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What conference should KU join?

Response Percent Votes
19% 629
Big Ten
18% 607
Mountain West
14% 464
13% 449
13% 433
Big East
10% 342
9% 297
Total 3221


LogicMan 7 years, 7 months ago

Or better yet start over, using the Big 8 or 12 name that we'll own with the other survivors. Who knows, maybe CU, NU, etc. will get homesick for their friends and traditional rivals after getting routinely beaten on the field and when recruiting in their new mega-conferences.

LogicMan 7 years, 7 months ago

One more piece of the puzzle: Just as State College/University Park, PA did to attract the Big 10, we need to expand our airport to accommodate a jet or two capable of carrying football teams in and out. Ours is currently about 1000 feet shorter, and 50 feet narrower, and the runway is likely too thin. From Google Earth, one farmhouse and road to the southeast would need to be relocated.

I'd recommend a small, new, simple terminal ("Butler Building") at the northwest corner that has a couple of retractable jetways for easy loading/unloading. And a nice but durable hotel, with a practice field and large meeting and feeding building, just to the west of the new terminal that would accommodate an opposing team, and ours when getting ready to go to an away-game.

pz5g1 7 years, 7 months ago

Whatever conference will take us at this point.

DRsmith 7 years, 7 months ago

LOL...Big 10? Seriously people, they don't want KU, you shouldn't want them.

slowplay 7 years, 7 months ago

"ACC is not interested and is just flying under the radar". I wouldn't say "not interested". They might make a play for Kansas and K-State. They realize they will never be a football powerhouse conference, but they could become the elite basketball conference in the country. If they stand on the sidelines, and let other conferences become "Super Conferences" it will kill them financially.

Alexander Smith 7 years, 7 months ago

LOL Big 10. ANYWAY, don't recommend it. Big 10 will destroy KU. LOL, after KU would join Big 10 I can Bill Self's over paid contract drop from 30 mil to umm maybe 300k. He would lose that bad. Plus Big 10 doesn’t want KU anyway, Big 10 runs with Universities that show respect for their opponents. WHICH KU is notorious as having disrespectful fans and horrible hosts. Also, Big 10 only likes to deal with schools that place academics of their players first.. as you can see in the recent past with KU players going pro after a year. That’s not true.

Anyway, I am not sure who WOULD take KU, I know a lot of different conferences would pick up K-State though. I asked a close friend who works in the Big 10, he flat out said that “based on the attitudes and reputation of poor sportsmanship and lack of loyalty of its players to the school; we do not want KU in our conference.”

hungryhustler 7 years, 7 months ago

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BigDog 7 years, 7 months ago

Two statements ....Big 10 would destroy KU .... you might want to research how Bill Self did at Illinois .... with lesser players

Second statement .... Big 10 places academic on their players first .... yeah ..... maybe Northwestern and a few others. The universities themselves may be more academic universities but to say the athletes at Michigan State, Ohio State, etc. have higher academics than those of other conferences is a bit of an exaggeration

Frederic Gutknecht IV 7 years, 7 months ago

They should join The Big Ate up like a soup sandwich!~)

jhwk215 7 years, 7 months ago

@theironmouse: "as you can see in the recent past with KU players going pro after a year"

-one player has been a one and done. i dont know who these "players" are except for Henry

slowplay 7 years, 7 months ago

KU is not a player right now. The basketball program will get them into any conference they want. KU can afford to let the dust settle then make a the best decision possible.

DRsmith 7 years, 7 months ago

Except for the BIg 10 and Pac 10 or course.

Randall Barnes 7 years, 7 months ago

yep none of them want ku because they don't want a better school in their confrence ....

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years, 7 months ago

Why does everyone want to be in the ACC? Is it a basketball thing?

Good luck going 30-2 in the ACC in basketball. I think it'd be wiser to look for a stuation like Memphis is in...dominate your conference, walk into the tourney with a 1 or 2 seed every year. Think you'll get a 1 seed when your finish 6th in the ACC?

Use your heads people!

RogueThrill 7 years, 7 months ago

Except we wouldn't be able to recruit while playing in the CUSA or MWC. We wouldn't be on TV. We wouldn't make as much money. We likely wouldn't keep our coach.

So no, we wouldn't prefer a crappy conference.

James Findley 7 years, 7 months ago

If you think we will finish sixth in the ACC against those dogs then you obviously have the brain of a goose. I THINK YOU SHOULD USE YOUR HEAD RETARD!!

uplock 7 years, 7 months ago

You have to be invited people! Show me the invitation.

overthemoon 7 years, 7 months ago

If we join the Mountain West conference can we get some mountains?

Gregory Newman 7 years, 7 months ago

Every last one of you have lost your mind. KU and KSU does not have a long history of winning in football. KU basketball holds the MONEY for any conference. Get ready to GULP. There maybe a split between football and basketball as conference play goes and so what everyone will survive except the bowls they will disappear with this BS. Football as you see it now the excitement will leave with it. RELAX take it out on your girl.

newmedia 7 years, 7 months ago

The Cats could rule in the Missouri Valley. Maybe.

del888 7 years, 7 months ago

Leave it the way it is. Goodbye Nebraska & Colorado. That leaves us with 10 teams in the conference. No more of this 'north & south' division. 10 teams is the perfect number. The Big 10 already has 12 teams, so why can't the Big 12 have 10 teams?

