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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 15, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:57 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. If they ever get enough teams that want to bow down to all of Texas' demands, I am thinking the two divisons will be called LONG and HORNS.

And you do realize this means that Texas travels to Ft. Worth and Morganville next year, correct? Someone already stated, but let me reiterate. Texas played at Missouri and A&M last season. Those 2 teams left.

Texas getting both home dates is not a conspiracy. It's them getting their home dates against Missouri and A&M's replacements.

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:50 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally


Do you really want to go there?   Getting to the BCS bowls from the Big East might seem easy, but the victories themselves are the proof.  WVU has 3 BCS victories to your zero attempts (but that's OK, Kansas won "your" Orange Bowl for the Big XII).

Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:43 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

Texas played both Mizzou and A&M in Columbia and College Station this past season.  TCU was given A&M's "rotation" and WVU was given Mizzou's.  Therefore, both TCU and WVU play Texas in Austin this year.

Personally, I was hoping TCU would be slotted in Mizzou's old schedule, and WVU in A&M's, since TCU played in Waco last season and Fort Worth is a (much) easier road trip for me than Morgantown.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:42 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

texas is on the top college in the nation you are so jealous because of that

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:30 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. If they ever get enough teams that want to bow down to all of Texas' demands, I am thinking the two divisons will be called LONG and HORNS.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:30 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

Notre Dame gets eyeballs.  They are the Yankees of college football.  The NBC contract alone is for a reported $10 million a year.  this is not abouts sports and competition.  It is about money and nothing else.
Agreed that Notre Dame football is a nationwide brand based on their religious affiliation and past history. But mens and womens basketball (and other non-revenue olympic sports) do NOT generate alot of "eyeballs" as it were. The discussions with the Texas AD would exclude football from Big 12 conference play.

As far as being the "Yankees of college football", I'm sure you're talking about their reputation and not the results from the last two decades. They are becoming increasingly irrelevant.

I'm not sure it's about money with Notre Dame either. Indiana received 17 milliion as their cut from the Big Ten Network in 2010 (more than NDs contract with NBC), the year before Nebraska joined. And they're (Indiana) consistently in the bottom of Big Ten football. For Notre Dame, I think it's more about santimonious arrogance.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:15 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

I agree with the comments below. The way the conference scheduled the last weekend was awful. They should have filled it with rivalry games. OU v OSU, KU v KSU, Baylor v TCU, and Texas v Tech should have all been on the last weekend.

Someone below was talking about adding Notre Dame for non football sports. They add NOTHING if they don't bring their football team. Just look at how much stability that have brought to the Big East. Adding Notre Dame as a non football team would be awful and would just destabilize the conference. Either ND comes with football (which probably wont happen) or doesn't come at all.  

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:07 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

Could the Oklahoma schools move Bedlam to Thanksgiving? How about the Friday before Thanksgiving?

Is it just me or is there no rivalry games on the last weekend of the season? Texas at Kansas State? Kansas at West Virginia? Really?

Have Texas at Kansas State and Kansas at West Virginia play Oct. 6 and West Virginia at Texas and Kansas at Kansas State on Dec. 1.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:03 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

How about a new rule that unless your conference literally dissolves, you can only switch conferences two times over a 20 year span.  This is getting ridiculous when a team moves to one conference just to give itself leverage to move to another conference.  Louisville, really?  Didn't they just join the Big East like 6 years ago?  C'mon Man!

Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:02 pm

Big 12 schedule released -- finally

Of course maybe the Mizzou Board of Curators could hold a press conference to decide to vote to approve to authorize the board to allow the U President the athority to commission a study on the feasbility of holding another press conference next week to announce they are looking into the possibility competing in the SEC.

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