I am not really excited for the end results of the expansion negotiations going on from coast-to-coast right now, although I will admit that the irrational exuberance of the process is thrilling .
I am not really in favor of any major reshuffling in college football that does not lead to a playoff.
From what I have read, the additional dollars generated from the proposed expansion (and super conferences) would virtually guarantee the existence of the BCS for years to come.
Moreover, any Big Ten restructuring that may harm in the slightest the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan makes me cringe .
While a playoff comprised of the top four to six teams at season’s end would be amazing, losing the historic luster of the game does not sound like a feasible way to get it.
So, the news that Nebraska is on the brink of publicly committing to the Big Ten is a bittersweet. To be sure, the Conference will be better from the standpoints of football quality, on-field tradition, and national relevance.
But, if the Cornhuskers are the only addition, it seems like the glass is half-empty.
After all, the Big Ten warmed up this expansion fever with its eyes on the big prizes: Texas and ND.
At this moment, ND appears perfectly content to stay independent and the Pac-10 may very well walk away with Texas and Oklahoma.
Did the conference that has pioneered in so many areas get caught flat-footed?
Was hubris part of the equation? Have they overvalued the Big Ten Network or underestimated other conferences ability to get a network up and running? Did geography catch them off guard?
Whatever the case, the Pac-10 seems poised to pull the rug from under Delaney and Co. by grabbing a major object of Big Ten desire.
Big Ten driving ND further away? Did Notre Dame use the Big Ten’s never-ending interest to leverage a new television contract out of NBC?
We see this all the time when a coach allows his name to be floated for a new job in an effort to get a new deal. They always stay in the end…for more money.
Will you really be that surprised if NBC tears up the current deal and inks a more lucrative deal for the Irish?