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Big 12's Bowlsby Says Conference Execs Are "Concerned And Frustrated" With NCAA
Published May 31, 2013
CONNECT FOUR? In Austin, Kirk Bohls notes Dodds is "not promoting a mass movement away from the NCAA, just more flexibility." Meanwhile, Emmert "did acknowledge that 'perhaps' a fourth subdivision could emerge under the NCAA umbrella." Bohls writes it could be a "Super Division I," which would be "a huge undertaking." Emmert said, "I don’t sense from the members nor have I heard from any of them that there’s an interest in going out and starting another association. I do hear about trying to find greater flexibility for schools with larger budgets, the predominantly big five conferences, to make decisions on their own. I think a lot of people have an interest in doing that. I don’t think it would send anyone over the wall" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 5/31).
EXPANSION OPTIONS: In Ft. Worth, Jimmy Burch reports Dodds "called for expansion of the four-team playoff field in future seasons to minimize the potential controversy around the first team omitted from the bracket." Dodds: “I’m kind of an eight-team person. I think there will be a lot of conversation about the fifth team that didn’t get in or the 11-1 team that didn’t get in because somebody’s 12-0 that maybe wasn’t quite as good as the 11-1 team. If you take eight, then you don’t really have that.” Meanwhile, Big 12 administrators "selected the American Airlines Center in Dallas as site of the 2015 women’s basketball tournament, with the 2016 event headed to Oklahoma City." Bowlsby said that both events "will be played the week before the men’s basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo., in those seasons" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/31).
PACKAGE DEAL? Dodds said that the Longhorn Network is "expected to exclusively air three Longhorns football games this fall." The AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN's Bohls notes the Aug. 31 season opener against New Mexico State is "expected to be one of them; LHN has aired Texas’ past two openers." The Texas-Kansas game on Nov. 2 also is "expected to be carried on LHN" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 5/31). Meanwhile, in Dallas, Kate Hairopoulos wondered if LHN and the SEC Network could be a "package deal." The LHN's "distribution problems are well-reported." ESPN Senior VP/Programming Justin Connolly said, “These are two different networks. They stand alone. We talk about them alone. When we do big renewals with distributors -- I mean the ESPN portfolio -- both of these networks will be in that conversation. But we don’t look at it as tying these networks together" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/31).