Archive for Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Kansas Politicians up pressure on neighbors, trying to keep Big 12 Conference together

June 8, 2010, 8:56 a.m. Updated June 8, 2010, 6:32 p.m.


— Kansas’ elected leaders on Tuesday mounted a political blitz, urging Nebraska and Missouri to stay home in the Big 12.

Gov. Mark Parkinson said he had “productive conversations” with Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

“While no final decisions have been made, I remain hopeful that our neighbors will recognize the significance of our continued cooperation and opportunities for success through alliance,” Parkinson said.

Reports indicate that Nebraska and Missouri are contemplating joining the Big Ten. And the Pac-10 is considering luring new members, most notably Big 12 giants Texas, Texas A&M;, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and even Colorado.That would put Kansas University, Kansas State University and Iowa State Univesity out of any major conference.

Parkinson said maintaining the Big 12 is “of great importance to KU and K-State, and I will do all that I can as governor to help in this effort.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, both Kansas Republicans, issued a joint statement urging Nebraska to remain in the Big 12. The Nebraska Board of Regents meets Friday, and reports indicate regents members may be discussing a move.

“Students, fans, and alumni on both sides of the Kansas-Nebraska state line take great pride in competing against Big 12 Conference members within a three and a half hour drive from the home field, close enough for family, friends, and fellow students to be able to attend the game,” the statement from Brownback and Roberts said.


BigDog 7 years, 10 months ago

Well that is good since no other major conference has wanted either Kansas or Kansas State.

happyrock 7 years, 10 months ago

Who cares about the Regents? Jill Docking is from the east coast. What does she know about Kansas? We are somehow being roped in with K-State. God help us. They are a second rate school. Does Colorado worry about Colorado State? We need to watch out for #1 before we step in #2.

fabian_zimbabwe 7 years, 10 months ago

Phew! That should finally put a stop to all of this talk about implosion of the Big 12. The KBOR have issued a "statement of the obvious"...quite sure the Big 10 and Pac 10 will back off immediately.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

Well, clearly what they should have said was "We know we suck, and therefore are now creating an all-Kansas league consisting of regents schools, plus Washburn."

That would have showed them.

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 10 months ago

The Big 12 is history. Unfortunately, KU, KSU and ISU may find themselves outside of a major BCS conference.

My predictions: KU and KSU: Mountain West ISU: C-USA or Mo Valley

anon1958 7 years, 10 months ago

Well if anyone had any doubts about the Regents having any understanding of their role or relevance in the wide world, this press release answers it.

newmedia 7 years, 10 months ago

I see no drastic reason to keep KU and KSU together in the same conference. If either or both are able to cut a better deal I say go for it. I am not aware of any law that say they could not continue to play each other whether it be a conference game or not.

Reason McLucus 7 years, 10 months ago

If the schools stay together they could turn another conference into a major conference, particularly Conference USA.

Did the Big !2 leaders who are talking about leaving the Conference play too many games without a helmet when they were younger? That's the only way it would make sense to break up one of the nation's two premier football conferences. The Big 12 has participated in more BCS championship games than any other conference. Only SEC teams have won more championships.

I can understand why the Big 10 and Pac-10 Conferences might want to break up the Big 12 considering that the Big 12 has participated in more championship games than the Big 10 and Pac-10 combined. But, why does the Big 12 want to commit suicide?

I don't know what the Big 12 secret is for its ability to get into the BCS championship, but apparently officials at many Big 12 schools don't even know how successful the conference is.

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