I wasn’t ready.
I hadn’t yet addressed the looming Big Ten expansion here for a couple of reasons:
1) The whole thing still makes me a little grumpy.
2) I thought we had a little time before things actually started happening.
And then things actually started happening. Specifically, the Pac-10 made it known that it was bent on absorbing every single D1 school west of the Mississippi River, and then the Big-12 panicked and issued an ultimatum to a few of its schools and then BANG Nebraska is in the Big Ten.
I think much of this stuff will shake out in the next couple weeks — if not the next couple days — that’s OK with me. I had resigned myself to the likelyhood that the Big Ten would expand a while ago, and while the potential for me being pissed off about how things work out is still pretty high, we’re at the point now where not expanding isn’t an option.
So the only thing that that this week’s activity blows up is a plan I had put together with my friend Kelly — Twitter folks may know her as @aPSUmama — to dissect the possible additions and come up with our versions of what the league should look like. The plan was to have those ready to run early next week, but seeing as how an entire D1 conference may have dissolved by then, we’re going to do our best to make our predictions and have them ready even sooner, perhaps as soon as tonight.
In the meantime: Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska. I think you’ll like it here. Oh, and Coach Pelini? Columbus has changed a bit since you played there. Ohio Stadium is bigger and louder, and all those people wearing red won’t be cheering for you this time.
Can’t wait to read your theories! Is it college football season yet? Now? Maybe now? How about now? GO PSU!!
Eighty four days for me. I’m ready NOW.
It’s been a busy day with the NCAA.
You know that coach Pelini has been to our UA home before, right? He watched me make Christmas cookies.
Yep. And I still think Pelini would be my pick for replacing Tressel when he’s ready to hang up the vest.
I hope your predictions will also include new names for the conferences.
Picking out teams and re-aligning the conference is easy. Figuring out what that conference is going to be called is hard.