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July 2, 2012

One Year to Moving Day

Filed under: Big XII,Conference,Expansiopocolypse — Chas @ 11:16 am

Over the weekend, it was conference moving day. Teams officially switched conferences.

Temple is halfway there. In for Big East football in 2012. Everything else in 2013. VCU is in the A-10. Mizzou and Texas A&M to the SEC. And of course, TCU and WVU to the Big 12. Hoopies are happy to be in the Big 12. Especially instead of the ACC. They’re happy, dammit!

That’s a reminder that in one year, it will be another big moving day. Sure Boise State waited until the very last minute to formally tell the Mountain West that they would be splitting time in the Big West and Big East next year. You have the assorted C-USA teams moving from their place on Oriental Avenue to slightly more expensive property on St. Charles Place.

And of course, Pitt and Syracuse will make their move to the ACC.

Whether there will be any other new expansiopocolypse moves by this time next year remains to be seen. Lately, the only surprise is if there isn’t a move made.

Also kicking in this past weekend was the “grant of rights” by the Big 12 member schools to the conference. Locking them into the conference for the next 13 years. As all signed on according to new Commish Bob Bowlsby. Well done, what?

While such news has been expected for months, the finalization of the deal would be nonetheless monumental. It would virtually guarantee the once-fractious league solidarity over the term of the agreement. Big 12 consultant Chuck Neinas stressed Sunday that the deal is not quite done yet and would only be finalized after a 13-year, $2.6 billion media rights [TV] extension with Fox and ESPN.

“What people don’t understand is, it’s a process,” said Neinas who guided the league as an interim commissioner from September through June 15. “Some people [presidents] have to take it to their board [of directors] for approval. So that we’re clear, I think they drafted a new 13-year grant but it’s not necessary to sign it until the TV contract is done. The TV deal is still a work in progress.”

No worries. The Big 12 is a happy family. That shotgun in the back is just tradition.

Sorry, I know the money will be bigger in the Big 12, but there is no way I wanted Pitt in that conference.

In the ongoing PR debate over whether it was Texas arrogance or Texas A&M’s inferiority complex that led to A&M heading to the SEC, Texas Tech gets to be the middle child. Looking up to big brother and sticking with him, while trying not to be treated like total crap.

Texas Tech’s Sept. 8 road game against Texas State may be broadcast on the Longhorn Network, an athletic department source with direct knowledge of the situation told RRS.com’s Chris Level and Aaron Dickens on Thursday.

ESPN announced earlier this month that the game would be carried on one of its platforms, but did not specify which.

Tech learned of this possibility several days ago, and according to the source, is “adamantly opposed to playing on the Longhorn Network” and is “putting serious consideration into canceling the game and playing an 11 game schedule” this fall.

As to how ESPN was able to be in a position to put a Texas State game on the Longhorn Network, is a rather interesting bit of manipulation by the Mouse Monopoly.

The WAC, in its negotiations with ESPN, agreed to recognize the Longhorn Network as an ESPN platform. That allowed ESPN to air 6 UT-San Antonio home games on the Longhorn Network. That means as the WAC continues to shamble on, their games can be content on the Longhorn Network.

To say Texas Tech was pissed off by this was to put it mildly. Last year they had to fight off efforts by ESPN to put their Texas game on the Longhorn Network. Rumors were that Texas Tech went to other Big 12 members to discuss avoiding scheduling games against WAC teams to avoid this kind of mess.

ESPN eventually backed away from this ham-handed effort to get content on the channel in an effort to get cable and satellite companies to carry the channel. The game will be on ESPN3.com instead.

As has been pointed out, Texas doesn’t necessarily have much of a say in these things. Most of the really dumb things the Longhorn Network has tried to do — air high school games that involve Texas recruits, try to move some Big 12 games on the channel, and now this — appear to have been pushed by ESPN as part of their effort to get carriers to actually carry the network.

The problem is that the channel carries the Longhorn name. Texas is collecting a check. They can’t keep throwing up their hands and saying, “This is not us! We have nothing to do with it. We’re not involved with this sort of thing.” When you agree to have your name on the product, you have some responsibility.

No, the Big 12 isn’t going anywhere. The Grant of Rights will get signed, sealing things for 13 years. It’s just a reminder that 1) the Big 12 is still a seething mess of dysfunction beneath the facade, 2) stability doesn’t mean unity, and  3) money does paper over a lot of problems.





Any news on if pitt is any closer to leaveing the big east after this season. is it one more and done what are the odds.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.02.12 @ 2:51 pm

Hopefully Pitt can get a full year in the ACC before FSU and co. put a dagger it its chest.

Comment by Chris 07.02.12 @ 4:16 pm

Dagger in it’s chest. Isn’t that a big overboard Chris. Or a you a trolling hoopie or nitter ?

Clemson’s latest stmts from both Sweeny and the hoops coach seem to suggest they are very content in the ACC. In fact both said…we are the ACC.
Miami has said it has no interest in the Big 12, rightfully so, as that makes no sense whatsoever.

So no dagger is going anywhere close to the ACC’s chest. However if Texas decides overnite that they want the PAC 12 deal. The Big 12 is DEAD !!

That won’t be a dagger, that will be a bazooka thru the chest. haha

Comment by Emel 07.02.12 @ 5:21 pm

hey Frankcan, good seeing u buddy,

On that front, the PITT law suit was just filed a short time ago. So this will move slowly until it gets closer to the court date, imo.

One thing, did Cuse join the suit or file one of their own?

Comment by Emel 07.02.12 @ 5:24 pm

My 2 cents Frank: The BE wants Pitt and cuse to just go away. They’ve just got to move on, wherever.

Comment by steve1 07.02.12 @ 6:16 pm

EMel steve1 hi buds i want out of the big east so bad i cant wait to be done and gone.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.02.12 @ 6:59 pm

I would imagine once football season is over, the Big East will tell Pitt and Cuse, “BYE!” Now, I know they have to play the BBall season, but I think you can understand what I mean.

Comment by Lou Gagliardi 07.02.12 @ 8:05 pm

Me too, Frank

Comment by steve1 07.02.12 @ 10:16 pm

Leaving can’t come fast enough. Just disappointed that Pitt couldn’t rise up when it had the chance…football that is. I’ll miss playing the Hoopies in all sports and then Nova and UConn in basketball. Can’t wait to see FSU, Miami, Va Tech and Clemson at Heinz. Can’t wait to see Duke and NC at the Pete. Good times.

Comment by TX Panther 07.02.12 @ 11:20 pm

Good way to look at it all big tex

Comment by Timmeh 07.03.12 @ 9:00 am

Can’t wait for the move!

Comment by DobieGillis 07.03.12 @ 9:18 am

Emel – Syracuse has not joined the Pitt lawsuit, and I do not believe they have initiated a suit of their own. In terms of negotiations, purely a guess on my part, but it wouldn’t surprise me that the Big East has been waiting to make sure Boise St. was really onboard. They finally gave notice of withdrawal to their old conference over the weekend, so maybe things will pick up, at least behind the scenes. It is hard to imagine that the conference will want Pitt and Syracuse around once the new teams are in place.

Comment by Pantherman13 07.03.12 @ 9:47 am

The Longhorn network should try its hand at scripted soap dramas. All they have to do is base their stories off a year’s worth of press clippings and daily happenings. Texas can play the evil manupulator and WVU can play the ugly woman that sleeps around just so it can be liked.

Comment by Get the Glory 07.03.12 @ 12:44 pm

the day cant come soon enough

Comment by Pitt it IS 07.03.12 @ 4:28 pm

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