James Ramsey talking up the Big East.
Tom Jurich nodding, agreeing.
Rick Pitino waxing optimistic.
That’s the way the conference monopoly game is played. The only way it can be played. Keep smiling, talking about how happy you with the current situation.
Until one receives an invitation in the conference expansion and realignment game.
The latest moves playing out in the Big 12 Conference making another effort at unification, focusing on internal issues. Brady Deaton, the Missouri chancellor with an SEC invitation in his back pocket, a main player. Texas and Oklahoma forced to work together to preserve the Big 12.
The question now is not whether they will expand but when and by how much. Texas A&M is gone for good. Missouri is waiting a few days, giving Deaton some cover and space after playing the good guy. Then UM would likely be gone … or maybe not.
Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds wants the Big 12 to add one new school to replace A&M. Some other members want two or three additions with Louisville, West Virginia and Brigham Young as the leading candidates.
So much at stake.
Keep talking up the Big East.
And keep smiling.