Welp, Armageddon has come. Nebraska is going to the Big 10. After the speculation, the rumors, and the threat of the Big 12 South going to the Pac 10, we have our first major move in the modern era of expansion. The Big 12 meetings last week provided some ultimatums and some wishy-washy talk. Now it looks as though Friday is the day for the official announcement from the Cornhuskers. After that, it seems the Big 12 South, sans Baylor and including Colorado, will be going to the Pac 10. The rest of the teams, well, they are left behind. Kansas City will become a ghost of a sports town. Besides all of this depressing talk, there was other news this week. Here’s the Crib Sheet:
- The SEC and its head coaches laughed off any expansion talk during their meetings last week. You know it seems they have been the quietest in all of this. Will they invite anyone else? They’ve won 7 BCS Championships so I guess they won’t have to.
- Meanwhile, between all of this expansion stuff, Kansas Athletic Director Lew Perkins faces not only an ethics issue over equipment, but he also was a part of a grand jury investigation while the Big 12 meetings were going on. This guy is gone and not at the right time either. Kansas has been beat up the last couple of weeks.
- If the league stays around, the Big 12 will have its championships in the same places for the next couple of years. Baseball is in Oklahoma City, basketball is in Kansas City, and football is at the Jerry Dome in Arlington. We just don’t see it happening after next year.
- Boise State is left at the altar while the Mountain West sees what the fallout will be from the expansion bonanza. This won’t be cleared up for a while and the Broncos will just have to wait it out.
- The current UGA is too young to be on the field and that’s the delima Georgia has going into this year. The sudden death of the last UGA means that the next-in-blood-line gets called up to the majors early. Will they stand the young pup up or will they opt for a veteran replacement?
- Colorado got dinged with some sanctions from the NCAA today. The Academic Progress Rate came out and pointed the finger at two power schools: Colorado and Syracuse. Scholarships will notched down a bit for the two schools.