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Expansion Talk: Where We Are Right Now

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IT is changing by the minute and by tomorrow, it could all be different. But for right now, the Conference Realignment situation has changed after a busy day. The Kansas City Star reported this afternoon that the SEC has offered Missouri a place as the 14th member of the SEC. According to the paper, the invite is precipitated on the destruction of the Big 12 and the league is willing to wait and see what happens with the league before withdrawing the invite. This evening the SEC denied that report, but did not say the league had no interest in Missouri and the denial probably has more to do with potential litigation than the actual reality of the situation. The Missouri news comes on the heels of a report earlier this morning that West Virginia had its application for the SEC turned down, meaning that at least for the moment, the league is not looking past 14.

In the middle of America, some reports suggest that Oklahoma could potentially stay in the Big 12 after talks hit a rough spot with the Pac 12. According to the reports, Oklahoma has offered to stay in the Big 12 if the current commissioner of the league steps down, a request that seems reasonable following his mis-management of much of the situation. Keeping the Big 12 together could be the linchpin of stopping a massive realignment move, as a Big 12 with the current set of teams, plus another add (many believe Louisville would get the first invite), could stop the madness from going a great deal further. However that is in Oklahoma’s hands as Texas and others wait for its decision.

Meanwhile, the Big East is meeting in a not-so-secret location tonight to determine its future as well. It was reported today that the league might try to stay together and had been on the verge of inviting Navy to join the league prior to Syracuse and Pittsburgh bolting. A new Big East might include Navy, Air Force and East Carolina, the latter of which apparently has actually applied officially to the league. If the Big East can stay together, it will it be a much weaker league in both sports, but it would ensure a major spot for its remaining teams.

A lot still to be decided and I am sure that by tomorrow, all will change again.

Article written by Matt Jones

16 Comments for Expansion Talk: Where We Are Right Now



  1. Brant Baines
    8:16 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Just got off the phone with the assistant AD at Oklahoma and he says they are seriously considering joining the SEC along with Texas and Oklahoma St to form a 16 school super conference. Apparently talks are moving along at a rapid pace. The Big 12 schools are fearful that joining the Pac 12 would compromise their tv exposure, whereas the SEC would allow maximum exposure.



  2. Fake Ron Jurich
    8:17 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    What sucks is that we had no idea PITT and the CUSE were looking elsewhere.



  3. Mp
    8:21 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    #1. Are you blowing smoke?



  4. Mark Liptak
    8:21 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    ESPN.com also reporting that for OU to stay in the Big 12, the Longhorn Network would have to be scaled back, show other programming and money distributed equally in addition to the commissioner being fired.

    Says if not, the are headed to the Big-12.

    Mark Liptak



  5. Mark Liptak
    8:22 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    ESPN.com also reporting that for OU to stay in the Big 12, the Longhorn Network would have to be scaled back, show other programming and money distributed equally in addition to the commissioner being fired.

    Says if not, the are headed to the Pac-12.

    Mark Liptak



  6. blitzedanddazed
    8:33 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Texas has and will continue to punk Oklahoma if Oklahoma decides to stay in the Big 12.
    SEC has interest in Texas now that Texas A & M is in the fold.



  7. blitzedanddazed
    8:34 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry——- SEC has NO interest in Texas now that Texas A&M is in the fold



  8. CoachNow
    8:49 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    West Virginia
    Cinci
    Louisville
    South Florida
    Rutgers
    Texas Christian
    Rutgers
    Kansas
    Kansas State

    Sounds like an easy road to the Orange bowl



  9. UK vs UF
    9:05 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    UK vs UF 4th row tickets for sale (2) and parking pass (B3)
    [email protected]



  10. jock
    9:19 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    My friends who are ul fans are already trying to overate the leftover rejects left in the conference. I believe the big east in in real jeopordy of losing its bcs bid if it loses much more. It has also been downgraded in basketball. Ul is like the fat girl at the prom without a date and no one wants to dance.



  11. UKGoBigBlue
    9:27 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    The Big East was barely hanging onto their BCS affiliation; if the Big East stays together, bye bye BCS affiliation. A stay together Big East of Navy, Air Force, E Carolina, UL & whoever would be the worst football conference in the country.



  12. Look Out, Fireworks!
    9:43 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Screw Louisville, let’s rally for Morehead State to the SEC. They have a better basketball team.



  13. ukwildcatwildfan
    10:26 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I wouldn’t mind Louisville in the SEC because it would give us another lower tier football team and provide us with a rivalry that would nearly match UNC – Duke in basketball.



  14. Fritz
    11:26 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    How could the SEC take a pass on WVU. They would be a perfect fit for the East – and bring a lot more national recognition than either Missouri or Texas A&M. They also bring the entire state of West Virginia – for all that’s worth.

    SEC should have also gone after Pitt. I’d say Mr. Slive is getting outhustled.



  15. mawoods15
    11:57 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 14) that Slive is getting outhustled. how the hell do we think adding missouri and texas a&m is anywhere near what the ACC is doing. There is no question that the ACC is now the hands down best conference in basketball. quantity vs. quality. 5 years from now we’ll regret it and our Kentucky team will not be battle tested each year by playing the overmatched SEC teams.



  16. Les Miles
    12:19 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    15. Basketball is not driving this bus.

    Matt, in your eyes what could Dan Beebe have done differently? The Big-12 is in the middle of America and geographically each team is ripe for the picking. I’m not sure another commissioner could have stopped some of the teams from bolting-especially Nebraska and Colorado. I will say that Dan Beebe has been too mum on the whole situation but to quote Bob Knight, “if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it”.