Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 180
Having a good day: The guy who invented the Intensive Care Unit. That's where the Big 12 is right now. As of Sunday evening, the patient had a pulse. There were reports of a last-ditch effort to save the Big 12 that has 10 as opposed to the Big Ten that has 12. The 10 remaining Big 12 schools were trying to rustle up some TV numbers that would be agreeable to everyone. One problem: The current number being thrown out is $17 million per school. That's the same number the Pac-10 has figured for a 16-team league even before it goes out to bid.
Having the bad day: Texas is going to get paid one way or another in the big picture, but it won't be playing in the College World Series. Just like college athletics, Texas owns Omaha. The baseball Horns are one of the most frequent visitors to the CWS. Sunday's super regional elimination by TCU avoided a potentially embarrassing situation: Texas playing in front of Nebraska fans a few days after the Huskers left/were forced to leave for the Big Ten.
Quote of the day: "Contrary to a published report, TCU would not lobby against another institution possibly seeking membership in the Mountain West Conference." --statement from TCU after a report that the school was against the Mountain West adding Baylor. More than a few Froggies remember that Baylor was included in original Big 12 formation, rather than TCU.
Link of the day: You can track Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott's tour of Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas here. Oregon booster and former AD Pat Kilkenny lent his plane to Scott and deputy commish Kevin Weiberg for what are reportedly campus visits to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas. At least. It is not known if any formal invites were issued. Still up in the air -- along with Air Scott -- was Texas A&M which, as of Sunday night, was still trying to decide between the Pac-10 and SEC. According to flightaware.com, Air Scott landed Sunday night at Kansas City International. That would suggest that Kansas is next on the list. If A&M goes to the SEC then the thinking goes that the last invite would go to either Kansas or Utah.
On tap: Me, on vacation. See you in two weeks. Please have this realignment thing cleared up by then.