCS bid or any of the basketball shares that those schools have earned.”

That alone, along with the other advantages that would come with the Big 12’s leftovers sticking together, such as geography, friendly time zones and tradition, could be enough to make the offer appealing to those schools that remain. One other potential benefit of staying with the league and adding the MWC schools would be the fact that the Big 12 — whatever it would be called from here on out — would be around to collect the departure penalty payouts from the schools that leave.

As for the Mountain West schools, which, like the Big 12, have been together barely more than a decade, the idea of leaving the MWC behind would not be tough to swallow, the source said.

“With the opportunity to become a BCS conference, nearly immediately, and the fact that this conference, which has been on a united front throughout this whole thing, would remain united, I think the sentimentality carries very little weight,” the source said. “I think in a lot of ways it’s a best-case scenario for everyone involved.”

The kicker, of course, is that, as of now, the Big 12 still has 10 teams in it, with only Colorado and Nebraska out the door for certain. That could all change as soon as Tuesday, when four Big 12 south schools reportedly will announce their defection to the Pac-10.

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott and deputy commissioner Kevin Weiberg visited with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State officials in person Saturday, ostensibly with invitations to join the league. Up next is a trip to Texas A&M;, Texas and Texas Tech today. An OU press release described Saturday’s meeting with president David Boren and AD Joe Castiglione as “very cordial and informative. It would not be appropriate to comment further on the content of the meeting at this time. There will be a special meeting of OU’s board of regents Wednesday to weigh possible conference options available to the university.”

The press release had most pundits 100 percent convinced OU is Pac-10 bound.

The wildcard here remains Texas A&M.; The Aggies originally were in the proposal outlined by the Pac-10, however, A&M; has since become torn over whether to join its Big 12 brothers in heading west or set out on its own into the SEC. reported Saturday there were enough votes of A&M; regents to approve a move to the SEC.

There are conflicting reports whether the SEC would want A&M; and ESPN reported Saturday that the league was not interested in KU, though some KU officials have been intrigued by the possibility of joining that league.

There’s also been talk of KU, K-State, Missouri and Iowa State joining the Big East but that has yet to build up much steam nationally.

Should A&M; head to the SEC, that would leave Kansas in an interesting position of whether to pursue becoming the 16th school in the Pac-10 or to stick with the potential Big 12/Mountain West merger that seems to be gaining momentum.

A source confirmed to the Journal-World reports that officials from KU, K-State, Missouri, Iowa State and Baylor met via teleconference on Saturday to discuss the possibility of remaining with the Big 12 via merging with the Mountain West. The athletic directors may meet Monday to ask questions of TV officials about possible contracts and what they would be worth for such a league.

Although the losses of Texas and Oklahoma would be tough to stomach, taking on the Mountain West schools could actually expand the markets the Big 12 reaches, especially if the Big 12’s five and the MWC’s 10 went after Houston or SMU, as the source indicated they would, as the 16th team in the revamped Big 12.

That, in effect, would be creating the very thing that current Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe has warned against throughout the entire realignment process. It would be interesting to watch if, with his conference saved, Beebe would be willing to oversee one of the 16-team power conferences he’s lobbied against in recent weeks.

“I think it’s something that we, as a community of leaders, better be very careful about,” Beebe said. “I think if we come to a day where there are four 16-member conferences and there’s a clear departure of those conferences from the rest of the institutions in higher education and athletics, that it’s going to be a sad day and it’s going to be very difficult to not have a lot more intervention and legal issues attached to those institutions.”


Jack Wilson 12 years, 1 month ago

"Beebe would be willing to oversee one of the 16-team power conferences he’s lobbied against in recent weeks."

Uh, first order of business would be to fire Mr. Beebe. Correct?

NorthStarHawk 12 years, 1 month ago

Here! Here!

He couldn't handle twelve, how does his ineptitude expect to handle 16?

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

I'll do the deed without prejudice and promptly.

HawkTronic 12 years, 1 month ago

Yes, he has to go. Why would we keep a UT lapdog that can't even keep UT in the conference?

KU08 12 years, 1 month ago

Agreed. Or we could just have a vote by the member schools on which commissioner to keep, Dan Beebe or whoever the current MWC one is. That probably won't be an evenly split vote.

aerohawk 12 years, 1 month ago

I would say our number one priority in all of this is finding a conference that isn't run by Beebe.

gchawk 12 years, 1 month ago

Couldn't agree more, HighElite. Beebe found his actual Peter Principle when he got out of Community College, how he rose to his current job position is beyond me.

Spencer Goff 12 years, 1 month ago

The MWC is proving to be a very sharp conference. They realize what they have and do not have, and they play the game accordingly. The pre-emptive strike on Boise State was something our half assed conference should have considered.

Honestly, I know Self wants to be in a "BCS" conference for sure, and so do I, but I'm not sure the most stable home wouldn't be in the MWC, away from conference killer UT.

Of course, I think Larry Scott is fully capable of handling Texas. So I guess a Pac-10 move wouldn't be a bad thing either.

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

Haha get over yourself. Assuming A&M goes to the SEC maybe we could add Memphis from Conf USA along with Houston and leave, say, Utah (Pac-10 bound), out of the equation and become a very strong conference.

This is what I've been saying all along folks. KSA rebelled and acceptance will follow shortly. In the end all will be good in the hood.

Michael Pannacciulli 12 years, 1 month ago

yes. ku should be beggin the pac 10 to take them!!!

best, the disgruntled alum

FWontheKaw 12 years, 1 month ago

This guy's a troll. He's never added anything constructive, ever.

Michael Bratisax 12 years, 1 month ago

I don't agree with him but we are in the same boat. I wonder what Boise State thinks of this?

Michael Pannacciulli 12 years, 1 month ago

boise state just wants more cred, they deserve it. the rest of the crap that fills out the mountain west conference, blah...who needs them. go KU, run far away from all this...don't concern yourself with mizzou either because they were more than ready to dump you when the big 12 came sniffing around.

defineboredom 12 years, 1 month ago

Beebe is a lame duck but doesn't see it. He seems to be somewhat spineless, and should probably be fired. But luck is that he would stick around....

on the other hand....

If TA&M goes to the SEC, it would be interesting to see if the Pac-?? picks up KU. I wouldn't mind one bit! Flip the bird at Mizzou and KSU, and, for that matter, even Texas.

And what doesn't the MWC add? Three BCS bowl teams (Boise St., Utah,and TCU). Utah is undefeated in their last 9 bowl meetings, including a Sugar Bowl appearance against Alabama. Boise St. has won both of their BCS bowl games, and TCU's only appearance was a loss to Boise St. In fact, the MWC has won more of the ESPN Bowl Challenge cups (3) than any other conference. In addition, UNLV, Utah and BYU add very good basketball teams. Too bad that KSA has head-up-butt syndrome.

aerohawk 12 years, 1 month ago

"probably be fired"

Is there any doubt?

Spencer Goff 12 years, 1 month ago

Yeah man, the MWC now has some solid pedigree in not only getting into BCS games, but winning them against opponents like Alabama and OU (that Alabama win came in SEC country against a team that won the title the previous season).

If they had BCS automatic berth attached to their conference name they would be handing it to people regularly.

BYU has a strong football history. Boise State returns a top five national team next season. The conference is run by smart people with schools that have a conference mentality. I could deal with that.

I see this as win-win. Unless the Big 12 somehow sticks together and we sell our souls to UT, in which case its "well lets get bossed around until the conference implodes some other season." Here's hoping somebody (OU, OSU, A&M please!?!) nutz up and pulls the trigger on this conference.

kansaspike 12 years, 1 month ago

Would the decision between being 16th Pac XX team or go with the new Big12/MWC really be hard?

Give me a break. Let's see.....KU vs. UCLA in hoops.....or KU vs. Boise St in hoops.

Pac XX by far our #1 option, has to be.

KU91 12 years, 1 month ago

Agree, but if we fail to get the final spot in the Pac 16, this would be our best option left, since the SEC does not want us, and the Big East will be falling apart in a few years.

Vern Sheldon-Witter 12 years, 1 month ago

Pac 16 via reports are considering Utah over KU. Our future is not in that monster anyway.

utahjayhawk 12 years, 1 month ago

Wrong. Reports are very fluid but (who's nailed most everything so far) is reporting KU has moved ahead of Utah for the 16th spot should A&M bolt.

Kevin Studer 12 years, 1 month ago

This isn't about hoops, it's about football. KU basketball will be KU basketball (it's not like Big 12 bb is anything great as it is.) We will always be a basketball juggernaut. And, by the way: in football, Boise State is a hell of a lot stronger program than we are, and would generate more revenue.

