June 1st, 2012 11:02 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
Tags: Barry Sanders, Chuck Neinas, Florida State, Notre Dame
For all the rumblings of Florida State and Clemson joining the Big 12 — remember when that went from done deal to joke and back to done deal a couple of weeks ago — some representatives of the quickly-stabilizing league have made it clear they’re not interested in growing. At least not in football.
Comments from multiple Big 12 reps suggested that Notre Dame would be the exception to the “let’s not expand yet” rule, even if it meant accepting the Irish in all sports but football.
But ADs like Texas DeLoss Dodds and outgoing interim commissioner Chuck Neinas have said 10 teams is just right. Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard – the chairman of the Big 12′s athletic directors — has been very outspoken at the Big 12 meetings regarding his league’s desire to stand pat:
“We think we’re positioned extremely well. I don’t think there is anything that has transpired that would (make) us talk about that anytime in the near future. At the same time I think it’s important to say our heads aren’t buried in the sand…
We appreciate the position we’re in by not having a championship game. Our champion can get (to a playoff) with one less game. It’s a good position to be in.
The first time somebody’s best team gets knocked out of a four-team playoff because they lost their championship game to a 7-5 team or 8-4 team, we’ll see how long they want to keep a championship game,”
That makes perfect sense. For now. But if a new playoff drives big name schools to start banging on the door begging for entry into the Big 12, expect Pollard and his cronies to reverse field quicker than Barry Sanders.
That said, it should be clear at this point that there was never any done deal to bring Florida State, Clemson or anyone else to the Big 12. That still might happen, but reports of a completed agreement with buyouts already drawn up were nothing more than conjecture.
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