Has anyone checked to see if WVU AD Oliver Luck is really just some guy who hangs out on message boards and blogs? I mean, for a guy who has a law degree and claims to have positive business experience, he just really likes to spout off. The Big East seems to be his primary target.
In case you missed it there are all sorts of possible reconfigurations to the BCS being tossed about. Getting rid of automatic qualifiers. Letting the big BCS bowls go back to their old system of tying in with conferences directly. Having the BCS only handle the #1 vs. #2 game. All of which is not good for the Big East.
It puts the Big East in the precarious position of not having a big selling point of having a direct path to the big money bowls. It hurts the overall appeal of the Big East’s bowl line-up. And it further weakens the Big East in dealings with Notre Dame. ND is the only thing that keeps the bowl line-up as high as it is, without impeding a Big East BCS Bowl bid.
Oliver Luck, though, can’t just be diplomatic about it. He has a need to make it absolutely clear how happy he is to get out of the Big East.
“In my mind, if we do go back to the old system, where conferences realign themselves with bowls, I can’t see any of the big bowls wanting Big East teams,” Luck said in a telephone interview.
“It will make the delineation even more pronounced between the haves and have-nots,” Luck predicted.
He predicts the remaining power conferences – SEC, Pac 12, Big Ten, ACC and Big 12 – would dominate the slots in the more prestigious bowls, which is why WVU is fortuitous to be jumping to the Big 12.
“We were fortunate to get out,” said the WVU AD. “We got out [of the Big East] when the ship was seriously going down. I mean, only the tip of the sail was showing.”
He focused on the AQ.
“If the AQ goes away,” Luck said, “a Big East team will be forced to go unbeaten. That’s doable. [Conference USA member] Houston, for instance, has a claim. But even then, would that team go into the top 10?
“If the goal is to go to a BCS game, it’s better to play in one of the power conferences.”
Way to put on the charm offensive with dueling lawsuits pending.
He’s not wrong, mind you, but he’s the guy in charge of the WVU Athletic Department, not “WVCuzLover97.” If you have your school embroiled in lawsuits with the Big East — in no small part to force negotiations — and all you can do is trash them continually in the media… Well, let’s just say that the Big East is not going to be more willing to negotiate. Boston College has barely shown up on Big Eats schedules after the acrimony over the way they left for the ACC
Now consider the scheduling in the future for WVU. Not just football and basketball. These actions are shutting them out of the East. Want to recruit NYC? Going to do a home-and-home with Fordham or Hofstra? That’s your choice because there is no way St. John’s, Rutgers or Seton Hall’s going to put you on the schedule. How about Florida? USF won’t touch you and when UCF comes to the Big East, I’m guessing they are off the board.
Luck better be real sure about being able to make deals with Temple and ACC programs for games. Otherwise, the Hoopies are looking at planning all their major non-con games to the west and south.
Meanwhile the conference the Hoopies are heading towards, have their own issues in credibility and hypocrisy over the coming of WVU and goings of Missouri.
How does the interim head, top Texas marionette, Chuck Neinas feel about WVU doing what they are doing to get to the Big 12?
West Virginia has given assurances to the Big 12 it will play in the conference in 2012 despite an ongoing lawsuit filed by the Big East that seeks to hold the school to a 27-month waiting period.
Big 12 Conference commissioner Chuck Neinas was not specific but told CBSSports.com that West Virginia had told the league before and after the Big East filed suit on Nov. 4 that it would be in the Big 12 next year.
“There’s ways to do it, and West Virginia is prepared to do it,” Neinas said.
So, no hard feelings towards Mizzou? Right?
Neinas said dropping below 10 teams would cause league members each to find an extra non-conference game on short notice. He also said dropping below 10 would affect the payout from television partners.
That would reduce the inventory promised to Fox which signed a new 13-year, $1.13 billion deal with the league in April. Also, having to play an eight-game conference schedule would require Big 12 members to schedule another non-conference game less than 10 months from kickoff of the 2012 season.
The Big 12 began playing a full round-robin schedule (nine games) beginning this season. The loss of Missouri would reduce the league to only nine members for 2012.
Neinas is still upset at the way Missouri departed, potentially leaving the league in a lurch. At some point in a 45-day period, Missouri switched from self-described loyal member of the Big 12 to the newest member of the Southeastern Conference, Neinas said. In addition, the school would not allow him to view a key 45-page document that spelled out a reported financial windfall for Missouri in the SEC.
“If an institution wishes to depart the conference, that’s their prerogative,” Neinas said. “But I’m not very happy about the way Missouri handled it…. I don’t think Missouri is going to get any sportsmanship awards from the Big 12 Conference this year.”
To be clear. Bolting the Big 12 on short notice and potentially hurting the scheduling and revenue of Big 12 teams is bad. But it’s okay if WVU does it to come to the Big 12 to eliminate the problem? That’s cool.
I’ve said it before. I would love to see Pitt in the ACC by next year, but I never thought it realistic given when Pitt and Cuse made the move. I much prefer Pitt to leave the ACC and the other programs with some measure of class and respect. The Big East itself can rot, but the other schools don’t deserve the back of the hand. WVU’s actions will make it easier for Pitt and Cuse to negotiate their way out after 2012 rather than the 27 month wait.
Plus, Pitt will likely be able to schedule with the left behind schools in the future. A lot less animosity and court costs.