Marcia Parsons 12 years, 1 month ago

The point is that the MWC would join the remaining Big 12 and not the other way around. We would retain the Big 12 BCS standing plus get to hit those who leave with a penalty payment.

KUPearlJam 12 years, 1 month ago

Big12 has 4 teams in this years preseason top15...and texas around #25 in bball.......Big12 hoops is one of if not the best conf in the country...finished last year #1 as a conf in the RPI.

KUPearlJam 12 years, 1 month ago

The Mountain West Conf. is not an option for KU......this would be as bad as OJ being found innocent in 1995..there will be riots....

Dirk Medema 12 years, 1 month ago

Didn't CU share a NC just 10 or 20 years ago? That sounds like something, but then maybe "Ever" is only as long as you've been alive.

John Randall 12 years, 1 month ago

With the exception of NU to BigTen, none of the most popular moves being discussed makes sense outside of football. aTm may be an academic fit for the SEC, but Baylor and the remaining North schools are several steps above that, and at least a couple steps over TT,TU,OU,OSU. Hell, TCU, Rice, Houston, Wichita or Tulsa as well as several Mountain West schools don't match the academic embarrassment the Big 8 cum 12 bought into 15 years ago.

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

while your facts are correct, the games in college station are tailor made for SEC just as while I don't like it, Huskers are best fit for B10 with gophers, bears, and hawkeyes.

aerohawk 12 years, 1 month ago

Serious question. I don't do a lot of football. Isn't the game the same independent of conference? Just trying to figure out what you mean.

armchaircowboy 12 years, 1 month ago

But A&M does have a 90,000 seat football stadium and a rich football tradition. They also are one of the largest schools in the country with unlimited resources and, as you mentioned, an ever growing poulation base.

All CU offers is the Denver market, but they also kept the Baylor baptists out of the PAC...don't overlook that overarching reason.

MU probably played this almost as bad as possible. KU and Kstate just don't bring enough TV sets.

Trey Hohman 12 years, 1 month ago

Bill Self would most likely leave after next year if faced with the prospect of KU basketball having to realign with MWC. -- Possibly even sooner; if KU is forced into MWC in the next 2 weeks & if coupled with T. Izzo taking Cavs job. Self would most likely be MSU #1 choice to replace Izzo & I wouldn't blame him for going.

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

Hey no more of a Self loyalist than right here, yet I cried and got over Ted (1st ten yrs. were great actually) Larry, Roy, and don't want to consider it, but we will survive another hundred years and another 4-5 coaches.

we may not relish the MVC revamped B12 but it's nice to explore options, the world is changing, we have to make lemonaide.

We have to do what's best for KANSAS and that may or may not be Pac 10 if we get invite. If it fits to save Self we all agree and if not, then we will survive. This is save the Alamo time, not I'm so pretty time. idiots.

1jhawk2 12 years, 1 month ago

Wrong, forget MSU. Travis Ford gets let go year after OSU's last season in Big 12 and Billy Boy goes home to coach OSU in PAC 10.

mr_jhawk4477 12 years, 1 month ago

2010 NCAA Tourney Bids:

Pac 10: 2 Mountain West: 4

Plus KU, KState, Mizzou, and Baylor. That would make 8 bids for the "new Big XII". Even when you add in UT, OU, OSU, Colorado, and TT that only adds 2 bids to the PAC 10 which would bring their total to 4

KU91 12 years, 1 month ago

If we were to somehow save the Big XII by a MWC/Big XII merger, and become the Big XVI (With the addition of Houston and/or SMU (If Utah goes to the Pac 26.).). Since Dan Beebe is a horrible commishioner, and does not want to run a 16 team Super Conference anyways. Why not make the current MWC Commishioner the new commishioner, he seems to actually know what he is doing? This time around, we would probably want to make it an equal distrubtion of money.

Chuck Fitzgerald 12 years, 1 month ago

The last thing a merger between mwc/big12 needs is to keep the current mwc commish. You will see the same problem the big12 had, Texas running everything. The mwc is subtly run by BYU & the state of Utah with the current comish in charge. A new & hopefully independent commish would need to be appointed who would have the conference interests first not a state, university or religion.

The other problem I see with this merger is that we would be dealing with three time zones & over 2,000 miles of travel between Iowa State & San Diego State. On the plus side the mwc network, already in place, could air 4 live football games & 6 live basketball games on the weekend.

Hank Cross 12 years, 1 month ago

MW mergers with B12, Forgotten 5 merge with MW - what's the difference? The P16 and BE scenarios were far more intriguing. BTW a DC newspaper has already favorably examined the BE scenario.

John Randall 12 years, 1 month ago

The one very big difference is a locked up BCS bid, together with March Madness standing. Add that to buyouts from all the schools leaving . . . the $$$ adds up.

Consider the continuing improvement of most MWC academic and athletic programs, and the world doesn't look nearly so bleak.

Spencer Goff 12 years, 1 month ago

Standing contracts and commitments, huge difference.

Since the Big 12 technically still exists, those other schools would owe it money for exiting.

And since the Big 12 would technically still exist, all TV contracts would still be enforced.

Most likely stadium locations for title games already contracted would be enforced. That would be odd for football (in Dallas, et. al.) but good for KU (Sprint Center basketball anybody?).

Mkultra 12 years, 1 month ago

What a terrible idea! KU is far better off going to the ACC, Big East, ACC Big East basketball hybrid, SEC, Big 11 (12), PAC-1X! No way they should do this if they do that will be the worst decision in Kansas history and would kill our sports. It is not worth it just to stay together with Kstate. I could see our idiotic leaders pulling this and we are much better than this, KU is ELITE!

Mkultra 12 years, 1 month ago

Maybe they will figure out if we move to or create an inferior conference the donor money will dry up and the recruits won't come...they must protect the basketball that is the most important goal obviously

jaybate 12 years, 1 month ago

"Reading Self: Don't Merge East, or West, Expand the B 12 East and South!!!"

The simplest move is for the Big 12 North to find two teams to replace NU and CU, then plug themselves into the Big East, or ACC, as a midwestern division.

The dumbest move would be to merge into the mountain time zone, unless it is coupled with the simplest move.

But Self is signalling something else.

Self is signalling that his vision is keeping whatever remains of the Big 12 alive and adding 2 or 6 teams to make it a better basketball conference.He's saying the Big 12 can land in venues they have never been in before.

Think about this. It took a few seconds for me to get what he is hinting at.

Self wants the Big 12 to expand into the eastern time zone!!!

Don't merge east, or west.

Expand east, And replace south!

Lew and Self are finally signalling a plan.

Expand South...

Houston brings Houston market. SMU brings Dallas market.

Expand East...

The Big 12 cherry picks football schools from the Big East.

Syracuse, Pitt, West Virginia, Notre Dame from the Big East.


Dirk Medema 12 years, 1 month ago

Notre Dame is NOT a BE FB school. Just BB.

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

correct self is signalling a creative plan and I first thought he meant SoCal markets, but you may be on to something, memphis, cincy, toledo, louisville, tulane, heck maybe some chicago city shcools plenty are there.

we will need BCS funds however to make it work, hence keep the B12 TV and BCS funds intact in the new creation... we'll be fun to see it evolve.

nice to have options.

Robert Brock 12 years, 1 month ago

SMU? That school does not deliver the Dallas market. Athletically dead!!!!

OCJHAWK 12 years, 1 month ago

On the rebound, and the finances to play big league if the can get TV exposure

utahjayhawk 12 years, 1 month ago usually have better takes than this one. Most, if not all, the schools you listed are completely second-tier (SMU, Houston, etc) and I want no part of them. It's the whole image at this point -- don't limit your thinking to just sports. These type institutions have no credible standing academically and would dilute the value that Kansas University has worked very hard to build over the last century.

Without question, the Pac 16 option is by far the best on the table. Let's just hope it works out.

Jack Wilson 12 years, 1 month ago

Memphis, Louiville, Cincinnati, Houston, SMU seem like the absolute best expansion candidates to go with the remaining 5.

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

HEM nailed it, Memphis, Louiville, Cincy, Houston, TCU are best candidates, then we have Hugo, Doc or Sawyer.

