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UCLA, USC's move to Big Ten may mean conferences undergo another seismic shift

So these reports about the "Pac 12 expanding," and then they list the targets, and basically every Big 12 school is on their hypothetical list...

How delusional are these idiots? The Pac 12 has zero leverage right now to pull any team away from any of the other four power five conferences. They made the least money with USC and UCLA in the conference, it is not about to get better; the idea that the rest of those teams are going to convince anybody to incur travel costs to add Washington State, Oregon State, or Cal while earning less TV money is laughable.

"Yeah, we'll take less money, and travel to you, piss off all our closest schools that have stuck it out with us, to go have Stanford and Cal tell us how much better they are than us and that we should be grateful they 'saved' us," said nobody, ever.

July 1, 2022 at 11:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

UCLA, USC accepted into Big Ten; moves come as Big 12 is in process of rebuilding

Been saying this forever.... The MOST overrated, overvalued, overblown conference in the United States by far is/was the Pac-12. They were propped up by a high population centered around California, yet nobody seemed to care that of those millions, those fanbases are a thin percent, fickle, and don't care the moment they know they will not win a title. This is not speculation, I lived there, the only team they live and die with starts with "L" and ends with "Akers." Even the Dodgers are a close second place. This move changes nothing of that dynamic.

The next weakest conference? The other "alliance" member, the ACC. Remove current day Clemson, Miami, Florida State and what is that conference, any one of them, and what is that conference exactly? The Big East with football?

It was always real fun for those other fanbases to point at the Big 12 and talk about how "oh they are just going to get left out, because they should, they are nothing." As though being in the Pac 12 arbitrarily made schools like Oregon State or Washington State more "valuable" than Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, etc. Because Oregon's middle pack academics but Phil Knight Sweat Box money made them valuable? Remember when they didn't need to merge, they were too good for us? I hope the final text message Bob Bowlsby sends to George Klaikovinstein is "How does my junk taste now?"

The Big 10 will likely try to pod a system around those two LA garbo schools. So they'll add Colorado (another school with a fanbase that doesn't give a damn, hey coincidence that many of their population moved to the front range from Cali?), and probably Washington (if they go for academic fit/value) or an Arizona school (if they want geographical fit). If they form pods and put those four teams into the same pod, get ready for a mediocre mix of trash performances. USC is the Texas of the West Coast, "it's our conference's fault we aren't winning titles... not our hires, our recruits, our fans.... anything but that!"

There is an outside shot the Big 10 would reach for a school like KU to extend their reach to cover the gap to Colorado. But to be honest, I'll believe it when I see it, and frankly, who cares? Pluck a few more schools into the Big 12, be one of the last three standing when the SEC and Big 10 rob the ACC, and move forward.

And for the "but it's headed for two!" people... Just saying or reading it is headed for two, as opposed to three or four, doesn't make it a reality. Just because Finebaum only cares for 1.5 conferences doesn't mean the rest of the United States feels the same. It could end up being anything from 2-4 power conferences, but in reality, it was NEVER five.

PS: as a side note, I truly hope our business and law schools are using the "Alliance" as a lesson in "handshakes and back rubs don't mean anything, get it in writing." I think we all saw that for the joke it was.

July 1, 2022 at 10:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

NCAA clarifies compensation rules but is crackdown likely?

If I knew the transfer portal combined with NIL was a time bomb, how did Mark Emmert not?

How is it his tenure lasted longer than Myles Brand?

He’ll blame the schools, but if the schools are that against any alleged changes he proposed (be real, he proposed none, he just drew a paycheck and said athletes were amateurs) then why have him/NCAA at all?

This has been a boat at sea with nobody at the helm for over a decade. It took awhile but it finally ran aground.

May 12, 2022 at 6:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

NCAA President Mark Emmert stepping down no later than 2023

Wow, looking like Nike is gonna have to find a new stooge to run their clown show.

April 27, 2022 at 1:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas senior David McCormack not leaning either way as he awaits feedback to make stay-or-go decision

Dave there isn’t a wrong answer to this so focus on the positive. On one hand you can play ball at the next level making good money both at home or abroad. On the other, you stay put and further your education and college experience.

Good luck and have fun no matter what you do.

April 18, 2022 at 1:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Notebook: KU coach Bill Self says he always enjoyed competing against now-former K-State coach Bruce Weber

Every time I wanted to like Weber, his whine and cheese show just killed it for me. There has not been a bigger hypocrite and whiner in this league to date (young Scott Drew was close but he matured out of it). And while I have a lot to say about this guy, I'll load up and move on, and hope their next hire actually brings some fun to the rivalry.

Does he REALLY think that Kansas State's athletic program is clean? I guess most fans think their teams are, so maybe he actually does too? Bah... Gotta move on.

March 11, 2022 at 3:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Notebook: KU coach Bill Self says he always enjoyed competing against now-former K-State coach Bruce Weber

I thought Huggins might retire and sort of posed that question here a few weeks back. To be honest, I would hate to see him retire after that game though.

March 11, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Notebook: KU coach Bill Self says he always enjoyed competing against now-former K-State coach Bruce Weber

The part that pisses me off with his comments is that he doesn't have the cajones to actually say it up front.

He alludes to KU as though 1) their basketball team doesn't graduate (which is flatly untrue and the Big 12 has the records to prove it) and 2) that this unnamed pile of evidence the NCAA allegedly has is anything more than Townsend running his mouth about a player that went to Duke. Want to know how much Zion got paid? Ask Duke you whiny jackass. Call out Coach K on national TV if your balls are so big.

Weber wanted to feign altruism like Coach Pete Bell in Blue Chips. The difference? He knew he was going to get fired for performance, Bell blew up after a huge win. Bell exposed corruption in his own house that he knew for a fact existed, Weber just operates off hearsay and sour grapes on other programs. Weber's team lost to a conference foe he was expected to beat, ironically the guy that revived that program maybe did so again by running him off. So instead of focusing on his own team and hoping they might get a NIT bid, he decided to do what he does best: whine and virtue signal.

March 11, 2022 at 1:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas basketball climbs to 5th in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll

Matt - did I just find myself agreeing wholeheartedly with Bruce "My Coaching Box is Everywhere!" Weber?

I don't see any Big 12 team as front runners to win the national title, but there are certainly seven teams worth NCAA bids, and all seven could easily go two rounds. Look at Iowa State, they are undefeated in non-conference and cannot buy a win in the Big 12.

Do I think Iowa State is a front runner for a title? No. But our eighth place team has not lost outside the Big 12. That says something.

Take a look at TCU's upcoming schedule. It is brutal outside of WVU at home, but it also gives them an opportunity for some signature wins. Hopefully those wins are at the expense of the Texas teams.

February 21, 2022 at 6:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Joe Yesufu, No. 6 Kansas 'played pretty tough' in gritty win at West Virginia

So I'll take a win in Morgantown and Ames anytime, records don't really matter much cause they seem to get "up" when KU comes to town.

Also, as a side note, how long do we think Huggins has left coaching? He is 68, has over 900 wins... When do we think he hangs it up? I think soon.

February 20, 2022 at 5:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )