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Postscripts: How Big is Too Big for the Big 12? Should the Power 4 and Group of 5 Split?

Jul 12, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark speaks to the press during Big 12 football media day at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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, lots of college football playoff chatter, with comments from coaches and athletic directors, along with a goodbye from a Wildcat we knew was leaving and we start with, sigh, conference realignment.

 

We’re Talking About This Again?

At some point, I would like to have settled ground in college sports. In other words, no more conference hopping, no more league expansion chatter, just no more. I’m about to have to deal with it with my alma mater, Stephen F. Austin.

I can have a dream. But I know we’re nowhere close to being done with this.

I think, for now, the Big 12 is settled. A 16-team alignment makes sense in the short term. After four years of preparing for Oklahoma and Texas to leave for the SEC and realigning the league to drive as much revenue and competition as possible, I’m looking forward to just playing some ball.

But we now know anything can happen. I mean, the Pac-12 is basically dead. All that is left is Oregon State and Washington State. The Beavers and Cougars own the rights to the league. For now, they’ve put together a scheduling alignment with the Mountain West for football and a two-year agreement to join the West Coast Conference for basketball.

 

After that? Who knows, right? I mean, the Big 12 could end up being 32 teams one day.

No, that’s ludicrous. Would someone tell ESPN’s Bill Connelly that? Because he seems to think the Big 12 could be a “Wild Card,” not just for OSU and WSU but a whole bunch of other teams.

“I do think the Big 12 is kind of a wildcard from the perspective of they seem to be willing to create a 32-team conference if the dynamics are right,” Connelly said on 1080 the Fan in Portland, Ore. “They’re willing to take a big swing, and they’ve already taken one. I can’t tell what a timeline like that would be. Obviously, the next step is the revenue-sharing aspect and what groups that form. That’s probably the next step, I don’t see the Big 12 doing anything before then.”

Can’t wait to have to cover 64 basketball teams. Good lord. What are the “right dynamics?” Should we ask the ACC about that?

Too soon?

Dykes Has it Right

If I were a fan of one of the Group of 5 (well, the Group of 6 now), I’d be happy with a guaranteed spot for the best Group of 6 team in the College Football Playoff. But I would be under no illusions that my team would be making an extended engagement in the CFP.

That’s why TCU coach Sonny Dykes — who was once the head coach at Louisiana Tech, which is in one of those Group of 6 conferences — says it’s time for them to create their own playoff. And he’s not the only one.

 

Personally, I’m for it. Most of you know there is a new CFP TV contract. Well the non-Power school get nine percent. The independents get to split one percent. Notre Dame will get $12 million. The payouts could be uneven, but the belief is the rest will get around $1.8 million each year.  

Is that juice really worth the squeeze for one spot?

Pollard’s Perspective

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard sounded a warning earlier this week, saying “If I was a member of the Big Ten or SEC, I’d start looking over my shoulder and wondering when is the day going to come when the top of the SEC is not going to want the bottom of the SEC.”

He also said that the Big 12 and the ACC need to do the same, and he couldn’t be more right. The landscape is shifting fast and while some believe the ACC will eventually take a dive, much like the Pac-12, there is no telling what could happen to the Big 12 IF the Big Ten and the SEC decide to expand again.

Don’t rule it out. It’s billions of dollars and we’ve already seen the Big Ten and the SEC job the rest of the conferences for more money in the College Football Playoff, because they could.

Perry Says Goodbye

I mean, we know that Kansas State guard Tylor Perry is out the door and headed for the pros. Friday night he dropped, well, an oddly-timed thank you video.

Here it is, for your perusal.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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