SMUfan 12 years, 1 month ago

you're a complete idiot. The addition of SMU could only add to Kansas' value. SMU is an institution with significant academic "credibility", with highly-ranked business and law schools, a prestigious arts school, a nationally-respected theology school, a world-class museum containing important art and artifacts and a political science department with an international reputation for excellence. In addition, there is the fact that despite sponsoring only 17 sports, SMU has been ranked as the top school in its conference for 10 of the last 12 years in the Director's Cup overall athletic rankings. On top of it all, SMU has some of the best facilities -- academic and athletic -- in the country.

Vern Sheldon-Witter 12 years, 1 month ago

Big 10 membership, whenever they expand, should be the ultimate goal. Failing that, the projected Big East Conglomeration is the next best thing. KU and the Pac whatever is not a solution. Fraid OU is going to discover this soon.Neither is the SEC. Going south for Kansas is a cultural waste. The suggestion that an elite athletic program like KUs would find this slapped up rinky dink MWC, with it's mid major majority is insulting. We have too much going for us. We could maintain our Independence until the right situation presents itself. The suggestion that KU and K-State come as a package is i am afraid a non starter. There are Conferences that would wccept KU more willingly, provided K-State is not a part of the deal. The time has come for each school to look after their own futures.

shimjhawk2002 12 years, 1 month ago

People the Big 10 does not want us......they want Notre Dame. To accomplish that they will raid Big East and try to break them up if they do anything.

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

so we join a rinky dink conference, big deal, look at the NY Yankees, they are still champs even though they always play chumps.

the cornerstone is the BCS money and the TV money, all else is 2ndary.

patrick_raftery 12 years, 1 month ago

The B10 will expand past 12 to remain in equalibrium to the Pac-10 ... You can BET on that. KU would be a GREAT addition to the B10 ... Midwestern schools belong in Midwestern Conferences. KU Leadership know this and THAT is why they have been tight lipped as to their plans - no need to repeat the mistakes of toothless, mouthbreathing, dingbats in Columbia.

KU to Big 10(12) ...

Mkultra 12 years, 1 month ago

Jaybate there will not be a chance ANY team from a major conference will want to leave for a gutted Big XII ! That is just as dumb as thinking Kansas should join the Mountain West!

waywardJay 12 years, 1 month ago


Let's inventory ourselves a little bit.

Northern Iowa, Michigan State, Bradley/ Memphis ( came the closest ),UCLA,Bradley, BUcknell and Georgia Tech.

Those are the teams that have ended our season during the Self Era. I know, I know. You gotta be thinking to yourself. Michigan State,UCLA and Georgia tech right. They were power house teams that overmatched us.

Nope, it's the little ones that cause us trouble. We prpare for the battleships and get sunk by the little bitty, tugboats.

We beat Duke and Arizona in roy's last year only to get beaten by Syracuse's Freshman.... Juggernaut yes, but much more mid-major like. Streaky Erratic and gimmicky.

Maryland got us in 2002. Seem to remember Rhode Island got us. SO did Utep. So did Purdue's Glenn RObinson show.

My point is, Kansas State, Mizzou and Kansas as they currently represent are by far enough to house an elite basketball league. UNLV Utah and BYU would be good additions also, there might also by some offers on the table for basketball like Wichita State and Creighton. Possibly Memphis. Regional teams that will solidify whatever "weaknesses" the MWC would have.

If Self left KU because it was no longer in the confernece what does that say about Self ??? He's only at KU because he's in a big time conference.... That's not the coach we want, and I don't believe that's the coach we have. Maybe that's why Lew left, but I don't see Bill leaving like that.

On the other hand, Adding Boise, TCU, Utah ( if Utah does decide to buy into the cellar of the PacXX ) and fresno state could make our FOotball ocnference the unheralded conference of the future. keep in mind, BCS has done everything it can to keep these kids from Dancing against the florida's and USC's of the world. Imagine if we opened the door and let them into the Party.

I'm totally sold on the MWC- Big 12 Merger. I would like to see a couple more Basketball schools added, but I LOVE the IDEA.

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

wayweird while you are right if this is our only option it's not a bad creation however jnation won't see it yet...

waywardJay 12 years, 1 month ago

Big east will cost us extensive in travel likewise the pac 10 big 10 or Sec.....

This at least markets US as a conference Heavyweight which we were not getting while there was a texas underneath us, even as a basketball conference.

This is a great step for marketing our Brand.

In football, Turner Gill's team unity and Speed.

In Basketball, History. Knowledge. Power. and most of all Championships.

I wouldn't trade beoming a potential Powerhouse in our own conference for being the slums of the Pac-XX otherwise.

It's time to do this on our own people.

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

waywayjay- I'm with you, albeit we're minority... heck I don't have a vote, so we'll allow Lew to play it out. Being one of the king dawgs in the revamped B12 combo with mtn. west on surface seems weak, yet given the options, it actually be okay, especially with BCS funds and parity and no TEXAS bully- 27 million people live in texas and that leaves 9 million of them that can stomach the horns. That's worth a few rating points for TV contracts. TCU Houston SMU - delivers two of top ten markets nationally.

David Lara 12 years, 1 month ago

Well said. Bill's not leaving while the entire landscape of college conferences is constantly on the verge of change and that's where it is and will be for at least a few years. Conferences are going to realign more than once before all is said and done and then you have reactions, and reactions to reactions, and power struggles resulting... This all could take quite a while and Coach Self is smart enough to put off jumping out of the frying pan until the fire is put out.

utahjayhawk 12 years, 1 month ago

You and I must see this whole fiasco very differently. KU, KSU and MU are your anchor schools for a "premiere" bball league........are you completely kidding me??? Don't let the recent two years of moderate success by KU and MU fool you. They are not regarded nationally as bball powers and never will be in the upper echelon (UNC, Duke, KU, UK, etc).

We must not allow any scenario to tarnish the overall image of KU (much more than basketball actually) and this half-baked Big XII/MWC merger/buyout would do just that.

100 12 years, 1 month ago


Bad idea.

Actually a good idea.

But bad timing.

It's 2010.

The Pac 10 fanbase wants us.

We would have 6 original big 12 members (the Pac 16 east).

Plus Arizona and Arizona State to complete the Pac 16 east.

Believe it or not, in football, we would rarely travel big distances really, we'd play only two teams from the Pac 16 west a year. One of them would travel to Lawrence.

In basketball, we would make four away games to take on the Pac 16 west. The other four Pac 16 west games would be in Lawrence. And seven PAC 16 games against the East.

I agree with Jaybate in terms of the timezone argument, but hearing the fans talk out here (I'm still in LA for a few more days), they really want KU very much over A&M.

So in many ways the SEC would do great things for us, timewise, and financially speaking....

But if the Pac 10 offers us a spot, we should take it and keep our basketball rivalry with Texas alive and keep on growing our football ceiling with Turner Gill athletes he's recruiting (speed is what wins and he's getting it). The SEC is chatting about us but I don't get the feeling they'll offer by Tuesday.

KU08 12 years, 1 month ago

Perfectly written. While the MWC-Big 12 merger is a good idea (sort of but not really), the prize is the Pac 16.

utahjayhawk 12 years, 1 month ago

Exactly. The Pac 16 is the prize. I would take a Big East invite over this Big 12/MWC merger.

I live directly in the middle of MWC country (SLC). I know the mediocrity it brings, outside of some recent success in football. Big fish in a very little pond.

Rammie 12 years, 1 month ago

If you are such a big fish why are you being left out in the cold??

angelfan61 12 years, 1 month ago

All in all, I have no big issues with long as we add Houston as the 16th team and that Bozo Beebe is asked to find other employment

rockyhawk10 12 years, 1 month ago

I like this idea a lot! Merge with the MWC. Add SMU for the Dallas market. Rename the leage Big West.

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

+1 on Big West

One thing that hasn't been mentioned is how this scenario changes if A&M gets the nod to the SEC. Depending on who you believe I read more reports about Utah getting the nod over KU to the PAC. That means we absorb 9 teams from the MWC not 10. Meaning we needed 2 more teams.

So who would be that 2nd team from another conference besides Houston? Memphis? (my hope) or SMU?

And would TCU be able to live being with Baylor?

KU08 12 years, 1 month ago

jchief, maybe the 2nd team would be A&M. Some reports (out of a billion) suggest the SEC does not want A&M without Texas or Oklahoma. It would not surprise me to see the SEC to the same thing to A&M that the Big Ten did to Mizzou.

KU08 12 years, 1 month ago

"SEC to the same" = "SEC do the same".

David Hewitt 12 years, 1 month ago

There's already a Big West: UC Irvine UC Riverside UC Santa Barbara UC Davis CSU Fullerton CSU Northridge Long Beach State Cal Poly Pacific

They don't play football, but they're not likely to give up the name.

