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The Big East has “reached out” to both Fresno State and UNLV to join the league on the football side, CBSSports.com has learned. In addition, BYU and Big East commissioner Mike Aresco have at least had informal conversations.
UNLV and Fresno have “definitely” talked to Aresco, according to a source. However, the talks are being kept as secret as possible to keep from “offending people” such as regents and boards of regents and trustees at those schools.
Big East commissioner Mike Aresco scrambling to keep viable football league alive
The most interesting part of that was that the SEC has no exit fee. That's so badass.
Go away, KA!
It is certainly is a sign strength. I imagine once they get thier network up they will all have to sign away thier media rights to the conference long term.
The B1G already compromised academics by adding Nebraska, whether or not they lost their AAU designation. I've no doubt that AAU is a "nice to have", but Nebraska was a move driven purely by football. They added a weak academic school to generate more revenue. I don't know why anyone would be skeptical that they would do it again in the right circumstance.
UT-PAN AMERICAN TO THE WAC
The University of Texas-Pan American will join the Western Athletic Conference, ending 14 years without membership in a conference with an automatic qualifier to the NCAA postseason.
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN
Big East open to let Catholic 7 leave in 2014 & ECU likely to become all-sports member Aresco tells Wash Post
Nice recap by mrsec.com today.
Although Jim Barker sold clemson's soul and disregarded our land grant to do so, we surpassed VT academically a while back.
Isn't Clemson a top 25 Public Univ in the US News rankings?
Yeah we got as high as 22 I think then dropped a spot or two. It's not the same school that used to let tards like me in.
I do like seeing UVA referred to as "the next Maryland".
Yeah. This article seems to suggest that the next domino to fall might just still be GT and UVA to the Big 10, pending the resolution of the MD exit fee litigation.
It's also the first place I've seen suggest that UNC, NC State, and Duke might be part of a package deal that some other conference (almost surely the SEC) might just be interested in picking up. I hadn't heard that before, but it seems unlikely to me.
That aside, the UVA GT defections would have to be enough to send FSU, UNC, Duke, Clemson and whoever else running for safer ground, right?
I think FSU will leave once they see what we pay as an exit fee. I'm assuming the Big 12 would take them because they add a lot between their football program and entering the very lucrative FL tv market. Adding FSU would be a financial plus for the league.
Obviously they'd need a 12th team though and that's where it gets tricky. Clemson is mentioned, but they don't bring near as much to the table as FSU. Wouldn't be surprised to see the Big 12 look elsewhere for #12.
Do we have enough leverage yet in the B10 to require GT fires Paul Johnson before they can join?
Is there another candidate out there that would be willing to move to the Big XII that brings more to the table than Clemson?
I'm really not so sure there is.
I didn't mean that as VT>Clemson, I just meant VT is closer in profile than Clemson is. I'd say the two schools are equal academically (Clemson is #68 is USNews, VT is #72) but VT is ranked #42 in research expenditures while Clemson is #99.
Dude. We're on a 538 week journey to garner AAU status. Mind your tone.
I'm not so sure of this. If ESPN kept the same deal in place for 12 teams that they have for 14 than that would shorten the gap between the B12 and the ACC which might make FSU hesistant to leave. UNC/Duke are leaving until the conference is hopeless.
I'm not sure. Maybe Miami which has a strong football brand. But yes Clemson may still be the most appealing candidate for #12 even if they don't bring as much as FSU does.
I was down in the 'Burg last month after a few years absence, and the research money is ROLLING IN. New research buildings going up left and right.
I know we've been through this, but I still really disagree with your assumption that ESPN would do this. They're a TV network, not a charity case.
I could just as easily argue that ESPN wouldn't care about the ACC losing football because they wouldn't make any money at all off the football product sans GT and UVA and would be more interested in seeing the conference contract so they could renegotiate a better price for the basketball schools.
Is it likely? I'm not sure. But the point is out of all the things to assume in this whole realignment process, thinking that ESPN is going to reach in and save the ACC is pretty far-fetched. They have their own complex interests as does the ACC and there is literally no precedence at all for a network giving money away like that.
This post was edited by alexterp 16 months ago
The B12 lost Nebraska (!) and Colorado and ESPN did not reduce the B12's payouts. I don't think UVA and GT are going to cause Bristol to want to renegotiate. If anything it'd make the brand more powerful as you'd get more frequent matchups between FSU/Clemson/VT/Miami plus almost every team would play ND every other year instead of once every three years. In basketball ESPN would get more home and homes of Duke/UNC/NCST/Syracuse/Pitt/Louisville.
Yeah I'm pretty sure if GT and UVA bolted ESPN would be thrilled.
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