Chuck Carlton of the Dallas News tweeted last night: “A source on the idea of TCU, Louisville, Cincinnati, W. Va to the Big 12: ‘It’s one of the leading options.’ The Big 12 is waiting on Missouri. An interesting tidbit from the Newark Star-Ledger: TCU would not face 27-month wait in Big East because they haven’t joined yet. There are several on table, ranging from 9 to 16 teams.”
Also Carlton linked a story from NJ.com that explains that the Big XII is trying to get TCU to join the league immediately rather than waiting the 27-month period that is required due to the Horned Frogs never having joined the league.
Last night Andy Katz reported that Louisville is hoping to stay in a strengthened Big East with service academies.
Meanwhile, several outlets have been reporting that Louisville, TCU, WVU, and Cincinnati rumors to the Big XII have been “heating up”.
Dennis Dodd of CBS came out with a story last night of a source (unnamed) that was directly involved with the Big XII television deal, who told Dodd that if it were up to him he would stay at just 9 teams for the Big XII because the television money is the same for 9 as it is for 12 based on the current deal.
The more UConn tries to leave the Big East unsuccessfully the more unflattering light they find themselves in. John Talty of the IB Times, goes off on UConn and their pursuit of the ACC.
*My personal thoughts on the evening/morning developments* are that you can listen to everything, but it is important to keep an eye on the big picture and realize that some of this is PR, some it is truth, and the rest of it is well………..
It seems like those who are football reporters are pushing for the 12 team Big XII conference. Those whose interest is basketball seem to be pushing for the Big East to be saved, like Katz and Pitino.
UofL officials will not comment. Cards fans know this with Tom Jurich’s coaching searches and also our previous conference shift from C-USA to the Big East. UofL was committed to C-USA all the way up until the Big East announcement was made. I think it is really evident that the Big 12 is going to happen at this point, and here is why:
If the Big 12 stays at 9 they basically signal their own end much like the Big East did when they held at 8 for so long. The late addition of TCU should have been done 4 years ago along with the addition of Navy and at least two other members like ECU and Houston. Basically by going from 8 to 12 allows a conference to be in a much better position when a member gets poached by another conference. By not acting the Big East doomed itself and the end was inevitable. Once Pitt and Syracuse were scooped up the football conference went from 8 to 6 (6 isn’t a conference) and now officials are scrambling. If the additions had been made in a timely manner Pitt and Syracuse might have been less inclined to leave, and if they did move on, the conference would have gone from 12 to 10 and the teams in the league would have had a chance to establish themselves on the AQ scene. As it is, the Big East dropped the ball and contributed to their own end.
The Big 12 knows this story of the Big East. Hopefully they paid attention. it would be incredibly foolish of the Big 12 with the recent flirtation of 4 members with the PAC, and Missouri holding an offer from the SEC. Sticking at 9 would be the same thing as the Big East holding at 8.
I think the Big East is trying to save itself. I don’t doubt that. Members can not leave for 27-months so they have some time to add independents immediately to the league and if other members take up offers elsewhere the Big East will have some time to maintain their AQ status following the 2013 season. I’m just hoping UofL has their new home in the Big 12 already in place before that happens.