1977kufan 12 years, 1 month ago

IHOHMAN3, Thank you for your post, but you need to pay more attention to what's going on in the re-alignment decisions and in history. Coach Self is from Oklahoma State. Now several ifs come in to play. If Oklahoma State decides to go to the Pac-10 (pretty good chance of this) and if we (the University of Kansas) are relegated to a non-BCS conference (fairly low chance, but possible) and if Coach Self decides to leave, T Boone Pickens (who has already presented a substantial offer for Coach Self to return to his alma mater) will be splashing oil money far greater than any offer from MSU. The other if in this is Tom Izzo going to the Cleveland Cavaliers. I am not from the Lansing/East Lansing area, but my intuition is that Coach Izzo is too sharp of an individual to have any desire to address and deal with the manipulation and egos that are present in the NBA. So let's see for Coach Self, would he return to the Stillwater area with a very large sum of money and his alma mater or would he go to the East Lansing area with a lesser sum of money. I certainly have nothing against MSU or East Lansing (super great University in an equally great college town), but I will let you think about this and you make the decision. Which would you do???

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

we can go get our own oil money off gulf coast, 36 k barrels a day just for askin'.

TenaciousD 12 years, 1 month ago

Definebordom - Nice post. Thanks for posting that re: the MWC so I didn't have too. I was thinking the exact same things regarding KSA's post.

Martin Rosenblum 12 years, 1 month ago

What if..............

Or, What if...........

But, What if............

Then again, What if..........

Unless any of us is secretly on the Borad of Regents or holds political office or is an authorized agent for any of the universities or conferences, we're just playing mental masturbation here. My life has enough stress in it already. I'm taking my ususal "If you can't personally change something, don't spend time worrying about it - it's displaced negative energy"

We'll learn of the final plans when they are officially announced, sometime in the next 1-2 weeks. Until then I'm not risking going blind!

Jeff Kilgore 12 years, 1 month ago

You are addicted to the sports talk. It's become all-consuming. It's what you think of day and night. You cannot stop yourself until the realignment is over. I know you because I am you! I will not stop until we know where we're going to be.

At this point, MW doesn't bother me at all. With Self hopefully or without Self, we have a strong tradition, and besides we'll improve in football. There are some very interesting locales on road trips in the MW, that's for sure. Much better than Stillwater, Waco, or Lubbock!

Gil Ek 12 years, 1 month ago

Still torn, Pac-10 (East) would be very good. Big Mountain West 12 could become very cool in a few years, then still think joining a Big-10 (west) Nebraska, KU, Iowa, MN, WI, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue would be great geographically. Still unbdecided. Probably vote Pac-10 for Big-12 South and UCLA basketball sched's

shimjhawk2002 12 years, 1 month ago

OK let's be realistic........Big 10 not happening......ACC not happening.......SEC doubt it.......Pac 10 maybe but looking like a long shot. I think that the remaining leftover schools had the conference call yesterday and said let's stick together in this......So I think we are looking at either a move of the leftover 5 to the Big East or meging with the MWC.

This blog seems that the Big East would be very interested but waiting for the implosion to happen.

Ryan Richey 12 years, 1 month ago

Any chance the Big XII members left could hand pick the MWC schools they want??? Pick Utah, TCU, UNLV, BYU, Colorado State, Boise State Then go after Memphis, Houston, Fresno State...maybe try to pull a Louisville, Cincinati or Arkansas.

Also...any chance of putting together the best 12 "leftover" schools for football and basketball for football season. Then add Gonzaga, Marquette, Butler, DePaul or a MVC school to make a 16 team basketball conference. Basketball conference would be stronger and keep Bill Self happy.

Sounds kinda crazy but I think it might be a good idea...

Ryan Richey 12 years, 1 month ago

I would want New Mexico too. Pretty much just drop Air Force, San Diego State and Wyoming.

Andy Tweedy 12 years, 1 month ago

Don't drop Wyoming. Laramie is a beautiful destination for a road trip!

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

Beebe would be willing to oversee one of the 16-team power conferences he’s lobbied.

If General Custer had survived I doubt McCellan would have put him in charge of the dakota clean up efforts. BEEBEE dishonorable discharge.

I knew after I saw Matrix, 13th Floor and Momento a few years ago that reality was about to change for all of us.

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

Late breaking news: the remnants of the Big XII don't look so bad and then why not add ATM. They get to stay w.out big brother. sweet.

kcowan30 12 years, 1 month ago

What happened to the talk of wherever KU goes it has to take along its little sister K-State?

Jacobpaul81 12 years, 1 month ago

the Ideal situation in my HUMBLE opinion is:

KU, KSU, ISU, MU, OSU and OU stay together.

Louisville, Cincinnati, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh join them.

A Ten team conference with the market share in Kansas, Oklahoma, Southern Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Northern Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania would be huge. There's no Big Ten to compete with. I live in Central Indiana and all I get is Big East sports. Apart from Notre Dame, there isn't a Big East school in Indiana. If we could pick those 4 public universities (all with great football and basketball programs) up, there's absolutely no reason to go west.

Jacobpaul81 12 years, 1 month ago

Someone questioned me about none of those being a top 15 market in another thread... Um, no, no top 15 markets. But there are 13 markets in the top 75 guaranteed: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City, Wichita, Dayton, Columbus, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Springfield and Des Moines. Toledo and Omaha are also likely in that grouping. That was the great part of Nebraska moving to the Big Ten. The Big XII could still hold their tv market because the Big Ten Network won't affect contracts with ESPN, CBS, etc!

OldOldHawk 12 years, 1 month ago

Big XII remainder absorbing the MWC. Hmmm. What a novel idea. Anybody been reading my posts the last four days?

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

Haha I feel the same way. KSA grilled me over for it. He doesn't see the value in absorbing a strong football conference which recently added Boise State. I don't know about you guys but I will love watching KU in a BCS Big West conference where football will be really competitive and basketball the same way. New Mexico, BYU etc will be good additions to likes of KU, KSU and MU .. and Baylor. But we should do the same thing we did in the Big 12 - run the table.

KU football will benefit from such a deal. Now if only we could nab Memphis if Utah goes to the PAC along with Houston.

David Wanamaker 12 years, 1 month ago

Two words: TV REVENUE

That's why you don't do that.

Then there's this little matter of Bill Self. Think he's gonna be satisfied playing Boise State, Air Force, Wyoming, Colorado State and San Diego State every year? Think top-flight recruits are gonna join on Bill Self's squad to play in that conference?

Joining with the Mountain West teams in any way, merger or absorption or joining, will kill KU basketball.

David Wanamaker 12 years, 1 month ago

"Should A&M head to the SEC, that would leave Kansas in an interesting position of whether to pursue becoming the 16th school in the Pac-10 or to stick with the potential Big 12/Mountain West merger that seems to be gaining momentum."

If KU has the opportunity to join the Pac -- big if right now, sure -- and passes it up to stay with K-State, MU, ISU and Baylor to absorb the MWC, then Gray-Little and Perkins should be fired for gross incompetence. And I would advocate resurrecting Quantrill from the grave to lead a raid on Lawrence to burn down the chancellor's mansion and the Parrot Athletic Center.

OldOldHawk 12 years, 1 month ago

I've never said KU should turn down a place in the Pacific Conference. Just that if something did not come along, the MWC merger would be a good idea.

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

Yeah I agree with you 100% - because I don't think people on here realize that the momentum changed last night where most outfits thought that Utah was the #2 on the PAC's list. And when its about football I could understand why. So I think PAC is just not gonna happen. Now with Utah gone that leaves only 9 MWC teams so maybe we'd nab 2nd Conf USA team such as Memphis. or go for another Texas market.

Ryan Richey 12 years, 1 month ago

Kansas Missouri K-State Iowa State TCU Houston Memphis UNLV Utah Boise State BYU Colorado State New Mexico

Try like crazy to get: Louisville - Better fit than Big East Cincinnati - Better fit than Big East Arkansas - Convince them they could be football king of this conference

Consider adding to strengthen basketball and add new markets: Marquette Gonzaga DePaul Butler

I'm a huge fan of this!!! I think this is BCS level in football and REALLY strong in basketball. I think this would be a perfect fit for KU. Assuming Lew could do some work and convince these other schools to jump on board.

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

What about Baylor? I think Baylor is 1 of the 5 remaining don't you think??

KU08 12 years, 1 month ago

So why is Baylor getting the finger on everyone's scenario. Is it the TCU animosity thing?