NoSpin 7 years, 7 months ago

The Big 10 conference would be the most logical place for KU. I know they think they are Harvard-like institutions, but their higher acceptance standards are based on population of their states. As far as people thinking we will get beat up on in sports... we will fit in fine in basketball. Bill Self has a little experience there if I remember correctly. The Big 10 has great football with Penn St, THE Ohio St, Michigan, MSU and Wisconsin, however let us not forget the juggernauts of Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue, Minnesota, and Iowa/Illinois as of late. It would be fun to see the Wolverines come to town.

nascarmomma 7 years, 7 months ago

stay at the big 12, heck invite some other places to replace NE & Colo. We don't need them anyway! I would hate to see KU, KSU & MU broke up! We will survive!

Freestater456 7 years, 7 months ago

Slowplay I hate to tell you this but KU basketball will NOT get KU in to any conference that they want. In case you havent noticed this is not about basketball. There is already a tournament in basketball so the maximum amount of revenue as already been discovered. The millions of dollars that people are fighting for right now are hidden in a college football playoff. Don't be over confident like most KU fans and think that basketball will get KU in to the major conference of their choice. Bill Self even said that it was sad that KU's rich basketball history meant nothing during the realignment talks. At this point KU and KSU fans better hope the Big XII stays together.

Munchener 7 years, 7 months ago

This realignment episode is a great time to straighten things out. Somehow the Athletic Corporations are now directing the universities, and this is the time for chancellors and presidents to take back control of the university and the athletic corporations.

This realignment - as well as big time intercollegiate athletics in general - is about money. So, chancellors of all major universities should say NO! No realignments will occur until each athletic corporation agrees to give the chancellor of their university 50 percent of the gross revenues from tv contracts and bowl revenues. Then they can negotiate rent for the stadium and fieldhouse, and perhaps better wages for the student-athletes.

Alternatively, they could put all these corporations off-campus and let them operate a minor league franchise, paying substantial royalties to use the name of the University as the team name. And cities can collect sales taxes on the corporations sales.

overthemoon 7 years, 7 months ago

agree on the minor league franchise. that's what it is already and the school gets none of the money.

Clovis Sangrail 7 years, 7 months ago

I am still pushing to get the old Big Six Conference recreated --

KU K-State Iowa State Missouri University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Northern Iowa

I think this is a great idea -- easy travel for everyone, and no one can say that UNI can't run with the big dogs -- but the chancellor, she never returns my calls or answers my emails.

Charlie Bannister 7 years, 7 months ago

Just take whatever is left and whoever wants to be in it and call it the Midwest Conference, similar to SEC (Southeast Conference). That way there is no reference to how many teams are in it, so it doesn't have to be periodically renamed. Seems logical and simple to me.

1029 7 years, 7 months ago

My neighbor's roommate works at the Athletic Department and she says that Kansas is going to create a new conference called the Kansas and Friends Superconference of the Middle States. I'm not sure that I believe her, though. She lies alot and sometimes she steals money from my neighbor.

Prairielander 7 years, 7 months ago

The best scenario may be to keep the Big XII alive with the five remaining schools long enough to collect the revenue penalties charges to the seven schools that leave. Maybe that would make up for the past-due Kvisto payments and some of the other AD debt.

Daniel Speicher 7 years, 7 months ago

It all comes down to money that the school can bring into the conference. Conference leadership is not concerned about level of play nearly as much as they are concerned about the brand that the school offers. Nebraska was an easy pick for The Big Ten, due to it's long history of football dominance (even if it has been less than stunning in the past fifteen years.) The brand for Nebraska stood as a high marketing possibility, both in merchandising and in ratings possibility when their football team plays on TV. Colorado is a bit of a head-scratcher for me, personally, they do not hold the brand that Nebraska does... But, then again, PAC 10 isn't quite the conference that the Big 10 is, either.

It would appear that the PAC 10 will be eating up the vast majority of the southern part of the Big 12 conference, leaving only Texas A&M and Baylor behind. Texas A&M has a seemingly open invitation for the SEC. This leaves behind some fairly quality schools that won't have a home once the Longhorns make their switch to the PAC 10 official.

I think Kansas will have a home in a BCS conference, easily. I think the PAC 10 would offer an invitation and Mountain West DEFINITELY would be interested. I would argue that the ACC would be interested due to the strong basketball conference that has been built. The SEC and the Big 10 are out due to the strong football programs they have there... We'd bring in minimal income at that level. The Big East would be viable from both financial perspectives, but it is the one conference where distance between schools would not only be inconvenient, but very detrimental to the education of the student athelete.

My biggest fears are for K-State and Baylor. Here are two schools that do not have strong football OR basketball histories. They have spotty success and large numbers of years where they were completely unsuccessful. Both of these teams seem like good fits for Conference USA or Missouri Valley. This is unfortunate as they will lose a TON of revenue. But, on the bright side, they both will be big fish in relatively small ponds, which may increase their fan base, even if it decreases their overall income.

This leaves Iowa St and, now, Missouri (since the Big 10 shut the door in their faces.) Either of these teams could end up in big conference or mid-majors. If they go mid-major, it seems like both would be a lock for Missouri Valley. If they get invited to the BCS conferences, it would seem as though Mountain West would be their only viable option. By the time the PAC 10 gets done taking in half the Big 12, the chances of them taking in more seems unlikely. And, the Big 10 have already expressed disinterest in Mizzou, Iowa St seems like an unlikely brand to move up north if the Tigers couldn't get in. (The only saving grace would be the potential of a big ratings boost for a yearly in-state rivalry between Iowa and Iowa St.)

--Danny Speicher

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