If the determination by Texas and Oklahoma to articulation the SEC has taught america thing astir assemblage athletics, it’s this: When the bottommost enactment is the bottommost dollar, it’s each schoolhouse for itself.
So fixed that edict, what’s the champion determination for CU and CSU, respectively, if different circular of league realignment is genuinely upon us? Let’s interruption down the options:
CU Buffs: What now?
Option 1: Hang tight
Pros: The Pac-12 feels comparatively harmless (ish) and the Big 12 is simply a minefield, contempt Larry Scott’s harm to the former. If you’d person predicted that successful 2019, we’d person laughed you halfway to Stillwater.
Cons: If the Big 12 disintegrates, the scenery becomes a free-for-all. The Pac-12 mightiness consciousness comfy now, but USC is simply a football-mad chaotic paper and seeing adjacent powers specified arsenic the Sooners and Longhorns bail mightiness beryllium the past spot of inducement needed for the Men of Troy to ponder beingness arsenic an independent, Notre Dame West.
Option 2: Talk to the Big 12
Pros: Hey, it ne'er hurts to person a Plan B.
Cons: Manhattan, Kansas. In February.
Option 3: Talk to the Big Ten
Pros: Nebraska. Also, money. Lots of it.
Cons: 10 a.m. kicks. Like each week. The superior web currency is successful the East, but CU’s soul, and the Buffs’ alumni and donor base, reside successful the Mountain and Pacific clip zones. That said, if the Big Ten starts chasing a pod of Pac-12 schools for a merger, champion get connected that gravy train.
CSU Rams: What now?
Option 1: Call the Big 12
Pros: The Rams person a stadium that’s much than up to snuff. Bonus: It’s a accidental for the league to instrumentality a flagpole successful the mountains again.
Cons: Texas schools don’t enlistee Colorado kids the mode Colorado schools enlistee Texas kids. The shot marque lags good down AAC stalwarts specified arsenic Cincinnati, Memphis and UCF, truthful Big 12 brass mightiness not telephone you back.
Option 2: Call the Pac-12
Pros: Remember: The worst happening they tin accidental is, “No.’”
Cons: None. Well, different than the full “No” part.
Option 3: Call the AAC
Pros: They’re hungry. They’re looking. They’ve reportedly got ESPN’s blessing to push. Why should East Carolina person each the fun?
Cons: If the Big 12 breaks up and the AAC gets the archetypal prime of scraps, you’re going to beryllium person to the backmost of the enactment than the front.
Option 4: Hang tight
Pros: More clip to drawback up connected episodes of “Loki.”
Cons: Conference USA is an awfully lonely spot these days.