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

Yeah but TCU will get over it. You can bet we wouldn't leave Baylor behind.

Freedman Moor 12 years, 1 month ago

The issue is money. The SEC schools make more, so Arkansas isn't going anywhere. As far as adding teams two time zones away goes, it defeats the purpose of adding new markets if no one wants to stay up and watch the games.

gongs4ku 12 years, 1 month ago

MWC is a scrub conference, especially in basketball. KU is an elite basketball school. Big East is the best basketball conference out there. So, uh, hello?

To me, the Big East is by far the most attractive option available, but partly this is because I live east of KU and would rarely go to see them play if they joined the Pac-??. Also, most of their schools are two time zones west--many of us will be asleep before the ends of basketball games. Not appealing.

Big East or bust!

OldOldHawk 12 years, 1 month ago

So, the Big East fans will want to stay up late to watch games in the Western Division, but we will not stay up to watch KU play in the MWC? Why should they want to stay up late if we don't?

gongs4ku 12 years, 1 month ago

I'm sorry, my post wasn't as clear as it should have been.

My argument against the MWC: they are not very impressive sports schools and it lowers the profile of KU to be in a conference with them.

Against the pac ten: many games will be two hours later for those in the central time zone. For people with work and kids, that's a long time.

The mountain time zone is only one hour different, and probably not a big deal from a time perspective. Rather, I object to the schools comprising the MWC.

shimjhawk2002 12 years, 1 month ago

Why would anyone want to drop their more stable conferences to join the Big XII castaways? Now if it is pitched as a merger then it would make sense for MWC, but I really don't see teams excited to join a bunch of leftovers, so don't think we'll go raid conferences for pieces that benefit us. We will get the unwanted members of their conference too. Also, if this MWC and Big XII merger happens, the 16th member will be Memphis, because the CEO of Fedex (Memphis alumni) has pleged a bunch of money for a BCS conference that will include Memphis. In fact, with his money I wouldn't be surprised if this scenario becomes the front runner. Seems to make too much sense. Gives Big XII leftovers a conference. Gives MWC a BCS bid they desire. Gives Memphis a new home plus brings the conference money they will desparately need to compete with all these huge power conferences. Gives the conference its own network. Not sure how many people know this but the MWC has a cable network channel already. In fact I think their network what was inspired the Big 10 network is what I've heard.

With all that said, I still hold out hope for a Big East invitation because I think it would provide more exposure to our basketball program. But I'm afraid that the MWC option is probably what will happen.

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

This is the best scenario I can think of and a great one if we don't get into the PAC 10 as the #3 choice behind A&M and Utah. But it would be great to watch both football and basketball under the Big West BCS conference.

Kansas Kansas State Missouri Boise State Memphis TCU Houston Baylor New Mexico BYU UNLV
San Diego State Iowa State Colorado State
Wyoming Air Force

Sounds great!

Steve Brown 12 years, 1 month ago

let MU in for only 1/2 share the first decade as they let the killer bees onto this hemisphere and imploded us all with bird flu virus.

jayhawkintexas 12 years, 1 month ago

If the Big 12 is history and a 16 team conference is created, does Phillips 66 then change it's name to Phillips 88 and sponsor the broadcasts??? Seriously though, living in Texas I would hope KU goes to the Pac 10 if Texas jumps because then we could continue watching the games either on the TV or in person. If the remaining 5 merge with the MWC, we have to rely the games being broadcast on the internet and those may be few and far between.

CaramelMacchMan 12 years, 1 month ago

My latest intell tell me that KU is going to be in SEC. And I really trust this source. Something going on behind doors? Maybe!!!

Jeff Coffman 12 years, 1 month ago

I agree.

They have football, they want basketball built up.

Adding TA&M and KU to Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida, starts boosting their creds in this area.

To have arguably 2 of the best 5 basketball teams in one conference would be huge (KU and UK).

CaramelMacchMan 12 years, 1 month ago

MWC???? are you freaking kidding me? I would go on hunger strike if that happens.

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

SEC ain't happening. KU wouldn't mind but apparently the SEC does... they are a football oriented conference to say the least.

KU08 12 years, 1 month ago

John Calipari, Bruce Pearl, and Billy Donovan might beg to differ.

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

Their leadership obviously wants to add football schools - hence the A&M, Texas, OU stuff. And not KU...

Jack Wilson 12 years, 1 month ago

Too bad we had an off year in football in 2009 .. if we had won the North and Mangino was here, someone might actually believe we could play the game.

buckleyhawk 12 years, 1 month ago

Between the flooding and this story and this message board, I am now depressed. I can't believe there are people who thinks KU in the MWC is a good idea. They are mid-majors! It becomes a very, very, very one-sided agreement, where we are giving all. I don't want to be a big fish in a small pond. There is nothing about it that sounds appealing whatsoever. I think that even the PAC-whatever is a half-step down (but is much less worse than the 3 steps down that would be the joining forces with MWC).

KU08 12 years, 1 month ago

It still surprises me how little influence basketball has on this whole conference realignment debacle. I think the basketball coaches need to ban up and lobby their schools to make a move that benefits basketball. Maybe Self could call up his old friend John Calipari, the most popular person in Kentucky, and get him to lobby Kentucky to demand KU added to the SEC. (That would be so funny if Calipari saved KU from mid-major status.) I'm serious. The basketball coaches need to work together to make sure their respective conferences make a commitment to basketball.

My favorite outcome is still joining the Big 10ish due to geographical sensibility, exposure to me (live in Iowa), and I think Mizzou will eventually be offered by the Big Ten but maybe not this year. The Pac 16 would be a nice fall-back, but I love the idea of twice per year games of KU vs. UK in the SEC. That would generate more excitement than UNC-Duke (it would - everyone not in North Carolina is sick of the unwarranted prestige). The Big Mountain West is our safe option, but one that makes me a little queezy.

rockemchalkemrobots 12 years, 1 month ago

I like the idea as a the only option that does not involve hoping, praying, and begging for another league to see our value. On top of this "make the most of a bad situation" strategy, it would give the Big 12 survivors the ability to move the HQ back to KC and host many events there as well. The buyout money could be used to subsidize cable and satellite provides who pick up the new network.

Martin Rosenblum 12 years, 1 month ago

Did anybody else find this part of the article a little demeaning?

"..Instead of the MWC taking the Big 12’s castaways — Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Iowa State and Baylor — the Big 12 could absorb all 10 members of the Mountain West, including newly acquired Boise "

Castaways- we're now castaways?

Excue me, but, these teams are the holdouts, core, nucleus - not castaways!!!

KU08 12 years, 1 month ago

Right, we're making a principled stand. Where are we standing? On a desert island waiting to be rescued.

Martin Rosenblum 12 years, 1 month ago

I hope you're being sarcastic.

The University of Kansas doesn't need to be "rescued" by anybody.

If basketball were the preferred sport rather than football, there could be a major conference assembled from schools like KU where footballl programs are just mediocre. In that conference, KU would be the flagship school with the tradition etc.

KU08 12 years, 1 month ago

It was just a joke, and I actually thought you were joking, because some of those leftover schools have no choice but to hold out (ISU, KSU, Baylor). Any conference that gets KU will benefit just as much if not more than KU does in joining.

Martin Rosenblum 12 years, 1 month ago

KU08- Right on about the beneficiary of KU's alliance!

John Randall 12 years, 1 month ago

Au contraire, mon frere . . .

KU needs a lifeline to somewhere with enough population to sustain the money influx. We have some great talking points, but how many residents or loyal alumni (compared to, say, ND)?

Just being admirable doesn't make us Self-sufficient.

Freedman Moor 12 years, 1 month ago

Unfortunately, your position is contrary to the facts. Its a reason why KU, KSU, ISU, and Baylor haven't been mentioned as targets as often as they've been listed as left-overs. No one wants us. Its sad but true.

KU08 12 years, 1 month ago

Here's another nightmare scenario (for me at least): A&M says no to the PAC 1X, the PAC then intends to offer KU, but Texas steps in the way and demands Baylor. The reason Baylor is left out of PAC expansion talks in the first place is that Colorado already had an invitation and jumped at it to avoid getting the shaft. I would not put it past Texas to do that.

Spencer Goff 12 years, 1 month ago

Baylor is pretty much boned.

The Pac 10 will never open their doors to a religious based school. They require a 100% approval to extend invites, and Stanford and Cal are never going to let that happen. BYU can attest to this.

Baylor will also likely be left out of any MWC scenario, because for whatever reason TCU does NOT want in their conference.

