Conference Realignment Made Simple

Roy LaFaverCorrespondent IJune 11, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 28:  Deangelo Peterson #19 of the LSU Tigers catches a touchdown pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 33-30 in overtime.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Big 12 has provided a great deal of exciting sports moments for fans all over the country.  I think in football that conference is really the only competition for SEC football in terms of excitement.  Womens' sports?  Look no further than Baylor basketball.  Baseball?  You have got to be kidding.  The Big 12 has terrific baseball programs.  And how about some competition for Kentucky basketball?  No problem.

I have a simple solution for the Big 12 South - become the SEC west.  LSU and it's playmates would become the SEC Central, and of course the SEC East remains as is.  Folks, this would be a killer conference that could probably declare its conference winner the National Champion of (pick your sport), and probably wouldn't hear a lot of argument about it on ESPN.

All the Big 12 South rivalries would remain intact.  All non-division games would be rotated among teams in the other two divisions.  A conference championship could be decided from among the three division winners and the top non-winner.

A side benefit would be a renewal of Texas-Arkansas, along with some other nice match ups.  Who doesn't want to watch Red Raider football?  And how would you like to see Tennessee-Baylor women's basketball?  There are so many possibilities one article couldn't fully discuss the subject.

I would feel bad for the Kansas, Missouri and Iowa schools, but it kind of seems like Missouri has been shaking its tail for the Big Ten anyway.  At the very least Kansas could make Mountain West basketball nationally prominent.

So that's my solution for the Big 12 South division.  I'm sure everyone would agree this is ideal for the SEC as well.  The only question would be how to spend all the money, but I'm sure they would put it to good use.