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#Mizzou D-tackle Sheldon Richardson on Georgia: "It's like watching Big Ten football. It's old man...

#Mizzou D-tackle Sheldon Richardson on Georgia: "It's like watching Big Ten football. It's old man football."

Tough talk from a player for a team the Big Ten rejected. How 'bout if you actually play an SEC football game before you start ragging on charter members of the league, all right, Sheldon? You're the Vietnamese boat people of the conference; we rescued you from oblivion. Show a little respect until you actually win something . . . something like a game against a Division I-A opponent, O.K.? Go 'Dawgs!

There's nothing wrong with a mutually agreed-upon grayshirt whether its in the SEC or Big Ten.

There's nothing wrong with a mutually agreed-upon grayshirt whether its in the SEC or Big Ten.

This reasonable position is the same one adopted by Mark Richt, which got Coach Richt ousted from the good graces of the zealots at Oversigning.com. I'll be curious to see whether they are similarly harsh in their judgment of one another of their own. Go 'Dawgs!

Everyone comes out more or less ahead... Texas gets the big television payday it wanted and the...

Everyone comes out more or less ahead... Texas gets the big television payday it wanted and the shot at a profitable network it doesn't have to share with anyone. Nebraska and Colorado both move into conferences they consider better academic and cultural fits. Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Missouri and, yes, Baylor hold on to their spots in a big-money conference and aren't forced to seek refuge in the Mountain West, Conference USA or Big East. The Big Ten and Pac-10 (assuming it makes a play for Utah out of the Mountain West) both pick up a 12th member that facilitates a conference championship game. Assuming the Big Ten is content at an even dozen – Missouri is presumably locked into the Big 12 for the foreseeable future, and Notre Dame remains by all appearances firmly committed to independence – the once doomed Big East will remain intact without losing a single member. Even if it loses Utah, the Mountain West picks up the slack with the addition of Boise State, a net boost (albeit a small one) in the MWC's bid for an automatic BCS bid in 2012. The Pac-10 ultimately whiffed on the blockbuster score it was hoping for, but it did expand in exactly the (relatively modest) fashion everyone expected when it first announced its plan to add teams. No one is in worse position as the smoke begins to clear than they were when the fires started burning. Dr. Saturday puts it all in perspective. Go 'Dawgs!

Revenue sharing and inequality are eventually going to kill this conference. It is almost certainly...

Revenue sharing and inequality are eventually going to kill this conference. It is almost certainly going to happen one day. As soon as this TV deal fails to suffice in comparison to that of other major conferences, the same issues are going to pop up. This is only a band-aid, and it's hard to see it as anything but that. And part of the reason I felt so disappointed when this was announced was simply that ... honestly, I wanted to be done with this. I wanted this to be the Summer of Expansion, and I wanted to be done with the issue forever and ever (unless they ended up in a worse conference, ahem). Instead, we stare at a future with another potential breakdown on the horizon. Healthy conferences have members who feel like equals. That has never been the case in the Big 12. One last thought on conference expansion: I hope you enjoyed it, because, in a few years, after the remaining Big 12 schools get tired of bending over and saying, "Thank you sir, may I have another?" to Texas, we're going to do this dance all over again. Go 'Dawgs!

The Pac-10 may be slightly superior academically to the SEC but we'll concede that the difference...

The Pac-10 may be slightly superior academically to the SEC but we'll concede that the difference isn't necessarily big enough to prevent a school such as Texas A&M from joining. And assuming the Pac-16 gets a television deal in 2012 relative to what the SEC and Big Ten have accomplished in recent years (and there's no reason to believe they won't), one must concede that the financial gains of going to the Pac-16 vice SEC are pretty negligible over the long term.

I have been, and remain, critical about some of the erroneous and unnecessary broadsides some of the Longhorn faithful have launched at the SEC, so I will give credit where credit is due by noting what one Texas fan had to say about the Aggies' possible move to the Southeastern Conference. Go 'Dawgs!

A&M has been in contact with the SEC for months, despite the longstanding assumption that the Texas...

