The "chipster" is back!!
Chip Brown piece discussing what a great deal it would be for FSU if it were to join the Big 12 and have their own tv network as a money making and recruiting tool.He says Big 12 might go to 12 if they found the "right two".He mentions ND but you will need to squint your eyes real hard to see the words Clemson and invite.Link at http://texas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID ... &PT=4&PR=2
FSU plays 7 home games this year not 5. Chip forgot to list Clemson and Florida. Let's not forget that Big 12 member West Virginia dropped the Noles this year. FSU replaced WVU with Savannah State after being turned down by Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Boise State among others. Does replacing Wake, BC, Duke and Clemson with Iowa State, Kansas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma sell more tickets or puts FSU on TV more?
When Chip Brown says it, people listen based on his Big 12/SEC/Pac-16 reporting, which was excellent.
However, the important thing to remember is that this is an OPINION PIECE by him. It sounds really good because he gets it and has all the logic and facts behind why it's smart.
But "Why it's smart" doesn't mean there's any real-world discussions going on about it. (I could write something ridiculously similar on Notre Dame joining a conference, how they could make it work, and why it's financially better for them; Ditto I could write about a East Coast non-FBS conference summit designed to maximize NCAA bids and revenue for five conferences by creating one more and realigning. But it's fantasy).
However, that doesn't mean that someone at FSU isn't reading it, nodding slowly, printing it out and handing it to the president and AD saying "This is what I've been trying to tell you!"
More from Chip Brown on why FSU should become part of "BEVOLAND" and why they probably wont at http://texas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID ... &PT=4&PR=2
Then there's that. Yeah, that's what I meant.
Report: Louisville wants out of the Big East and in Big 12 (shocker I know)http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootbal ... e-big-east
In other news, the earth continues to revolve around the sun!
We can officially close out all these FSU/Big 12 discussions I would hope:Here's the Orlando Sentinel link on FSU AD shooting down #Big12 rumors (via @Matt_HayesSN)
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/201 ... dy-spetman
I don't put much stock in any denial from anyone. There's really nothing you can say in this if you're an AD/Commish.
If you deny it, there could be truth in the denial (Butler denied reports about talks with the A-10. They were truthful in what they said -- "We haven't been in negotiations with the A-10." But it didn't mean they weren't going to the A-10 very soon).
Staying, going, trying to go but not far enough in the process, not interested in going, had no discussions... the answer is the same no matter what.
The fact is, there's really three things an AD/Commish can say about expansion/realignment:
"That report isn't true" - may mean the report is a bunch of crap, but it also may mean the report BECOMES true later.
"No Comment" - The report is going to come true, or "we want the report to come true."
"Yes, that's correct" - probably puts the negotiations in jeopardy, which is why no one ever says it.
None of those ultimately mean ANYTHING regarding the validity of realignment rumors. Conference realignment reporting on what AD's/Presidents/Commissioner's say is a lot like poker on TV only with reporters trying to do the work of the little rail cameras. No one is going to say "Well, we're going for the straight, but we don't have it yet. We'll see how it turns out" because the other guy can hear it and out-maneuver them.