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Will next round of realignment include Big 12?

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09:51 AM ET 01.19 | Well, the Big 12 seemingly holds the keys to further conference realignment as it did before it swung and missed on landing Notre Dame. While commissioner Bob Bowlsby had maintained that the league was happy at 10 members, being aware of dominoes falling elsewhere is imperative for any major conference. "We could be proactive [in conference alignment], I think," Bowlsby told reporters at the NCAA Convention in Texas on Wednesday. "We continue to watch the landscape. Until we're persuaded that larger is better, we feel pretty good about right where we are. If you get bigger, do you have to get to 16? Can you get all the benefits at 14? 12? I just think there is a real shortage of empirical evidence to guide our decisions." The major issue for the league is determining whether adding schools would actually help the league financially, giving each member school at least equal to what the league receives now or even more money. But in this current landscape, being proactive rather than reactive is crucial even if it doesn't provide immediate financial benefits.

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January 19, 2013  10:06 AM ET

B1G and SEC looking greedy.
ACC and BigEast looking desperate.
MWC looking confused.
Pac12 looking good with the knowledge that 12 is the perfect number.
Big12 looking complacent.

Fans might have to wait for a bowl game to play a regional rival.

This is the new landscape in CFB ... thanks to a couple of giant egos (Slive and DeLaney).

January 19, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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B1G and SEC looking greedy.ACC and BigEast looking desperate.MWC looking confused.Pac12 looking good with the knowledge that 12 is the perfect number.Big12 looking complacent.Fans might have to wait for a bowl game to play a regional rival.This is the new landscape in CFB ... thanks to a couple of giant egos (Slive and DeLaney).

Based on this, no need to expand...
http://t.co/wgZFjOjU

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January 19, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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... Just goes to show its not about reality but the perception created by the 4 letter devil.

5 letters ...
E S P i N

January 19, 2013  11:56 AM ET
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We could be proactive, I think.solid stuff from Bowlsby

Yeah, in 2-3 years I think all will have to go to 16

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January 19, 2013  12:16 PM ET

They might be waiting to see how things shake out with Maryland leaving the ACC. If their penalty gets lowered substantially, I could see them going after FSU and Clemson.

January 19, 2013  12:52 PM ET
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They might be waiting to see how things shake out with Maryland leaving the ACC. If their penalty gets lowered substantially, I could see them going after FSU and Clemson.

That was last year's rumor, and those are 2 teams I would welcome to the conference. But 12 is my limit.

January 19, 2013  02:51 PM ET
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Based on this, no need to expand... http://t.co/wgZFjOjU

Well...let's see. BigXII just renegotiated their TV contract when they went to 10...I think 12PAC and B1G have also....SEC is still negotiating theirs...and the article then puts the SEC $ per school around 34M in 2014 with the new contract....not bad

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January 19, 2013  04:30 PM ET
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Well...let's see. BigXII just renegotiated their TV contract when they went to 10...I think 12PAC and B1G have also....SEC is still negotiating theirs...and the article then puts the SEC $ per school around 34M in 2014 with the new contract....not bad

B1G tv contract is up in 2014 or 2015.

January 19, 2013  04:50 PM ET
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B1G tv contract is up in 2014 or 2015.

BTN is a 10 year deal and launched 2007. Didn't say when the exact renewal date was....BigXII is 13 year until 2025. 12PAC is a 12 year beginning 2012/2013 year...so probably up around 2025 as well...

Looks like SEC and then B1G will get renewals which will then put them up over the rest....then sometime around 2025 they will all go to the 16 team mega conferences...

January 19, 2013  05:01 PM ET
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BTN is a 10 year deal and launched 2007. Didn't say when the exact renewal date was....BigXII is 13 year until 2025. 12PAC is a 12 year beginning 2012/2013 year...so probably up around 2025 as well...Looks like SEC and then B1G will get renewals which will then put them up over the rest....then sometime around 2025 they will all go to the 16 team mega conferences...

The ABC/ ESPN contracts are up soon.

January 19, 2013  05:39 PM ET
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The ABC/ ESPN contracts are up soon.

good...sitting pretty sweet on that deal...

January 19, 2013  06:44 PM ET

heard a rumor that miami is considering moving to the b12 but who knows

January 19, 2013  06:56 PM ET
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heard a rumor that miami is considering moving to the b12 but who knows

Once Maryland resolves the ACC exit fee issue, I think several ACC schools will discreetly inquire about realignment.

January 19, 2013  07:04 PM ET
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B1G and SEC looking greedy.ACC and BigEast looking desperate.MWC looking confused.Pac12 looking good with the knowledge that 12 is the perfect number.Big12 looking complacent.Fans might have to wait for a bowl game to play a regional rival.This is the new landscape in CFB ... thanks to a couple of giant egos (Slive and DeLaney).

If there is any hope of returning to something like the good old days, it's in larger conferences with geographical based divisions. Look for the B1G to split east-west in 2014, causing Neb, Iowa, Minnie and Wisky to play each year. Also, Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State and tOSU would play every season. I expect TSUN to be in the East as well, with Sparty in the West.

 
January 20, 2013  07:18 AM ET

There is no "Big Twelve." There is a conference with 10 members using that name.
There is no "Big Ten." There is a conference with 12 active members and 2 more slated to join.
It is inanity.

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