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Big 12 schedule released -- finally

Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:05 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 3:30 pm

It was the most anticipated schedule since Elvis’ coat went on tour

The Big 12 finally released its 2012 football schedule on Tuesday – most of it, at least – to the relief of schools and scores of sportswriters. Don’t forget the fans. They’re they ones who apparently crashed West Virginia’s website briefly on Tuesday.

The primary news was the school finally extricating itself legally from the Big East. Call it the legal version of all those switchbacks in the state’s noted mountain landscape. The delay built anticipation. The schedule release itself could have been sold as a prime-time event.

(I just put an idea into a marketer’s mind somewhere but moving on …) To put Tuesday’s developments in perspective, the Pac-12 and SEC released their schedules in late December and early January. The delay also means it's a sellers’ market, if you’re a football bottom feeder willing to yourself to the highest bidder. There is talk of I-AA schools (FBS) with openings on their schedule getting $800,000-$1 million to come get their butts beat by a BCS school.

Either the Big 12 or Big East was going to get screwed by where West Virginia ended up. Turns out it’s the Big East – although $20 million richer – that is looking for an extra non-conference game for its teams now that the Mountaineers have left. That could change if somehow Boise State is able to get to the Big East in 2012

That’s why the simple release of a football schedule became an economic mystery.

Interim commissioner Chuck Neinas promised a Feb. 1 deadline. It came and went with only TV partners getting a copy. Somehow Texas Tech’s schedule slipped out early on Friday. Apparently forgotten was the fact there are people – some call them fans – trying to schedule and budget in order to see some of those Big 12 games. They will do so knowing that Oklahoma still had two holes in its schedule, although there are indications contracts could be signed shortly.

In a weird piece of realignment fallout, West Virginia paid the Big East that $20 million for the right to go to Ames, Iowa. That’s another way of saying that Iowa State is the Mountaineers’ closest opponent now that it is in the 10-team Big 12.

“We had a great legal team,” said Oliver Luck, West Virginia’s AD.

Hooray for that. Courtroom prowess replaced proximity in the mad realignment dash long ago. The Big East and whatever Conference USA/Mountain West calls itself in the future are spread coast to coast. Texas AD DeLoss Dodds continues to work on Notre Dame forming some kind of non-football alliance with the Big 12. Never mind that the closest Big 12 school for the Irish is two states away.

Louisville desperately wants into the Big 12. BYU still might be a possibility in the future. The Big 12 could get to 11 easily in 2013. The problem is finding a 12th team that is a good fit. So Tuesday’s announcement is one of those clip-and-save moments. It’s a 10-team Big 12 for now. There are still some holes in the schedule but at least we have a working model.

Back in November Big 12 officials flew out to Morgantown for a reception welcoming the Mountaineers as a replacement for Texas A&M or Missouri. Not sure which. It doesn’t matter. TCU is also in after a slightly shorter dalliance itself with the Big East.

Point is, the unification of Big East defector and the Pure Prairie League didn’t become reality until Tuesday. Time for another reception?

“As you may be aware the Big 12 is a very stable conference,” Luck added.

 We’re not but that’s not the point right now.


The highlights …

--The “new” Big 12 kicks off Sept. 15 with TCU playing its first Big 12 game at Kansas.

--Each team will have a double-bye, the function of 12 games being played in a 14-week college football calendar in 2012.

 --The first beer served in a Big 12 game since Colorado was a member will be Sept. 29 when Baylor visits for West Virginia’s conference opener. We’ll let that issue breath a bit as you consider alcohol-serving state school vs. Baptist flagship.

For now, call it the Lawsuit Bowl. Five months ago Baylor was threatening to sue the SEC over its “poaching” of Texas A&M. West Virginia had sued the Big East to get out of the conference (and were sued right back).

 --Eight of the 10 teams will be in action on the last day of the season (Dec. 1). That’s a brilliant piece of scheduling making it more likely that the Big 12 title will be in play the same weekend as the SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten play conference title games.

Last year, Oklahoma State clinched the title on the last day of the season against Oklahoma. Robert Griffin III more or  less clinched the Heisman Trophy on the same day after beating Texas.

--The conference's showcase game -- the Red River Shootout -- is Oct. 13 the week after Oklahoma plays at Texas Tech and Texas hosts West Virginia.

 In case you’re counting this is the third different lineup for the Big 12 in three years.  This time it just might work – at least until Notre Dame says yes. Just don’t put a deadline on it.  


Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:20 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

Once again, I would like to extend my thanks to Iowa State University's football team.
The University of Alabama could not have won the national championship without you.
Go Cyclones & Roll Tide!
Alabama 21   LSU Zereaux

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:47 am

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

I would like to see Louisville and Cincinnatti join the big 12 as well. That would at least give West Virginia 2 states that border their own.

Since: Aug 10, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:05 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

...I think WVU will be able to beat Texas regardless where they play.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:21 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

Hey Suicidaire. Where the hell is "Morganville?'

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:36 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:31 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

texas is on the top college in the nation you are so jealous because of that
Going to school wasn't your strong suit was it buddy?

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:15 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

So I am dumb.... or was it just the comment. Was basically just giving one of many scopes of why schools in the past and maybe in the near future want to leave the conference. They will not stop until they own the conference......period. No explanation needed. Just found it interesting, that they will even suck next year that they had home games against the new teams. They will be an 8 win team at best. But, they own the conference now, so just found it weird, not bias. Wish OK and Okie St had the balls to leave. Pllenty of other Texas bias things to right about besides who they get to play, but that will wait for another day....... hopefully more comments from non-Texas I rule the conference.......

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:32 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

Notre ame will not join the B12, they will ride the deal they have with Big East till there are no teams willing to play a late OOC game and even then could probally get the Big East teams to agree to play them.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:26 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

"We had a great legal team" says WV athletic director Oliver Luck. Hahah...yeah, they only had to pay $20 million! What a dumbass.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:13 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

"Find it interesting that Texas gets both new comers at home. Just another of hundreds of examples why some teams left the conference."

Even though two other people have already rebutted this drivel, your statement was dumb enough to deserve at least one more.

Why does it matter if Texas gets both teams at home?  Does Texas get more home games and fewer road games than the other teams?  Nope - everybody gets either 5 home and 4 road, or 4 home and 5 road (alternating every year), except Texas and OU who get 4 of each because they play each other at a neutral site each year.  So, Texas getting WVU and TCU both at home just means that only 2 of their other 7 conference games are at home.

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