Postscripts: Big Ten, SEC Arrogance, Plus More Signing Days Coming

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What’s going on in the Big 12 and beyond? I expand and explain every Sunday in Postscripts at Heartland College Sports, your home for independent Big 12 coverage.

This week, we’re talking byes, NIL, signing day, speed and throwback logos.


The Audacity of Byes

All the talk this week has been about a 14-team College Football Playoff. That seems strange, given that we haven’t even had the 12-team playoff yet.

But there’s a reason as we’ve learned. Our good friends at the SEC and the Big Ten are driving the effort to get more access for their teams. Part of the ask? That multiple members of their conferences get automatic bids, along with the top two seeds, which would theoretically get first-round byes.  

Well, screw that. Pardon me. But Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said basically the same thing.

“A playoff format that guarantees a first-round bye to any team, division or conference before the season starts is unheard of in any sport as far as I’m aware,” Gundy said to ESPN. “Based on the premise proposed, a team could be undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country and still not receive a first-round bye because teams were awarded one before the season even began.”

TCU coach Sonny Dykes also had something to say about it.


“Automatic first-round byes for the Big Ten and SEC is like the NFL saying the Cowboys get a first-round bye since they have more fans than the Bengals. How preposterous is that?”

This is garbage and ego and money. If the Big Ten and the SEC want that, they can spin off and go do it themselves. I want no part of that.

I want as fair a playoff as possible and part of that is earning your way in. Handing out auto bids like they’re Pez is straight up disrespectful.

Here’s our HCS Roundtable. None of us are really into this.

Donati Sees The Future

TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati participated in a Q&A with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently. It was a far-ranging conversation. Part of it was about NIL and after a couple of years of allowing collectives like the Flying T Club handle the fundraising, Donati is ready to bring it in-house.


It’s striking. He talks of donor fatigue, and that has to be a real thing for NIL. This isn’t facilities planning where a one-time donation does the trick. It requires constant maintenance. Yearly contributions. Season tickets is one thing. Maintaining a payroll is quite another.

That’s what NIL will eventually be — a payroll that athletic departments have to maintain. It’s just the logical progression. There aren’t enough donors out there to fund what’s needed down the road. There just isn’t.

More Signing Days?

I remember when a one-week early signing window was a good idea. Now?

I need a break.

Space Ghost

Tyler Owens of Texas Tech was at the NFL Scouting Combine and he did the media rounds before his workouts in Indianapolis.

I’ve covered the Combine before. The questions can get off the wall at times.

I’m not entirely sure how the topic of “Do you believe in space or not” came up with Owens, but, apparently he’s not buying the science.

“Nah, I don’t believe in space because, like, you know, I’m real religious,” Owens said. “I think we’re in a dome right now. I don’t think there’s other planets and other stuff like that, I don’t know.”

It’s a memorable answer, and if you’re trying to get NFL scouts to remember who you are. By the way, I know plenty of religious people who believe in space. I don’t think that’s the issue here.

He’s not the only non-believer though. For instance, it appears that Illinois tight end Tip Reiman doesn’t believe that, you know, pigeons are real.

Pigeons are real. I mean, anything that can take a dump on me while flying is real, you know?


The Need For Speed

Video evidence of Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy’s NFL Combine record 4.21 40-yard dash.

Your Moment of Zen

Wanna throw it back to the old days? This will take you back.

There was something to be said for the Big Eight, the Southwest Conference and the conferences I grew up with.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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