The road to Big 10 expansion is taking a pitiful turn in Kansas. The attempts by the Chancellor of KU to convince Nebraska not to bail on the Big 10 is now reportedly being joined by Kansas politicians. The trouble is that instead of getting on their knees begging the Huskers to stay, KU officials and supporters should be saying "can we come too?"Kansas in the Big 10 makes a lot of sense. The Big 10 represents the Midwest, and in some ways the heart of America (especially if you're Ricky Stanzi). If anything, the idea of Kansas speaks of the Midwest as much as Iowa or Ohio or Michigan. It seems a natural fit for the conference.Of course expansion has more to do with money and markets than it does with symbolism. But that still isn't stopping The Big 10 from looking at Nebraska. The status of the football program has a lot to do with it too. Nebraska football, while not as good as the glory days of the '80's and '90's, does seem to be on the rebound. Last year's team, featuring Ndamukong Suh, nearly beat Texas last year in the Big 12 Championship, and nearly blew up the BCS with it. (You have to wonder if that extra time put on the clock at the end of the game has anything to do with Nebraska's desire to move.)Kansas' football team, on the other hand is in a bit of a freefall after the Mark Mangino debacle. Though if Turner Gill can set the Jayhawks back on course things will be looking up. That boat should be heading north toward the Big 10 though. Especially if the Texas schools bolt to the Pac-10.There is one exciting possibility of a Kansas move to Big 10 nobody seems to be looking at. That's KU basketball in the Big 10. Big 10 basketball with Kansas would be huge. Imagine KU playing Michigan State or Purdue several times a year. More interesting than playing Baylor and Texas Tech, isn't it? Sadly, it seems that basketball seems to be taking a backseat to football.Kansas should be looking at what's best for the school in the wake of a possible collapse. Trying to keep the band together seems to be a lost cause.(via Dr. Saturday)
Say it ain't so, Pete. A bat Pete Rose used in 1985 turns out to have been corked. Next thing you'll tell me is that he bet on baseball games. Oh wait. (Deadspin)Aaron go postal. Aaron Rogers lobbies some verbal shots at Tony Kornheiser and Ron Jaworski. (Shutdown Corner)Glimmer of hope for Clippers fans? David Giffen reportedly interested in buying controlling interest in the Los Angeles Clippers. (SB Nation)
The ACC and SEC Blog asked the stupidest question of the day regarding Expansion and Georgia Tech. "Would Georgia lawmakers step in and fight for Georgia Tech’s athletic future? Or would the interests of the dominant University of Georgia win out?"T. Kyle King of Dawg Sports probably gives the best answer."Um, like, no, or something."Spoken like a true Dawg.Seriously though, Georgia Tech probably wouldn't need the kind of legislative intervention to secure an invite to the SEC that Baylor would probably need to get into the Big 10. Tech's athletic program is nothing to sneeze at. While the SEC already has the Atlanta market through Georgia, it wouldn't have to think twice about adding Tech if they wanted to. Especially if the conference wanted to add four teams.(The ACC and SEC Blog, Dawg Sports)
(Your Moment of Tebowness is SWRT's recurring feature on the cultural phenomenon that is His Tebowness. Everyone else is doing it, so why can't I?)STACK TV was recently on hand when Tim Tebow was at a Nike Football Combine in Oakland. His Tebowness shared his experience of training with the Denver Broncos. Along with that he gave some information on his diet.(STACK TV )In other related Tebowness, ESPN has a half-serious comparison between Tebow and Washington Nationals wunderkind Stephen Strausberg. In comparing the rookies' eye color (both blue), Tebow gets the advantage because "Tebow's eyes appear blue in photographs, but in person you see whatever color you want, much like looking through a prism or into a waterfall." This may be the weirdest or most disturbing Tebowism ever. (ESPN)Dan Shanoff on the BroncoGator. Shanoff, possibly the biggest pro-Tebow supporter in the media, takes a look at the BroncoGator craze, and it not too thrilled about it."I see no reason to flaunt that connection like some sort of weird hybrid animal, like we are on the Island of Dr. Moreau. The point is this: The "BroncoGator" logo is, unintentionally, a farce -- creating a mockery of Gator fans-turned-Broncos fans far more than it is honoring them."Do not taunt the BroncoGator, Dan. The BroncoGator is a force you cannot comprehend. That is why you mock it. Learn to respect the BroncoGator before the BroncoGator makes you respect it.(TIMTEBLOG)
Alligator Alley found this commercial Urban Meyer cut for The Village Jeweler in Gainesville, Florida. Like Meyer needs any more rings.That gator ring with the mouth that opens and shuts seems a little audacious for Meyer's tastes. But that Gator guitar he's strumming does look sweet. (Do they have a UGA model?)(via Alligator Alley)