Anybody know why two in-state religious schools might not want to end up in the same conference? Odd, just odd.

sbucks 12 years, 1 month ago

Forget the SEC, does anybody think Kentucky is going to vote to invite us to their league ? They would be taking the chance of losing once or twice a year to us and they ain't going to go for that, we are to close to them in wins. I like the idea of B12 absorbing the MW, with Boise St. and remaining 5 B12 schools that makes 16. We also retain BCS invite.

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

No MW with Boise and 5 remaining equals 15 schools - not 16. 10 + 5. MWC was 9 before adding Boise State.

KU08 12 years, 1 month ago

I would gladly sacrifice one possible win a year to have a home and away series with UK every year. Those would be the biggest games of the year and finally put Kansas at a national level beyond our wildest dreams.

Jake Waddle 12 years, 1 month ago

I don't see why we couldn't just add 2 teams and keep the BIG XII. Say TCU (who has been better than nebraska in football, baseball, and would enter as a celar dweller for basketball just like nebraska) and then also plucking Memphis from CUSA. Getting them for Colorado would be a great deal! This way the Big XII still exists and we get stronger teams then we had b4!

utahjayhawk 12 years, 1 month ago

Yes! This was a very comprehensive writeup of all relevant factors. This Chip Brown dude has been very strong through this ordeal.

Code_2008 12 years, 1 month ago

I still think the MWC is the way to go... it'll help our football game tremendously, and although our basketball will suffer slightly, the season is already watered down anyways... all that matters is the Post-season Tournaments. Besides, Memphis was able to do fine in the C-USA, there should be no reason we can't do well in the MWC.

Besides, it should help with our Women's Basketball program as well (sad to say, going to a weaker conference should help them win a few more games, to get equal footing, and start to build from there.

Matt, how does this conference alignment affect our other sports? You know... like Women's Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, etc.?

Matt Tait 12 years, 1 month ago

There has been talk that some of those sports - especially the Olympic sports - may not really follow the conference alignment because of the high cost of travel. If that's the case, they'd likely just play regionally (as they do now) and do their best to fit in as many "conference" opponents as they could throughout their seasons.

That's the one part of this realignment that really stings. It's completely about money and football, disregarding, hoops, fans and minor sports.

Sad that amateur athletics has come to this...

gchawk 12 years, 1 month ago

Agreed. To dispute the infamous words of Gordon Gecko, "Greed is not good"! Always appreciate your input, Matt, you're one of few reporters who opinion really matters to me.

William Weissbeck 12 years, 1 month ago

To quote the indicted former Illinois governor, "this thing is gold, we aren't going to give it away for nothing." We have the BCS slot, we need to market it. Dare whoever runs the decision to award a BCS slot to take it away in a year. Although I have a nasty hunch that the whole BCS might be done away with very shortly if the super conferences come to pass. I can see a scenario where the supers conspire to guarantee big bowl slots for their champions and their runner ups.

Scott Smetana 12 years, 1 month ago

You MWC fans are silly. Do you even know the teams? Air Force, Colorado St., and Wyoming would have troubles beating Olathe East in Football or Basketball. Winning the league in Basketball means nothing and in football would mean little more.

  1. Keep Big 12 Alive, Add Memphis and TCU and ?
  2. Pac 16 or 20
  3. SEC

Anything else is a HUGE disappointment. period.

OldOldHawk 12 years, 1 month ago

I'd love any of the scenaria you propose. Everybody prefers those to a MWC deal (of course we know who is in the MWC). And what if your ideas don't come to fruition? What then? .

Scott Smetana 12 years, 1 month ago

My point is... I wish those above would stop talking about the MWC merger as a good thing. We need to push hard for my 3 options!!

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

New development:

Three different sources at Big 12 South schools being targeted by the Pac-10 told Sunday morning that Dan Beebe's attempts to secure a new TV deal on par with the SEC's $17 million/school payout for the 10 remaining schools in the Big 12 is in play.


1jhawk2 12 years, 1 month ago

This would be awesome! I haven't looked up what PAC 10 revenue sharing would bring to each school, but if this has Texas willing to listen, it must be enough. It's amazing they can create a Texas Network and still bring in $3-$5 mil a year.

As far as moving to other conferences to help recruiting, all we have to do is work to schedule a home and home or plan on tournaments in those areas we want to recruit. Schedule bigger name schools that will draw prime time appearances.

Osagehawk 12 years, 1 month ago

With all this hashing about developing a conference with KU involved, I haven't seen much said about the money issue. I don't see how we can continue to compete without BCS and TV money. Haven't most of you seen the difference among the Big 12, SEC, Big 10, and MWC money. Just the SEC ($200M), Big 12 ($139M), and the MWC ($24M), would make an incredible difference. I would think we would have to cut drastically in many sports just to survive, let alone prosper. I can't believe anyone would suggest becoming independent. We have no national following, therefore no TV money.

Andrew Moore 12 years, 1 month ago

I think that if there is a mass exodus the new conference would be

Kansas, KSU, MU,ISU,Baylor + Mountain West +memphis/houston

16 teams total

Continue to fly the big 12 flag so that the other schools have to pay out the penalty for leaving the conference and then we use that money to add members. I personally would like to see us pluck schools like boise, tcu, utah, byu, houston, new mexico and memphis and stick with only twelve schools. I think that the 16 team deal is more likely though. This should also help us maintain BCS status because KU, Utah, TCU, and Boise have all recently been in and won BCS bowls

JhawkinIL 12 years, 1 month ago

The Mountain West conference / Big 12 merger scenario is not as bad as a lot of people think. Yes, there are some schools that are not as competitive, but there are NO conferences that don't have at least a couple/few schools in the same boat. Granted, KU, KSU, ISU, Baylor and MU are not exactly football powers the same way Texas and OK are, but they are not exactly bottom dwellers either. If they were added to the current MWC membership--which especially for football is no slouch either--the value of that conference regardless of its name would definitely go up. That conference would also have additional television markets (especially KC/StL) so more $$ could come in for tv markets, so I wouldn't be so quick to label a merger with the MW such a disgrace/embarassment whatever. The addiitonal of whatever current Big 12 schools can elevate the conference. Besides, for recruiting, Texas is still there and oh, that little state of California is now open.

How a conference is percieved is not a static thing, it can change based on its competitiveness and member schools.

jhokfan 12 years, 1 month ago

Join the MWC and it's only a matter of time before it gets raided. Hold out for a BCS conference. It will happen. Patience.

Trey Hohman 12 years, 1 month ago


That's fine. Coach Self would go to OSU or he goes to NBA.

Bigger issue at stake: Either way, he's gone very soon if this MWC/Big 12 merger happens. And last I read, Izzo is still considering Cavs. If he wasn't interested in the Cavs he wouldn't make statements like this.

Matter of fact: I'm actually thinking if Izzo turns down Cavs job & Lebron comes back to Cavs & Big 12/MWC happens, Self may bolt for the Cavs.

Nevertheless, if Izzo goes -- MSU would go after Bill very hard is all I'm suggesting, as would a bunch of other schools/NBA teams & I think he would quickly start considering every option if MWC/Big 12 merger happens -- which would go down as potentially the single worst merger since AOL/Time Warner & the single worst idea since those idiots invented New Coke.

jchief40 12 years, 1 month ago

Wow what are you smokin dude? Have you paid any attention to whats going on?

Freedman Moor 12 years, 1 month ago

Understanding that my two cents means absolutely nothing, strangely, I feel compelled to share it anyway. I have an idea for a new conference.

Keep: Baylor, ISU, KSU, KU, MU*, OU, and OSU

Fight like hell to keep the state of Oklahoma. OU, (IMO) is a much bigger loss to the league than Texas. OU has done much more with less. OU is the school that has really dominated the Big XII in football and has a budding superstar as a basketball coach. Oklahoma State, the Wisconsin of the Big XII (or perhaps WI is the OSU of the big ten), OSU is always respectable in bball and football, even if their record doesn't indicate it.

Add: HOUSTON: Sleeping giant in basketball; burgeoning power in football LOUISVILLE: On-again-off-again football relevance; Historically relevant in bball; Has expressed interest in being apart of a BCS conference MEMPHIS: Fedex financed; Wants into a BCS conference; Power player in bball recruiting; recent success (albeit modest) in football, although they need to improve their facilities.

