By Ralph Hipp
We've heard most of the conversation, now it's getting downright scary. Imagine this: Texas, and all the Lone Star State Big 12 teams, along with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, leave to head west into the Pac 10 Mega Conference.. along with Arizona and Arizona State.
While that's going on, Nebraska is set to move a little farther east this week, finally getting away from the the team they're mad at, Texas, connecting with Penn State in a monster Big 10 Conference.
Kansas, K-State, Mizzou, Colorado and Iowa State are now the leftovers, now down to the "Big 5" of what used to be the "Big 8" Conference. I've always held the sports opinion Texas teams wanted to hijack our nice little, middle of the country Big 8 Conference we had, in the first moves toward some of the BIG money in college football. For Kansas and Texas, college basketball is awfully big money, too. Here we are, just settling into a routine where the football title is played in Jerry's new stadium near Dallas; and the basketball conference title is handed out here at that brand spankin' new Sprint Center up here. And that's when the guys in the Pac 10 and Big 10 (that's YOU, Jim Delaney..) who'd had seen enough of the SEC and Big 12 splitting the big stakes for national football titles.. came up with HUGE ideas on shaking up college sports.
This is the 2nd time I've written this blog page because the story continues to change and solidify. Nebraska is all but certain to make its move as the 12th member of the "Big 10" this week. Only Notre Dame could stop it, by accepting Delaney's offer for the Irish to join the conference and round it out. So far, there's no indication that Notre Dame will walk off their mountain, leaving their own television contract behind. But their intransigence on this is so totally away from the reality of the changes in college sports; if they want a BCS title, they have to join a conference. If not, Nebraska will move in.
If all this happens, is that what we have left? Write me back this week with what you're hearing about conference realignment out there, and if the Jayhawks, Wildcats and apparently the Tigers, will be at the top of the heap of the "Big 5.." Who would you like to invite?? Creighton, Missouri State.. are you out there??