Clemson's Kyle Parker drafted by the Colorado Rockies. The chances Parker will be playing for the Clemson Tigers in the fall seem to be slim to none. (The State, via Dr. Saturday)In other news Clemson would rather not think about. The Butner Federal Correctional Complex (better known at a Federal Prison) has dorms named after ACC colleges. The Clemson dorm houses Bernie Madoff. (Dr. Saturday)Georgia Tech remembers 1990. Georgia Tech announces plans to honor the 1990 squad coached by Bobby Ross that won a share of the mythical national championship. (Atlanta-Journal Constitution)Be afraid, Georgia. Be very afraid. Reasons why Georgia fans should be concerned about Tennessee in 2010, from a Dawg point of view. (Dawg Sports)Update on Mark Herzlich. A look at the Boston College outside linebacker's life as a cancer survivor. He looks a lot different without the mohawk. (Philadelphia Inquirer, via Eagle in Atlanta and EDSBS)Laying the smacketh downeth on Twitter in Chapel Hill. Roy Williams lays down guidelines on what his players can say on Twitter. It looks like he didn't like what Larry Drew said about the departed Wear twins (The Dagger, via Blue vs. Blue)
"Conference Realignment Will Tear Us All Apart." Deadspin takes a cynical look at the Big 10 and Pac-10 pushes for expansion. (Cue the Joy Division) (Deadspin)So Bryce to be with you. Point guard Bryce Cartwright commits to Iowa. Don't be afraid of Black Heart Gold Pants, Bryce. They don't bite. (Black Heart Gold Pants)So long it's been good to know you. Michigan assistant coach Mike Jackson leaves to take job at Purdue (The Wolverine Blog)Don't leave me this way. Cue the Kansas chancellor begs Nebraska counterpart not to bolt the Big 12 for the Big 10 (Cue the Thelma Houston. Or The Communards, if you prefer) (NCAA Gridiron Gab)Art appreciation. Michigan sophomore Craig Roh inspires this piece of fan art.(MGoBlog)
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)MLB Draft tonight. Hyped to the hilt prospect Road Warrior Animal Bryce Harper is expected to be drafted first by the Washington Nationals. (Yahoo! Sports)Cavaliers looking at Tom Izzo. The Cavs are willing to do anything to keep LeBron. For some reason the Adam Ant song "Desperate But Not Serious" comes to mind. (Yahoo! Sports)Shrinking Violent. UFC fighter Frank Mir is looking to drop to the UFC light heavyweight division. He's currently around 240 and would have to drop 35 pounds or so to 205. Anything to not have to fight Brock Lesnar. (Cagewriter)Stupid protest idea of the day. FlashForward fans plan "blackout" in front of ABC offices to protest the show's cancellation. I liked the show. But both ABC and the producers are both to blame for the show not taking off. Putting the show on Thursday nights against Survivor, The Office, and Bones, is not a formula for success. Neither is putting the show on hiatus for three months, using not wanting to compete with the Winter Olympics (which lasted two weeks) as an excuse. Then bringing the show back the night of the start of the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament. ABC seems to be blacked out behind the wheel already. (Warming Glow)Cool move of the day. Atlanta Falcons players scheduled to take military veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan from fishing. And bringing some cheerleaders along with them. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The first casualty in the current expansion chaos looks like the dream match-up of the Mountain West and Boise State. The conference was expected to invite Boise St. to join by today. But with the all but certain collapse of the Big 12, the invite was put on hold. It looks now like the MWC will be looking adding what scraps of the Big 12 they can get.This is in the end a probable good move. The idea of inviting the Broncos has everything to do with getting an automatic BCS bid. The possibility of adding current Big 12 schools such as Kansas, Kansas State and even possibly Colorado (if the PAC-10 is forced to drop its reported invite in favor of Baylor) can't be ignored. While not the most prime of cuts, the remaining Big-12 schools would increase the chances of joining the BCS.(via SB Nation)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)Mark Ingram's future at Alabama. Heisman winner Mark Ingram dodged questions on whether he would enter the draft after the 2010 college football season. (al.com)The top 15 local media packages in dollars. Eight of the fifteen are SEC or ACC schools. Well, seven are SEC, and North Carolina has the ACC's only spot on the list. (Leather Helmet Blog)Miami strikes it big. The Hurricanes get two big commitments. (The 7th Floor)Dooley's Doo. More on Derek Dooley's hair. (Fanhouse)Christian Ponder's focus is on Seminole wins, and not winning the Heisman, so he says (Fanhouse)
(Your Moment of Tebowness is SWRT's recurring feature on the cultural phenomenon that is His Tebowness. Everyone else is doing it, so why can't I?)Here's some video of a moment many people were probably curious of seeing. That being Tim Tebow in his full Denver Broncos' uniform. This is another clip from the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere.Tebow in Broncos' gear looks quite different from the Tebow we knew in college. While His Tebowness is no stranger to blue and orange, the darker blue is quite a change from the Gator blue known to college football viewers. Also, notice the socks. they're pulled up to the hilt. Gone is the youthfulness of the NCAA, replaced with the rigid professionalism of the NFL.Tebow in his Broncos' uni is different from the Tebow of days gone by. At Florida, he was a young adult enjoying the rush of the college game. Now, in the NFL he's a man. A man with a mission (besides his obvious Evangelical one). A mission to prove his critics wrong. And now he's dressed for the part.Still, everything isn't all business for his Tebowness. He is getting time to relax and show off the qualities that made his Florida years so legendary, Here, he is giving one young lad a moment he will never forget.Tebow is a man of the moment now, but he knows how important the future is.
