Wednesday Morning Medicine And Links

Posted on Sep 21 2011 - 10:05am by Brent Lepping

 

First we were screwed……now we’re unscrewed…….then we were gonna implode……now it looks like we’re going to un-implode……well sort of – it appears that we’re going to save the conference by adding Navy and Air Force. Awesome, got it.

*On a side note, I love how some of these conferences  (Big East included) are using academics as a fraudulent method for  inclusion and admission. Because nothing says “academics first” like sending the field hockey team out to Colorado Springs on a Thursday afternoon for a two hour game which will cost them 2-3 days of classes. Stay gold, NCAA.

– So, as we understand it, the latest conference realignment scenarios are as followed: The PAC-12 has decided to halt further expansion, which will leave Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas as part of the Big 12. Therefore the Big East will not end as we know it and be forced to join the left over scraps from the Big 12. Also, this means that the ACC and SEC will likely have reshuffled the deck for absolutely no reason. I wonder how the ACC feels about having to split more of their revenue this morning. Probably not the wisest decision to panic and make those moves prematurely.

In the end, Texas A&M, Uconn and Pitt (who between the three have combined for a whopping 5 Top-25 finishes since 2005) caused much ado about nothing.

– This Austin, Texas sports writer thinks Louisville could still be targeted by the Big 12

Pittsburgh and Notre Dame had been prime targets for the Big 12 — before the former announced last weekend that it would join the Atlantic Coast Conference and the latter maintained its plan to remain a football independent. Big 12 sources have mentioned Brigham Young, Louisville, Cincinnati, TCU and West Virginia as other possible schools to approach.

– The Big East will force Pitt and Uconn to stay members of the conference until June of 2014. This will give officials plenty of time to water down the league with the Villanova’s and Air Force’s of the world.

– Here’s a quick rundown of how the Cardinals in the NFL fared in week 2. Another huge game for former Super Bowl MVP, Deion Branch

Deion Branch (New England, Wide Receiver) – Branch had a monstrous game in the Patriots’ 35-21 victory over San Diego. He finished the game with eight catches for 129 yards (16.1 average), with a long of 33 yards.

– Last night Kentucky picked up its first commitment of 2012 in 5-star Arkansas shooting guard Archie Goodwin. After multiple reports yesterday confirmed that John Calipari and the Cats held “strong interest” from Gary Harris after a recent in-home visit, this latest commitment from Goodwin could halt some of that good-will and increase Louisville’s chances.

– Finally, check out Big East commissioner John Marinatto in this video from last night, directly after his meeting with Big East AD’s.

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  1. Cool Card September 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I heard Archie Goodwin is making his choice today. Are we in the mix? How does he compare to Rozier?

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  2. Dr. J September 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    I'm happy that this conference stuff seems to be winding down for now. Looks like UofL will be in the BEAST (in basketball) for the time being. I still think that UofL needs to look at different long term options and be proactive about jumping the bandwagon and hooking up with a new conference. What are the most likely situations down the road?

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  3. Brent Lepping September 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Hopefully we jump ship to the Big 12.

    Revamping the BEast into a glorified version of C-USA is not the answer. I think we hold our breath and hope for that B-12 invite (remember, they’re down to only 9 members, so we would be a logical choice).

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