Patterico's Pontifications


It’s Official: Nebraska Goes to Big 10

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 12:00 pm

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Nebraska has voted to accept the Big 10’s offer and will become the 12th member of the Big 10.

Meanwhile, Boise State has joined the Mountain West Conference, and the University of Texas Regents have scheduled a meeting for Tuesday to decide UT’s destination (which almost certainly will be the Pac-10).



Congress Concerned About Big 12 (Updated)

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 7:30 pm

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Senators from Iowa and Kansas are concerned about the possible breakup of the Big 12 and looking at ways to prevent Nebraska from leaving.

I don’t think Nebraska regents will turn down the Big 10 lifeboat and jump back in the water with Kansas, K State, Iowa State, Missouri and Baylor.


UPDATE: From a “high-ranking” Texas Tech official:

“An announcement out of Nebraska about its future plans is next. If the Cornhuskers leave for the Big 10 Conference, Tech, Texas and Texas A&M are gone, too, a high-ranking Tech official told the [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal] on Wednesday.”

Sports News Today

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 11:53 am

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The USC sanctions are in. A 2-year bowl game ban and major scholarship reductions:

“The penalties come after a four-year investigation into allegations surrounding Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush and former basketball star O.J. Mayo. The Trojans will lose more than 20 scholarships in football.”

UCLA fans are happy. And Colorado fans are, too, but for a different reason. Colorado will join the Pac-10. The hidden message? I think this is Pac-10’s way of telling the Texas folks that Baylor isn’t welcome.

So once Nebraska bolts to the Big 10, the question becomes: Are the Texas schools willing to leave Baylor behind? If so, hello Pac-10. If not, the Chicago Tribune reports they may ask TCU to join the Big 12.



Nebraska may be Big 10 Bound (Updated)

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 2:55 pm

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A Big 12 source says Nebraska may move to the Big 10 by week’s end:

“An executive at a Big 12 school relayed to The World-Herald on Tuesday that he expects Nebraska to become a member of the Big Ten as early as Friday.”

Bye-bye Huskers from the Big 12. Or Hello, if you’re a Big 10 fan.


UPDATE: It sounds to me like six Big 12 schools may be headed to the PAC-10.


The End of the Big 12?

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 1:13 pm

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The Big 12 has told Nebraska and Missouri — and effectively the Big 10, too — to fish or cut bait:

“Nebraska and Missouri have been given an ultimatum by the Big 12 and told they have until this Friday to decide if they want to remain in the conference or entertain the possibility of joining the Big Ten, two highly placed officials of two Big 12 schools said Saturday.”

I’d hate to be Missouri and Nebraska if the Big 10 doesn’t give them a lifeline.



John Wooden (1910-2010)

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 8:30 pm

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UCLA Basketball coach and legend John Wooden has died at age 99 in Los Angeles.



Big 12, Big 10, Pac-10

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 1:44 pm

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Here’s what I’ve heard:

  • Nebraska and Missouri will move to the Big 10, and/or
  • The Pac-10 will invite anywhere from six to all twelve Big 12 schools to join.
  • Some Texas sportswriters are hoping any remaining Texas teams will form a Texas version of the old Southwest Conference. I’d like that.

    What have you heard?

    — DRJ


    Good Sports

    Filed under: Politics,Sports — DRJ @ 2:51 pm

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    Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ lesson of the day:

    “Gibbs voiced disappointment that Major League Baseball decided not to award Armando Galarraga a perfect game, but noted: “To watch an umpire take responsibility and to watch a pitcher do what he did, to watch the sportsmanship that’s exhibited … I think that’s a good lesson in baseball. It’s probably a good lesson in Washington.”

    This means President Obama will be a good sport if the GOP is able to repeal ObamaCare, right?

    MORE: At least Galarraga got a Corvette as a consolation prize.

    — DRJ


    End to USC Probe Near?

    Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 12:19 pm

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    Rumors are the NCAA’s report will be issued soon in a four-year investigation of the Trojans’ athletic program. Heisman winner Reggie “I am USC and I represent USC” Bush isn’t worried:

    “Meanwhile, out on the West Coast, the football powerhouse that is Bush’s alma mater, Southern California, braced for possible NCAA sanctions expected to be handed down later this week, stemming from the alleged gravy train Bush was on in Los Angeles when he won the Heisman Trophy and was part of a national championship team as a Trojan.

    “None, just whatever happens, happens, ” Bush said when asked his thoughts about Southern Cal. “What I’m really focused on is where I’m at right now, where I’m at with the Saints’ team right now, and so just really looking toward the future.”

    Bush maintained, as he has all along, that he did nothing untoward while at Southern Cal. Still, there has been speculation that should the NCAA rule some or all of Bush’s glorious undergraduate days occurred when he should have been ineligible, then the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City, which awards the Heisman Trophy, might be compelled to strip Bush of that coveted prize.

    To be sure, that speculation has not come from any former Heisman Trophy winner or any one else who votes on the award. The Orange County Register on Tuesday published a survey of 50 Heisman Trophy voters from 25 states, and 58 percent of those polled said Bush should not lose the Heisman.

    Bush said he’s not devoting any thought to the matter at all.

    “That hasn’t even crossed my mind, ” he said. “I’m not even worried about it.”

    I don’t know if Bush will lose his Heisman but if it is rescinded, would it go to runner-up Vince Young? And what will happen to USC?

    — DRJ


    Judge Allows Leach’s Contract Claim Against Texas Tech

    Filed under: Law,Sports — DRJ @ 7:16 pm

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    A Lubbock district court judge threw out several tort and other claims filed by former Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach, but allowed his breach of contract claim to continue against Texas Tech University:

    “Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach can move forward with a lawsuit claiming breach of contract over his firing, which followed allegations of player mistreatment, a judge ruled Tuesday.

    State District Judge William C. Sowder struck down Texas Tech’s claim of sovereign immunity from the breach of conduct claim. But Sowder upheld the university’s sovereign immunity against the lawsuit’s other claims, which included libel, slander and violation of Texas’ Whistleblower Act.

    The university fired Leach on Dec. 30, two days after suspending him amid allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion. Leach has denied mistreating Adam James and suspects an $800,000 bonus he was to have received Dec. 31 was the reason he was fired.”

    The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports the Judge also threw out claims against individual Tech administrators but has yet to rule on claims against the chair and vice chair of the Board of Regents, or on Leach’s claim against Adam James’ father Craig.

    — DRJ

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