Clem I really want Clemson out of this league also. FSU vs Clemson is good rivalry and would be good for the Big 12. (all of jawing and photo shopping aside)
Here is some more news the Dude speaks again! He says expansion back on the table. There is a new twist according to his “inside sources” the contract would not automatically go up with FSU and Clemson, although FSU and clemson would still be making 7 to 9 million more than in the ACC.
Somebody pasted that same blurp I put in the other post.
We all know that money is driving the bus here, but I contend that the recent development of Clemson being cold-shouldered has everything to do with the Big 12 leaders (esp. Dodds and Bowlsby) MAXIMIZING PLAYOFF ACCESS for its members. Let me explain. First, I believe Bowlsby, Dodds, et al. were waiting for today’s OFFICIAL announcement to 100% confirm that BOTH Strength of Schedule AND Conference Champion Status would play a vital role for the Final Four selection committee. Now that they have that information confirmed, they are going to make a strategic masterstroke to give the Big 12 an advantage over every other league with 12 or more members. Here it is. What better scenario to possibly put TWO Big 12 teams in the Final Four than by having 11 full members (current 10 + FSU) and ND as an associate member for schedule strength and $$$? Think about it. This would kill both birds with one stone. First, it would satisfy the monetary component, as both universities bring a net gain in TV revenue to the table. Let’s assume UT and OU get ND annually or semi-annually. Then throw in FSU as a full. Imagine the TV contracts this would demand