Friday, January 27, 2012

Daily Discussion: Big 12 Expansion

The inevitable part about jumping into an unstable conference, as the Frogs have now done for about the 1,000th time, is that expansion rumors are never really going to go away. While the biggest questions about the Big 12 might currently be about when West Virginia will actually join (we hear this year) and when the 2012 football schedule will come out (very soon, supposedly), you still have to wonder if, when and how the league will get back to as many members as it's name would indicate.

A report from our very own Fort Worth Star-Telegram earlier this week indicated that Louisville and BYU may very well be targets for the 11th and 12th spots. What would you think about adding the Cardinals and Cougars- good move, bad move?

Let's say you're the Big 12 commissioner. What schools would you go after? What schools do you think are reasonable targets? Or do you think the league should even expand at all?

17 comments:

Frogger98 said...

I like BYU, you cannot argue with their national support and it was really nice of them to schedule a game with TCU this year.

Louisville, on the other hand does not excite me. I would rather see a school who is a bigger name or from a bigger state. Plus I think the next school to leave the Big Least will have a harder time getting out.

Completely arbitrary final thought - I would like to see the Big 12 try and woo ND's non-football sports from the Big Least. I would love it if ND spurs the Big Ten and enters the Big 12 when they realize independence is done. I know how unlikely that is to happen, but it would be interesting to see happen.

Cowtown Food Junkie said...

I would love to have both programs. They are both good at football and basketball. BYU brings a huge, national fanbase that will travel anywhere and bring a large TV market. If Strong stays at Louisville then they should keep trending upward in football, and Pitino has made them a power in basketball. I think Louisville is more likely because BYU seems tough to negotiate with. Hopefully, we can get both, but I doubt we add anyone until the TV contracts are renegotiated. UT and OU don't seem to want a conference championship game, and the current TV contracts are configured for 10 teams. Everyone seems content to stay at 10 and have higher payouts per team. Could always just add Louisville, have 11 teams, and still have a conference title game. Isn't the cutoff 11 teams? Or is it 12?

ThunderFrog said...

I think the Big 12 should grab Cincinnati and Louisville. Both leaving would make it easier to get out. It would also give West Virginia two close schools as well as obvious North-South and even East-West division alignment for the conference. Adding those two would make for a stronger basketball conference, and Louisville seems on the way up in football. And neither have issues playing on Sunday. That said, it would fun to continue the BYU rivalry.

danders said...

BYU would be great. Lousiville does nothing for me in FB.
How about reuniting BYU with Utah - restore a conf rivalry and give them a local partner? I know the Utes like the Pac but stranger things have happened! Big 12 shouldn't have to go after "lesser" schools.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

I think we should add SMU and Houston.

/dies laughing.

cmlakey said...

Invite whoever would piss off SMU most.

FrogHorn07 said...

Invite North Texas and Rice, just to piss off Houston and SMU.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

i like where this is going

shortnkerley's said...

UTA, UTSA, UTEP, and then claim SMU didn't get the invite because those 3 UT feeder schools are better academically.

DangerFrog said...

I would love Louisville, but I'm biased, mainly because I live there. There stadium is actually pretty cool, I played a couple high school games there.

65frog said...

Louisville? I think baseball bats.
BYU and Arkansas or Notre Dame. Probably no interest by the Irish. If they join a conference they will look for less competition than would face them in the Big Twelve.

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Rotten Arsenal said...

If it's based entirely on strengthening the Big12, the best move is to weaken the Big East further (which also pisses off SMU). Louisville and Boise State. I hate BSu, but let's face it... they at least have some recent history of deserving to be in a decent conference. Pull a "TCU" and lure them away from the BEast and then get Louisville and WVA and you've suddenly boosted the Big 12 largely by LEAVING THE BIG EAST WITHOUT A SINGLE TEAM TO HAVE WON A BCS BOWL.

TCUTanman said...

I prefer Louisville and Boise State; since BYU won't agree to play on Sundays. But Boise is like a junior college, low academic standards so I don't think it would ever be blessed by the Big 12 Presidents. The only other realistic choice is Cincinnati.

TCUTanman said...

I prefer Louisville and Boise State; since BYU won't agree to play on Sundays. But Boise is like a junior college, low academic standards so I don't think it would ever be blessed by the Big 12 Presidents. The only other realistic choice is Cincinnati.

Kev Nolan said...

whats the big deal about BYU not playing on sundays...? last time i checked there is no college football on sundays. basketball is mostly on wednesdays and saturdays... so what gives?

shortnkerley's said...

There's baseball every Sunday.