Cut ties with: Texas: The object of power is power. Texas' presence is clearly a detriment to the rest of the league. Texas A&M: A&M is to UT what Jersey is to New York. NY takes from Jersey and Jersey just takes it. No chance of prying A&M tongue from the UT hind parts, so let them walk. Texas Tech: Tech won't be the same without Leach. They may be better, but more than two TX schools is clearly a recipe for disaster.

Consider one or two of the following: Excommunicate MU: MU's infidelity, dignifying the big ten's overtures rather than rebuffing them out right, gave credence to the notion that the Big XII was for sale. Now that they realize that they've been USED, rub salt in their wounds by banishing them to The Valley.
Add Tulsa: Respectable in Bball; work in progress in football Add TCU: If you have to have another Texas school, why not TCU. An automatic BCS berth may be all TCU needs to hang on to the coaching that's brought them to national prominence. Add SMU: If you have to have another Texas school, why not SMU. They have a humongous budget and they are hell-bent on returning to prominence. Add New Mexico: B-ball teams wins 30 games as soon as JR Giddens takes off (Wow!). That's another story though. Population shifts favor considering NM.

Ultimately, this conference's theme would be potential. There's a good mix of power players and up-and-comers in both basketball and football.

SoCalAlum 12 years, 1 month ago

Although I like the aTm as Jersey analogy...

Jeff Capel as "a budding superstar as a basketball coach" ???

Freedman Moor 12 years, 1 month ago

Pardon my nationalistic approach at defending what is left of my home conference. If it looked like A&M was staying, I'd tell you that Turg was a budding superstar.

dmg97102 12 years, 1 month ago

FedEx's CEO is rumored to be willing to pay a conference $10mil per year for 10 years for Memphis to join a BCS conference. They're not sponsoring the Orange Bowl anymore, and he has some money to burn, and his son is the QB for Memphis. No way the SEC is going to take Memphis and make Calipari and Kenthuggy travel there once a year, because UK is the only big ticket for SEC b-ball. If Big 12/MWC conference had KU, K-State, Memphis, Baylor, New Mexico, then basketball would have 4-5 tourney teams guaranteed each year. BYU was no slouch last year, and Houston's starting to regain some prominence. Plus, the Big East likely dissolves soon, and Marquette (Milwaukee), Louisville, Cincinnati and Depaul (Chicago) might need places to land as well. There's plenty of choices for basketball to go around soon, and we'll play in Chicago/Milwaukee, Houston, Dallas/Ft Worth, Salt Lake, Vegas, California markets for recruiting

The bad thing is, if the Big 10, Pac 10, ACC, and SEC see a 5th 16 team superconference forming (the Big 12/MWC merger), then are they going to poach some teams to prevent it? The Pac 10 thinks they're going to get 2 BCS bids if they add the South teams, but if the Big 12 keeps it's BCS bid, then they won't get that. That would leave 16 teams vying for 1 BCS bid in the Pac. To keep that from happening, they're going to try to destroy the Big 12/MWC merger. That means taking Utah or us (Probably us, because Stanford is actually pushing hard for us right now over Texas Tech)

The other thing you have to worry about is MU's intentions. Nobody should trust MU, because they're still holding out hope the Big 10 offers them a spot once the dominoes start falling--according to a few MU alums I've talked to. If this new Big 12/MWC conference gets wings, they should definitely make the buy out for a school to leave something like $50 million, that the conference that steals them would have to pay (and if the conference that steals them doesn't agree to pay the buyout, then it would be up to the school).

Jack Wilson 12 years, 1 month ago

One major consideration is that Big East football is dead. Everyone knows the Big Ten is after Syracuse and Rutgers.

Three big adds to the Big 12 .. Louisville and Cincinnati from the Big East, and Memphis from C-USA.

I really think in any merger deal, adding those three would keep great credibility, maintain what is important to KU most .. basketball schedule credibility. That will maintain our recruiting, and that is all that matters.

William Daniels 12 years, 1 month ago

I hate this and I cannot wait until another front page story displaces it. MWC->Big 12 is desperate and ridiculous.

sjwilson 12 years, 1 month ago

Okay for football. Step down for basketball. Massive step down for academics (and there's money and prestige at play here too, folks).

This should be a last resort. If getting into the Big 10 or Pac 10 is a possibility (and who knows?) we should pursue those first. Or a re-constituted, viable Big East. We would not be a cultural fit for the SEC, nor is it to our academic standards (only Vandy and Florida are AAU schools). Football may be driving this train, but our interests are not just with football, but with the fit realignment gives us in basketball and academics.

Trey Hohman 12 years, 1 month ago

If KU football wants to join up w' MWC, fine, but do it alone. I suggest if the PAC 10 merger does not happen; keep the b-ball team independent from football program & let KU-b-ball go to the best situation, separately…..KU basketball could hypothetically go alone as an independent (Like ND Football) – NBC/ESPN/ABC/CBS would sign up instantly for exclusive rights to broadcast all of its games, nationally. Meanwhile, KU football couldn’t get my 67 year old dad to record its game for his personal home movie collection….. I’m not saying it’s the “best” option – but it is just one out of countless examples of how KU basketball could still thrive....And in the end, if it comes down to saving only KU basketball, then that is exactly what KU Athletics should do; because if we are going to be lead by our football program to make this decision, it will effectively ruin both sports.

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bocktar 12 years, 1 month ago

Let's go for the gold!

Beebee's New Plan Plus Memphis, Arkansas, and Notre Dame. Show ISU the door. If we're willing to allow UT to build/maintain its own TV network, why not ND? It'll give SEC room to help dismantle Big East. It'll fire a big fat shot across the Big 10 to STFU w/r/t Big XII members.

Beakem77 12 years, 1 month ago


minus the ISU part. ND isn't coming here but memphis Arkansas would sure be nice.

If its all about the benjamins and if beebe can show us and the south teams 17 million why dismantle?

Martin Rosenblum 12 years, 1 month ago

Know what is really a shame here?

The Joe-College store owner would have been able to have made a fortune when the smoke cleared from all of this. Imagine the endless possibilities for t-shirts!

Now that Lew is leaving, maybe Joe-College could reincarnate and morph into a new retail entity.

okiedave 12 years, 1 month ago

I like the merger of the Mtn. West and the Bix XII.

Ft. Collins, Colo. (Colo. St.) would be easy drive great weekend visits as would Colo. Springs (Air Force). The Mtn. West schools are progressing athletically. Colo. St. regularly beats up on Colorado. BYU is regularly in the top 20 and often in the top 10. I could easily see this as a top power conference in 5 to 10 years. Kansas would continue to dominate in Basketball and Missouri and Kansas would be contenders for the conference championship most years. We keep our rivals KSU and MU. I like it.

LogicMan 12 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone know if schools keep their Big 12 voting rights after announcing that they are leaving the conference?

4jhawks4ku 12 years, 1 month ago

Lew Perkins should head the new big 12-16.

Lance Hobson 12 years, 1 month ago

I agree with Jaybate. I've always liked the MWC but that doesn't mean they are in our league, so to speak. This would be a big step down for us, no matter what you call it. We are a basketball school and playing Air Force and Boise State is no good for us.

Nick Cole 12 years, 1 month ago

BOOM! Nailed it. These MWC schools should not even be mentioned in the same sentence as KU.

4jhawks4ku 12 years, 1 month ago

And cut Nebraska out of the big twelve schedules right now along with Colorado. Let them find their own games for this year.

Lance Hobson 12 years, 1 month ago

I agree, we shouldn't play Nebraska or CU this year. At least not on the road.

REED2027 12 years, 1 month ago

I'm liking the idea of merging with the Big East IF the Big 12 gets knocked down to 5 come Tuesday. The Big East makes for a much better association:

The BE schools are tradition rich, very strong in basketball first, decent in football second with a couple that are good, and has academic prestige (Gtown, ND, Villanova). It is also an area HCBS has been recruiting very successfully. Add Memphis to make it 22.

Our five + Louisville, Memphis, ND, Marquette, DePaul and Cincy would be the West division and the rest the East. Only one time zone change too.

no interest whatsoever in the MWC from any perspective. Plus, which game would you rather watch in January when KU isn't playing... Louisville v Memphis or Boise State v UNLV? I would rather mow the lawn, change diapers and drink natty light than watch any of the MWC teams when not playing KU.

And if the Big 12 survives, great. Still add Memphis and one of the other CUSA teams.

Nick Cole 12 years, 1 month ago

Or don't add Memphis, The BE likely loses a couple schools to the ACC/Big Ten/SEC. Just keep it at 16 to 20. KU in the West Division. I like this idea the best of any option. They say the BE will diminish in a few years, but not if it adds some more schools with proven football programs who are committed to the sport. I like our five in there to help this happen. Plus, I'm moving to Tampa and would be able to see KU play at USF it this happened. Bonus for me.

