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Big 12 ADs Back Proposal To Explore ACC Alliance; Aresco Wants To Keep Big East Name
Published January 29, 2013
PICKING & CHOOSING: Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self said that he would be "highly selective about the kinds of schools the Big 12 would invite to join the league." Self said, "Ten is a good number. I think from an AD's perspective, if the money is not going to be a heck of a lot more, it's pretty nice to split it among 10 than it would be to split it between 16" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/29). West Virginia men's basketball coach Bob Huggins said that "basketball's wishes will be an afterthought." He said, "If football doesn't like it, we're probably gonna expand" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 1/29).
ON SCHEDULE? ESPN.com's Brian Bennett wrote the most "pressing, and arguably most important" issue Big Ten ADs will face involves "figuring out how many times to play each other during the season." Commissioner Jim Delany said that he would "like to see more conference games." Michigan AD Dave Brandon and Ohio State AD Gene Smith both said that they "favored that idea when the Big Ten balloons to 14 teams." Purdue AD Morgan Burke said, "If you have some teams with five home games and others with only four, do you really have a true champion?" But Bennett noted a 10-game schedule "would bring its own share of obstacles." Bennett wondered if the extra inventory of conference games will "add enough value to the Big Ten's next TV contract to make up for the loss of home dates." Smith added that with "only two nonconference games, schools could potentially avoid paying huge guarantees to lower-level conference teams to fill out their schedule." Brandon said, "We have a stadium that we’re putting 112,000 people in every week. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to be shutting that stadium down and not playing as many events, and going to places where you’re playing in front of crowds that are far less" (ESPN.com. 1/28).
|Aresco said the Big East name has built up a great deal of brand equity|
ATLANTIC DRIFT? The AP's Joe Kay reported the Atlantic 10 and Commissioner Bernadette McGlade are "waiting to see" how the Catholic 7 situation plays out. McGlade said, "All of the swirling speculation about conference realignment is in some respects a little exhausting. And it takes away from the present, which happens to be so positive and so successful." McGlade noted that the A-10 is in a "solid position with its scheduling, eight-year television deal and a conference tournament moving from Atlantic City to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn." She said, "I know my presidents. They're smart people. They're going to evaluate any opportunity that may arise very carefully, along with the strong opportunity they have right now in the A-10" (AP, 1/28).