Discussion in 'Conference Realignment Board' started by The Viking, Mar 22, 2013.
it was their preference
You still jump to the leaky raft ASAP to buy yourself more time. That's where UConn is.. looking to buy as much time as possible, hoping for the best. You take whatever better option is available. Don't let perfect be the enemy of better.
Except the Big 12 isn't just slightly better than the AAC. It is a quantum leap of a difference.
It's a lot like taking a Director position for a moderate bump in salary from your Manager position. It seems like it is a modest improvement, but experience as a "Director" will open the door for more lucrative positions down the road.
We're G5 until we're P5. Once we're P5 we'll have opportunities that weren't previously available.
[on edit - congrats we're on page 500 of Non Key tweets.... 500 pages of pain.]
Plus story I posted in the key tweets thread said that BYU's entire athletic department was called to a meeting this morning and several top-level leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited the athletic department offices and met with high-level department heads the past week.
Since I've read the posts on this thread pretty much daily since its inception (and recently for hours each day), I wanted to take a moment to recognize the 500th page. Now the terms "Dood", "Flug", "Car Wash", and many others set off a nervous tick in my right eyelid. That is ok though. Yes, it reads like a generally bad and disjointed novel, but I've loved (almost) every word.
I now return you to the regularly scheduled angst-fest.
We will be much better off in 2024 if we spend the last six years in the XII than the AAC. And if the ACC wants us prior to 2024, they know where to reach UConn before we sign something.
So maybe the LDS elders decides that the Big 12 is too wicked and sinful (cough, cough, looking at you Baylor) and turns down the invite?
that and changing the patch on your uniform from G5 to P5 is worth about $25M/year or so.
Nobody asks whether Wake Forest, BC, Syracuse, TCU or even Baylor are worth $30M year. It's assumed because of that patch.
once UConn get's in that club (again), it's like the G5 taint is gone.
Kind of like Andy Dufresne crawling through 5 football fields of the smelliest filth you can imagine and coming out smelling like a rose.
Things may re-set then and we have to be in the game when they do.
so UofL, Syracuse and Pitt (and Miami, BC, and VT) are so vastly different? you're preaching what the media wants you to think. That there is some tangible difference between a top G5 school and the typical P5 school (excluding the top program or two from every conference)...
Guys you all seem to be misunderstanding what I'm saying here.
As an athletic director or president of UConn, I'm not saying the safe choice isn't to accept a Big 12 invite. Again I'm not saying don't do it...
What I am saying is that you guys, as fans, should honestly not lose as much sleep over getting left out if that in fact happens because the Big 12 probably won't survive in its current form anyhow, and you're not going to go belly up in the next 5-6 years. This is me, as someone who's not thinking emotionally, saying I think you guys are going to be fine. I'm not saying that in such a way I'm expecting you to take my word for it nor is it like I'm guaranteeing that. I'm just saying the Big 12 is in a desperate situation as it is. They're not the answer. They're not really much of an answer at it. It might be a short term stopgap, which I understand what you all are saying. However, I don't think 5-6 years of the AAC is going to inflict much damage if my hunch about the ACC or Big Ten calling is correct and the Big 12 is looking to pay you about what you're already making.
We're talking about a dysfunctional league looking to go cheap on any prospective members so its elites can make as much money as possible in the short term then bail for a better situation. That doesn't sound like something that's really all that advantageous for UConn. Not as much as you guys think.
I think it is safe to assume, that we understand your point but disagree.
Clearly some people didn't understand because they were responding with why UConn should move to the Big 12. I know the reasons. I'm not arguing against them. I just believe they're being overstated and I believe that there's not a reason to panic (yet) if it doesn't happen. We all know the Big 12 is not going to last in its current form beyond 2024. There will be another round where the SEC, Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 go hunting. The world wouldn't drastically change in the next five years based on the Big 12 poaching other G5 members for personal gain.
Just as a neutral observer following this as you guys are, I don't think the sky is falling if this doesn't happen. I get folks disagree with that, but it's not irrational.
If I can be of any consolation to you, I will offer to jump off the bridges with you all if it doesn't materialize? I'll drink the Kool Aid.
I think it's your approach to 'not arguing' that is hanging this conversation up...
No one knows what is going to happen this week let alone 2024, but I get what your saying. We can't sustain a P5 level lifestyle of G5 TV money till 2024. Exit fees be drying up.
No. The sky would absolutely be collapsing.
I can promise you if we keep playing Tulane, Tulsa, ECU, etc plus whatever scrubs the AAC picks up after the others leave, there will be like 20 fans left by 2024.
You can't sustain fan interest long term with Marshall and Old Dominion and Southern Miss.
No, we get what you're telling us. You're telling us that we should think going to the Big XII won't matter for us anyway.
You've made every point that can be made multiple times. Please go away now.
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Now fox and ESPN are offering a 17% increase and 40m for CCG if B12 stays at 10 and removes pro rata.
Fine. God forbid someone doesn't share your views the world will end if you aren't picked by a desperate league. If it so offends your sensibilities that someone disagree with your pessimism, then I'd rather accommodate your wishes than join in the groupthink and not actually engage in conversation on... gasp... a message board. So I'll respect your wishes to "go away now." Good luck.
Hey you've been a respectful and courteous poster. Please do not take the comments as a personal attack. Just realize this game of conference realignment water torture is wearing thin on the psyche of BY posters and, unless it is your school, it is hard to completely understand the frustration. No school has suffered like UConn and it is almost impossible to explain how this keeps happening. That anger sometimes comes out in the posts.
Thanks for visiting the BY even if your opinions are not universally shared...
People sometimes forget we upgraded football at great expense solely to join a BCS conference and insure our future inclusion in big time college athletics. Every single member of the BE as constituted in 1999 or so has left for greener pastures. No, Temple doesn't count.
Here is an interview with the guy from sports business journal who wrote the article about ESPN and FOX being angry. Says ESPN doesn't understand why they should pay more for content they already have and it's a negotiation tactic. They will come to some kind of a consensus but said from who he's talked to BYU is a front runner for their national brand...
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