Randy Bombardier 12 years, 1 month ago

AZalum, agree with you that this is being driven by tv markets makes me sick. What makes it so bad is bad information. Why assume that because team X is located in State Y that it has a following. For instance, does Rutgers really have a football following at all? How well do they travel? Why are they not looking at actual Neilsen ratings when a team is playing. I have read in an article or two that Missouri brings the KC market. Really? I care to differ. KU owns that market. I also think that the Chiefs organization and anyone associated with Arrowhead better sit up and start making waves if they ever want to see conference games there again, let alone the Conference Championship game.

That being said, KU would do well in the Big East. Its basketball program would generate even more money and I think the Hawks need to start proclaiming and acting like they are worth something and demand their own network. If Texas can demand it for their football program which is not even as accomplished as OU, surely we can demand it for our Basketball program. I hope that someone grows some and we can tell texas, don't let the door hit you in the backside. The more I think about their cheeky demands the more I bristle and think we should make overtures to NU, A&M and TTech to stay and Texas to leave. Get the h$%% out of Dodge, Cowboy!

John Randall 12 years, 1 month ago

I haven't read all the way through, but each time the Conference Commissioner is mentioned, I expect to see Lew Perkins' name bandied about. Like him or not, the man is a mover and a shaker of the caliber a revamped conference would need in the very worst way.

Chris Bailey 12 years, 1 month ago

I hate to be on the bandwagon for us joining the PAC-10 that being my first choice. I am also in favor of the MWC joining the remaining big-12 teams and making what would be a fairly good conference. I mean lets face it TCU and Boise with BYU and Utah that added with the remaining big12 schools makes for a decent football conference that should get better as time goes on with recruiting once those schools are in a BCS conference. Granted the basketball isn't the best but there are a few schools that are good. Lets face it aside from Missouri and Texas the big12 hasn't been a juggernaut in basketball. Yes they have decent teams. Colorado, Nebraska, Texas Tech, (Texas A&M and Baylor until recently), haven't been good. This could be a good thing. I agree that moving to the Pac-10 is our best option but if we want to keep the cats and tigers with us we have little choice but to merge with the MWC. We would need to play a rough non-conference schedule but we would keep our BCS status. And since this was all about football and revenue I think it's a good idea. That's only my opinion but I am pro-football and Turner Gill too. I want to see our school as a football and basketball power!

Nick Cole 12 years, 1 month ago

If you still want to be a basketball power, get this MWC notion out of your little head. Selby wouldn't be here if he knew he was going to be playing against Air Force and SDSU and Utah in basketball. Not a chance. Sorry bud, but this is not an option if we want our beloved basketball tradition to continue its dominance. I like football, but KU is a basketball school, always will be, so this shouldn't be an option.

bigredmachine 12 years, 1 month ago

All this conference realignment talk ignores several key facts. These are college students who have attend classes, etc.. How can they do that if they are flying from KC to Calif,. Oregon, etc.? FB and Bball might be o.k., but what about all the other sports? Best remaining scenarios for the five remaining B12 schools is probably to stay together and add schools. Offer some from Big East. or offer some from MW, CUSA, etc.. Of the other alternatives, the SEC would be best for MU, KU, but if the SEC wants 16, I can see that KSU and ISU don't fit. If AtM goes, then only one more is needed. What ever happened to tradition, scholastic honor, regional rivalries, etc.?

Andy Tweedy 12 years, 1 month ago

Isn't it something that it appears KU's best bet may be to role the dice with Misery? Not only do I think it's funny they're screwed, but the two schools together have much more appeal.

Andy Tweedy 12 years, 1 month ago

Rivals just reported something about the PAC-10 brass being in KC, which I assume indicates they are talking to KU. AGH!!! Anybody got a Rivals account to read the whole story. I hate feeling like I've been sucked into this soap opera, but I am obsessed with where we will end up. I wish I could just let it play out, but that isn't going to happen!!!

Nick Cole 12 years, 1 month ago

I am sick of people talking about adding these MWC and CUSA teams. They are not teams we should be in a conference with. Try and spin it any way you want to, but they just don't compare to KU, athletically or academically.

First off, KU is one of about 60 schools with the prestigious AAU accreditation. How many of these MWC/CUSA schools have this accreditation? One that I could find (Rice from CUSA). We could be potentially merging with these schools who have much lower academic standards than our current member institutions (which would be pathetic).

And as for athletics, don't think for one second this merger would benefit KU. These MWC schools would look better and attract more recruits compared to what they get now, while KU, KSU, mu, ISU and Baylor would not be getting the kinds of recruits we're used to (especially KU basketball-wise). Also pathetic.

This, in my opinion, should not even be considered by KU officials. Yeah, keeping our rivalries alive would be nice and all, but not at the expense of our prestige (and this is not arrogance talking, its fact). I'm sorry, but if this happens, I will be very disappointed in KU, Grey-Little, and Sweet Lew. No offense to these MWC and CUSA schools, but KU is better than that. Picture this: KU vs. San Diego State University for the Big XII/MWC championship. Or picture this: KU vs. UCLA/USC/Oregon/Stanford/UCONN/Syracuse/Duke/UNC/Kentucky/Tennessee/Vandy/Notre Dame/Any ACC or Big East or Pac-1X team for the insert conference championship. Which sounds better to you? Personally, KU and these MWC/CUSA teams don't even belong in the same sentence. Not even close. I beg you media, please let this notion go. Quit talking about it. The more you talk about it, the more steam it picks up. How about the LJW talks more about the meeting between KU officials and Big East officials in Lawrence the other day? Put some steam behind that rumor. Put us in the ACC. The Pac-1X. The SEC. Heck, the Big Ten. Anything but this B.S. you are talking about.

Martin Rosenblum 12 years, 1 month ago

How about this.......

All conferences are dissolved.

AD's from every D1 school enter an arm-wrestling contest where the final 8 schools get to pick the teams that will be aligned with them in brand new conferences.

The process of selecting those teams will be by those 8 AD's picking names randomly out of a bowl shaped like half of a football helmet and half of a basketball.

The 8 new conferences will form divisions within their teams.

Only teams within each 8 conferences will be allowed to play each other in each sport during a regular season.

At the end of the regular season, which will be vastly different than the status quo, there will be a conference champion who will represent their conference.

Playoffs/postseason tournaments will be held that will pit the 8 conference winners against each other for the eventual national championship.

Every 10 years, a new arm-wrestling contest will be held to re-align the entire country in order to prevent dominance in any one area of athletics and to alllow for AD's to be more accountable for the future of their schools, even though it is by their personal success and physical prowess. After all, aren't these folks "Athletic Directors"?

The NCAA is considering my plan as we speak!

sdtosf 12 years, 1 month ago

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sdtosf 12 years, 1 month ago

SDSU Rocks! 65,000 stadium. Great for conference tourney games when it is freezing in Kansas! Great baseball team with Tony Gwynn as head coach and Steven Strasburg striking out 23 Utah batters in one game. Hoops team ranked top 25 in preseason ESPN poll. Best looking girls in the conference. (Site took dowm my Mission Beach video) Access to Southern California recruiting

3 Party school in the nation (Playboy)

Top school in CSU system. (Largest university system in the world)

Nick Cole 12 years, 1 month ago

I don't care how "awesome" you think SDSU is. Fact is, it is not a school that can compete with KU in the REVENUE sports. That is what matters. They may have hot chicks (so does KU), they may be preseason ranked (so is KU), and the may be able to recruit SoCal (KU can recruit anywhere, at least in BBall), but they simply aren't in the same category as KU is academically, athletically, and perceptually.

Party school - who cares? Size of your stadium - only about 10,000 bigger than KU's (and KU's stadium stinks) Baseball - again, who cares? I wonder how you all would do in the Big XII?

Anything else I can blow holes in for ya?

jaybate 12 years, 1 month ago

Merging, or moving to the Mountain West is the worst path.

KU must do take one of two paths.

  1. Expand the Big 12 east and south no matter how many teams are lost.

  2. Or merge the northern division of the old B12 into the Big East, or ACC.

jaybate 12 years, 1 month ago

Merging, or moving to the Mountain West is the worst path.

KU should take one of two paths.

  1. Expand the Big 12 east and south no matter how many teams are lost.

  2. Or merge the northern division of the old B12 into the Big East, or ACC, or both.

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