The Island Of Kansas, Water Water Everywhere

Roy LaFaverCorrespondent IJune 13, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 20:  Cole Aldrich #45 of the Kansas Jayhawks attempts a shot against Jordan Eglseder #53 of the Northern Iowa Panthers during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 20, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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KU must certainly feel it is on an island as the Big 10, PAC 10 and SEC gather for the feast.  Kansas is not on the menu.  Sure they are one of the greatest basketball powers in the history of college sports, but basketball doesn't keep a conference floating on cash.  TV revenue is the ticket, and it's all about football.

Just guessing with them, keeping the Big 12 together is choice ONE.  I don't think we have any doubt about that.  But as it becomes less and less likely, I believe their best interest lies in the SEC breaking up the PAC 10 power grab.  If the SEC manages to cherry-pick the Big 12 South, there would still be the makings of a great basketball conference with the schools left afloat.  If the SEC gets the big boys of the south I gotta think the PAC 10 will look elsewhere for expansion - BYU, Utah, Air Force, etc.  Texas Tech would be a possibility for the PAC 10, but that leaves Baylor and OK State in the south.

There are so many ways this thing could go that it makes the head spin, but the heads at KU have to be spinning at warp speed.  It's a shame, but the big conferences don't seem interested in them.  There's no TV market to speak of, and other schools can't expect sell out crowds when the KU football team comes to town.

It's all about the money, and there just isn't enough cash involved to get cozy with KU.  I have driven through Kansas many times, east to west and north to south.  I love that place.  When you pass K-State, you have to be impressed by the beautiful sign.  Golden fields of grain everywhere, and a peaceful feeling in all those small western towns: what's not to like?  I regret them having to face the situation they are in, but I'm a believer.  They will survive.  We are about to see just how far a school can go on basketball money, dragging their little brother behind.  They might even be able to save Missouri as well.