With the collapse of the Big 12 through the machinations of the Big 10 and Pac-10 looking more and more imminent there begins to be a need for villains and scapegoats. Dan Wetzel of Rivals.com provides both, with Big 10 commissioner Jim Delany (pictured) and the Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe in the respective roles.Wetzel's column uses the backdrop of the failed push for a playoff a few years ago by the SEC and ACC. The moved was opposed by the traditionally joined at the hip Big 10 and Pac-10. Dan Beebe decided to side with the later two conferences, and the idea was dead in the water.Wetzel claims that Delany's opposition had more to do with self interest than tradition."It’s clear now that Delany used opposition to a football playoff not to preserve some bit of “tradition.” His expansion plans clearly indicate he cares nothing about that. It certainly wasn’t done for the sake of aiding Big Ten football, since a playoff with on-campus home games likely would’ve helped his teams.The goal was to starve out the Big 12, Big East and even the ACC of the hundreds of millions a playoff would’ve given them and thus turn the future of college sports into a battle of television sets."Wetzel is even more vicious on Beebe, treating him like an hapless Daniel Webster to Delany's devil."Delany couldn’t assure that the Big Ten would’ve done well in a football playoff. Maybe the league would’ve succeeded, maybe not. With 26 percent of the nation’s population, tradition rich clubs and its own cable network though, the Big Ten will always dominate if everything boils down to TV revenue. It was a genius, cutthroat throat play. He set the terms of the game so he’d win. The Pac-10, led by aggressive new commissioner Larry Scott, is taking advantage also. I’m not blaming Delany here. I may not believe a 16-team Big Ten (or Pac-10) is in the best interest of the league’s current members (or the NCAA as a whole), but it’s not that big of a deal to me. Whatever happens, happens. Besides, it’s not Delany’s fault he’s smarter than the other guys."Sure you do, Dan.Wetzel suggests Beebe is not only responsible for the in all probable collapse of the Big 12, but also for college football losing out of hundreds of millions of dollars that could have been made from a playoff. That is the greater crime, from his perspective.(via Rivals.com)
Leave it to the Texas state legislature to throw a monkey wrench into the dreams of the Pac-10 to raid the Big 12 of its crown jewels. The Pac-10 reportedly wants to invite Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Colorado into the Left Coast fold. Now comes reports that some Texas legislators would work to block any move by the Longhorns, Aggies, and Red Raiders unless the Pac-10 dumps Colorado for Baylor,the odd man out in the Big 12 South when it comes to expansion.There's a reason why Baylor didn't get an invite to the Pac-10. If the state of Texas were the Brady Bunch, Texas would be Greg Brady, Texas A&M would be Peter, and Texas Tech would be that product of a one night stand that Mike never told Carol about. Baylor? He'd be cousin Oliver, the one who's pretty much there and nobody really likes.Texas is the real prize the Pac-10 is looking for. While Texas Tech could arguably earn an invite due to recent success, Baylor is a joke. and Texas A&M has pretty much been one in recent years. The only reason they get in the Pac-10 is because of certain state officials playing Laban to the Pac-10's Jacob, forcing the Pac-10 to take Texas weaker sister schools along with the Longhorns.(via Dr. Saturday)
Rafael Nadal wins the French Open title. I just want to know when Nike hired Greg Brady to design tennis apparel.(Yahoo! Sports)Today's list: "Top 5 camps in MMA". At least one blog's opinion. (Top Cheddar)Elton John performs at Rush Limbaugh's 4th wedding. No word if he played “Can You Feel the Love Tonight," but it would be the most ironic rendition ever if he did. (Entertainment Weekly)CBS Sports World Cup coverage will include Steve Nash. Because Nash doesn't have anything else important to do right now. (Bleacher Report)
(Your Moment of Tebowness is SWRT's recurring feature on the cultural phenomenon that is His Tebowness. Everyone else is doing it, so why can't I?)It was mentioned in passing in yesterday's "Moment of Tebowness" that Tim Tebow had been sporting a little bit of a beard lately. Now comes some visual proof of The Tebeard, courtesy of Becket Media. This was at the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premieres event. It's barely a little over scruffiness, but somehow His Tebowness pulls it off.
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