ESPN blog article with comments from WVU AD regarding possible future Big 12 expansion at http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/ ... -to-expand
Could WVU’s AD Luck be auditioning for a new role? This sounds like a guy wanting to possibly take over the Big 12.
If you want to help a team escape the Big East, Luck is your man that knows how to get the job done and just have fast that must take place before new contracts are negotiated by the Big East.
Luck is a graduate of both WVU and the University of Texas Law School. He could help both of these schools by taking over the Big 12 and ensuring the Big 12 is on solid ground going into the future.
Less just pencil in Louisville for one of the schools as WVU needs a replacement rivalry for Pitt.
Which team would Luck want as number 12 if he were in fact placed in charge of the Big 12?
If I recall, Luck was in favor of adding BYU to the Big East. Cincinnati would make an easy travel trip for WVU. Rutgers is very old traditional eastern rival of WVU.
I am going to place my bet on Rutgers as the 12 member if Luck were the Big 12 Commissioner and helping promote expansion.
Ok how to split the divisions?
East: WVU, Louisville, Rutgers, TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma
West: Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Kansas
Love it, Lash. WVU, UL and Rutgers give a strong enough east coast penetration to rival the BC/Syracuse/Pitt in the ACC, and Temple/Uconn/Navy in the Big East.
Furthermore, I love the Oklahoma/OSU seperated from Texas/TTech. I might swap TCU for Iowa St. though.
OR, maybe even give Texas the national prime time they want (deserve?) with them and Texas Tech in the east side...get's the prom queen program on all those northeast TVs even more and helps legitimize the push by the conference to the east.
Fact is, right now, the northeast is any conferences territory to take. The ACC seems to have taken the BIG lead with Pitt and Syracuse with BC. Big Ten has the biggest program, Penn St., but it's only 1. WVU is respectable from an on-the-field standpoint and give the Big 12 entrance into the region. And the Big East has UConn, Rutgers, Temple and Navy...a nice gel. But if the Big 12 went 2 steps further with Louisville and Rutgers, they might just rise to the top...especially if Texas is highlighted in the region as a divisional foe.
Funny how a school that almost lead a pack to the west coast Pac-10 would only be 3 moves away (add UL, add Rutgers, put Texas in "east") from being able to challenge as a regular big media draw on northeast TV.
Quinn, the more we talk about Rutgers the more sense it makes for this school to be part of the Big 12. Unless Rutgers gets an invite from the Big Ten, the Big 12 would be a nice compromise. In addition, Rutgers is the flagship school of its state and has very good academics. Other than having an eastern culture the school is very similar to other Big 12 type schools.
Less try to map out your idea of allowing Texas in the East division which Luck would probably want to ensure both of his formal schools play a regular season game each year. Factor in that Texas was a big supporter of WVU being selected as the number 10 school makes very good sense.
For some reason Oklahoma State favors more Big 12 expansion to the east as well. Maybe for basketball requiting? For now will leave Oklahoma State in the west division with Oklahoma because the Red River rivalry will always be played each year regardless of which division Texas and Oklahoma are placed and you probably can’t have more than one permanent cross over game each year to allow flexibility in scheduling.
Since Oklahoma favored adding Louisville, in this scenario I am placing Louisville to the west division and keeping Baylor and TCU in the same division to allow all four Texas teams to remain in the same division. Permanent cross over games could be Texas/Oklahoma, Texas Tech/Oklahoma State, Baylor/Kansas, TCU/Kansas State, Rutgers/Iowa State, WVU/Louisville.
Lots of fun scenarios to select divisions as long as we keep Texas and Oklahoma separated.
South/East: Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Rutgers, West Virginia
North/West: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Louisville