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You know what's funny about the Big 12? It's all about what Texas wants (way too much power).
Think about if Ohio State had that much power in the Big Ten. Those two schools are the two largest athletic departments (UT and OSU).
So if Texas wants to expand, the Big 12 expands. If not, they don't . Just too much power and little oversight (or checks) on that power. I see why Nebraska had a problem with the conference.
It's going to be interesting to see if the Big Ten reacts to the SEC Network announcement in April. It'd kind of be comical if SEC announces their network next month and Delany announces the Big Ten has added UNC or something (I doubt that'll happen, at least in April).
that would be two great additions, they will have to get by that hating yankee thing first though.
If Maryland got $20-$30 million for a travel subsidy, imagine what North Carolina would be offered by the Big Ten.
I'm still trying to figure out the negotiation ploy of the Big Ten. Maryland's travel cost increase to about $6 million in 2014-15, so Big Ten offers $20-$30 million. If they need extra money for the ACC buyout (there it is).
Considering Rutgers position and the Big East's, if the Big Ten gave Rutgers one F'ing cent for a travel subsidy, it would be comical. Rutgers had no negotiating leg to stand on (either join the Big Ten or die).
The University of Maryland's deal to join the Big Ten includes not only the lucrative annual payouts that all members receive, but also a significant concession obtained by the school a subsidy worth tens of millions of dollars from the conference to offset athletic teams' anticipated higher travel costs, according to multiple sources.
That's called paying for part of their exit fee (not to repeat the other thread). But it will be interesting to see if this info makes others consider jumping.
Consider...that's funny :)
Virginia is probably already changing the stationary. Georgia Tech is probably already changing logos on uniforms.
I don't know why, but in my head, I keep seeing Jim Delany in a time share presentation. Ever been to those? Virginia shows up and Delany pulls out a bank book and a slide show.
I just hope Maryland doesn't get held over the coals by the ACC. I mean, it's a contract, but look at the other buyouts in the past (Notre Dame just paid $2.5 million).
I could see Virginia leaving at any time. Not so sure about UNC though. I'll bet Maryland gets the fee knocked down and the B1G covers it. 50M is a joke.
That West Virginia blogger is really throwing things against the wall today (and of late), isn't he :)
About as credible as a street fortune teller.
Throwing anything against the wall in relation to conference expansion (and the Big Ten).
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