A&M has been in contact with the SEC for months, despite the longstanding assumption that the Texas schools would hang together behind the wildly profitable Longhorn juggernaut. But former Aggie player/coach Gene Stallings, now an A&M regent, has taken control of the push for the SEC, where he won a national championship as Alabama's head coach in 1992. Stepping out of the back channels of Texas politics, Stallings didn't hesitate to distance A&M from the Longhorns on Alabama radio: "I think A&M is now big enough to stand on its own. We don’t need to piggyback on Texas." Truly spoken like a man with only a few months left in his term. If A&M opts out of the Pac-10 exodus, their crucial position as the 16th team could fall to Kansas or Utah; given the political ramifications and the cold shoulder in scheduling by everyone A&M has ever considered any kind of rival, the odds remain on the Aggies' following the original route to the West Coast – especially if the SEC invite is tied to their ability to deliver Texas, as well, which appears to be a complete nonstarter.

Dr. Saturday makes his case for why the Aggies will go with the flow and follow the Longhorns into the Pac-10. Matt Hinton may well be right, but, the longer this goes on, the better I like the SEC's chances. Even if you take seriously Texas's alleged threat never to schedule the Aggies again in any sport unless they remain conference mates (which I'm not at all sure I do), and even if you assume Lone Star State politicos with a long history of involving themselves in athletics decisions wouldn't compel Texas and Texas A&M to continue their rivalry on the field (which I'm quite sure I don't), the Aggies have longstanding rivals in the SEC (Arkansas and LSU) . . . and it isn't as though programs haven't sacrificed rivalries on the altar of conference expansion before. Pitt's entry into the Big East and Penn State's entry into the Big Ten all but killed that once-yearly rivalry. The expansion of the ACC and the SEC in 1992 made Georgia's battles with Clemson much more infrequent affairs. Earlier today, Nebraska essentially tossed the last handful of dirt onto the grave in which the Cornhuskers' rivalry with Oklahoma is interred. I'm not at all sure I believe the Aggies' entry into the SEC would sound the death knell of their rivalry with the Longhorns, but, quite frankly, more storied rivalries than that one have ended when leagues grew. It might be sad, but, to Texas, this is (to quote a line from the end of "The Godfather") just business. The 'Horns clearly want to call the shots, not just for themselves, but for everyone even remotely in their orbit. Let 'em do it. Maybe it's high time Texas A&M left Texas like Michael Corleone at the end of "The Godfather, Part II," on top of the world and increasingly cut off from everyone who got him there. Gene Stallings sold his alma mater short. The Aggies can't just stand, they can walk. I'm increasingly convinced that their movement will be east, not west. Cue the Jessica Simpson remake of the Nancy Sinatra classic. Go 'Dawgs!

According to UT Austin’s website, the average SAT score for the 2009 freshman class was 1...

According to UT Austin’s website, the average SAT score for the 2009 freshman class was 1223. According to the Texas A&M website, the average SAT score for 2009 freshmen was 1210. According to UGA’s website, the average SAT score for 2009 freshmen was 1263.

NCT shoots, NCT scores. Go 'Dawgs!

High level sources in multiple conferences have told KCTV5 that Texas and Texas A&M are looking to...

High level sources in multiple conferences have told KCTV5 that Texas and Texas A&M are looking to move to the Big Ten Conference and have petitioned for membership, while the University of Oklahoma is planning on petitioning the Southeastern Conference to become a member of its conference.

Thanks to Dawg Sports commenters for pointing me to this news straight out of left field. What . . . the . . . Hell . . . ?!?! Go 'Dawgs!

Six schools being invited by Pac-10 - TX, A&M, Tech, OU, Ok State and Colo - expected to accept...

Six schools being invited by Pac-10 - TX, A&M, Tech, OU, Ok State and Colo - expected to accept invitations, begin play in Pac-16 in 2012.

Chip Brown breaks the latest news, while Fox Sports reports that Nebraska will accept an invitation to join the Big Ten. My aforementioned posting---which has already been written and is set to appear shortly after midnight---may already be out of date, but my point still stands, so we'll forge ahead. Go 'Dawgs!

Georgia actually gets about $28 million a year from TV, not $17 million. Florida and Alabama aren't...

Georgia actually gets about $28 million a year from TV, not $17 million. Florida and Alabama aren't too far behind, and four other SEC schools are between seven and 15 nationally. The top of the SEC does make more than the bottom of the Big Ten, so consider that myth busted. This makes up an under-reported dynamic of the duel between TV models. Big Ten schools have no game rebroadcast rights to sell, so that's why only two Big Ten schools are on that list. They can only sell coaches' shows and other ancillary content, so only the schools with the two most rabid fan bases rank highly. They have to share revenue from rebroadcasted games with everyone else in the conference.

Team Speed Kills confirms that an eleven-team league calling itself the "Big Ten" isn't as good at math as it likes to suppose. Go figure. Go 'Dawgs!
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