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Leftovers on menu for KU

September 19, 2011

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If you just can’t stand to read the painful truth, put the paper down and go for a walk, or pop in a CD, or turn on the TV, or read a book, or swear off following sports for the rest of your life and replace it with a more stable hobby, you know, like playing the stock market.

The truth is, Kansas University is on the brink of ranking as one of the biggest losers in the conference realignment musical-chairs game it had nothing to do with setting in motion.

The Big 12 had great football and basketball leagues and was the perfect fit for Kansas, a strong and loyal member. First Nebraska and Colorado bolted. Then Texas A&M. Now Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and Texas and Texas Tech could announce any day that they are joining the Pac-16.

The Big East would have been a nice fallback position when it was the Big East, but it ceased being the Big East over the weekend, when Syracuse and Pittsburgh fled to the ACC. Connecticut is trying to follow them and looks to be in a strong position to become the ACC’s 15th school. Rutgers wants to be the 16th.

The Pac-12, if the presidents uncomfortable about how Texas Tech and Oklahoma State measure up academically agree to follow the recommendations of commissioner Larry Scott, isn’t interested in Kansas.

The Big Ten’s not expanding for now.

So where does that leave Kansas? Up a creek without a paddle, along with Missouri, Kansas State, Baylor and Iowa State.

Now what?

Pray that the ACC allows for one exception in its desire to own the Eastern seaboard and invites Kansas instead of Rutgers.

Such a conference would allow ACC schools to brag about winning 10 of the past 13 NCAA Tournament titles in basketball: UConn (1999, 2004, 2011), Duke (2001, 2010), North Carolina (2005, 2009), Maryland (2002), Syracuse (2003) and Kansas (2008) have won it all in the past 13 seasons.

Conference realignment is driven by football, but putting together such a phenomenal basketball league without question would add value to a conference.

The ACC is smart enough to know it’s never going to rank with the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 in football, so it decided to assemble the greatest basketball conference of all-time. If you’re going to do that, do it all the way and invite KU instead of Rutgers.

Not an impossible dream, but not likely. Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, gives the ACC a foot in the New York TV market, whatever that means.

Again, now what? Form a league with Big 12 and Big East leftovers. Not a terrible league, except that all it does is kick the can that is realignment anxiety down the road a year or two, when conferences that haven’t expanded yet choose to do so. The best football schools will be looking to get stolen away, the basketball-only schools will grow tired of the negative recruiting vibes the instability brings and break off to form their own conference.

On a positive note, Kansas will get to extend its rivalries with Kansas State and Missouri, at least until the next shake-up.

It’s such a shame Texas was so weirdly obsessed on getting into a measuring contest with everyone that it led to a mass exodus.

Comments

SanDiegoJacket 3 years, 3 months ago

As an ACC TECH alum, I would love to have Kansas in the ACC. Can you believe what a great schedule would be to play the Jayhawks, Dook and yes my Yellow Jackets????

Besides, after Saturday's game of payback, I would love to go back to Lawrence again and be able to leave there a happy camper unlike last year. I'm pullin' for the Jayhawks to come to the ACC. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO JACKETS!!!!

Loomer 3 years, 3 months ago

This is what happens when you're not proactive. Lack of conference leadership led to this happening to the Big 12. Its funny if you look at the most recent football poll and the number of recent Big 12 schools in the the top 25. Texas is the lowest ranked of them all and their arrogance and greed led to this conference falling apart. Maybe things will turn out well for KU, hopefully the KU administration wasn't sitting on its hands as this conference fell apart in front of them.

OutlawJHawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Nice work chancellor and AD. Way to sit and do nothing...

Bob Forer 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the link. If you believe Seth Davis, then it looks like Tom Keegan has it right.

Vince Brown 3 years, 3 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks that creating the Big 12 with the Texas schools was a bad idea in the first place? This isn't hindsight. I felt this way when the talk first began years ago. The almighty dollar kicked tradition and loyalty in the ass and now KU is on the brink of who knows what.

jaywalker 3 years, 3 months ago

Nope, you're not alone vlbptt. I hated the move from the start as well.

jesse499 3 years, 3 months ago

Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, gives the ACC a foot in the New York TV market, whatever that means. And Syracuse doesn't?

weeslicket 3 years, 3 months ago

to repeat a post on another thread: thanks so much to the ncaa for choosing to ruin college athletics in the pursuit of greed. because of ncaa (monetary) policies:

pittsburgh is now located on the atlantic coast. and so is syracuse. miami is located somewhere in new england. and so is louisville. also tcu. colorado exists on the pacific coast, or near arizona. i don't know where notre dame is located (please help me understand, ncaa). texas has it's own agenda, yet not it's own conference (wait for it). and so does oklahoma.

thank so much, ncaa.

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