08 Jun 2010
We've been conspicuously low on the conference realignment talk around here; part of me wants to apologize for that, another part says, "You're welcome." Quite frankly, it's been an exhausting couple of days. The above link from Dr. Saturday is probably the most comprehensive survey of where things stand at the moment. Nebraska and Missouri have been given an "are you in or out?" ultimatum by Big 12 university presidents (now extended to next week, kindly enough). If they fail to give proper assurances that they are in the Big 12 for the long haul, and aren't still willing to leave for the Big Ten if offered, then supposedly the Pac-10 will swoop in and claim six Big 12 members for a new-fangled Pac-16 conference (which six is up in the air, as Baylor is trying to cut in front of Colorado in the line while proclaiming an undying desire to keep the Big 12 together). Before the Big Ten can express interest (or lack thereof) for their friends in Lincoln and Columbia, they have to find out Notre Dame's plans. Meanwhile, this evening Colorado regents are engaging in what was supposed to be a secret meeting to discuss their legal options if they want to make a quick exit to the Pac-12, Pac-16, Pac-24, or whatever the Pac- may be. The Kansas chancellor is begging Nebraska and Missouri to commit to the Big 12, and all hell could break loose ... or very little could happen, depending on the Big Ten's intentions, and the strength of Nebraska's and/or Missouri's wills.
And as soon as this XP is published, the entire storyline will change.
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Our offseason Four Downs series ends with a look at the NFC West's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. The Rams and 49ers have to kick-start their passing games, Arizona's offense lacks a big dimension, and the Seahawks continue to rely on Russell Wilson's magic tricks.