Sly Fox wrote: ↑July 2nd, 2022, 9:55 am Notre Dame is obviously the only thing holding up this process. They still have their NBC football deal. But I suspect the B1G would be happy to work with them in exchange for bringing their brand into the fold. Once again, that may result in another Indiana school or two getting the boot. And while the SEC sounds like a crazy idea for folks in South Bend, we are talking billion dollar business these days. So anything is possible.Based on Budgets your scenario has Purdue getting the boot. But you said 2 schools from Indiana getting the boot from The B1G. You honestly believe they’d trade Purdue AND IU for Notre Dame? That seems a bridge too far IMO
Allegedly Washington & Oregon are waiting on the Irish to find out if they get an invitation to the $100M+ Club. Stanford seems less enthusiastic but obviously would be the final piece to sew up the Pacific Time Zone for the B1G. The folks in Berkeley know their position in the food chain.
The big question now becomes do the two super leagues go to 24 schools apiece? I honestly think that is the endgame. But that could be a short or long term agenda. There is no question that Sankey is feeling the heat to improve his position.
If the Pac craters, the Big XII obviously is best positioned to move on the leftovers. And there are some very valuable properties to be had. Cal would freak about being in the same league with Baylor & BYU but realignment makes for some strange bedfellows. And the Bay Area remains a prize for any league. With BYU already in the fold, Utah is less attractive to the Big XII. Colorado seems like a slam dunk for a return. In fact, they may be the first move if the B1G and SEC indicate they aren't interested. Keep in mind the Mountain Time Zone may be the smallest in total numbers but just two markets essentually sew it up: Denver & Phoenix. If the Big XII were to score CU, ASU & UA it would substantially increase its value. Not to Pre-Texas/Oklahoma exit levels. But not very far behind. This all assumes the guy who was just named yesterday as the next Big XII Commish coming from Jaz-Z's Roc Nation can pull all of this off. The Pac-12 Commish from Vegas is nearly as new and will be trying to poach Big XII schools to keep his league alive. It might be survival of the fittest between the two leagues. The MWC will gladly accept the scraps left behind.
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