Your weekly update from the Ohio State press conference as well as notes from around the world of college sports- this week, we take a pointed look at the NCAA after the jump.
Eric, Jim and Joe are back with another preseason look at the 2011 Ohio State Buckeyes! Jim has attended all of the open practices so far this year and has a lot to say about the make-up of the depth chart to date. In particular we discuss the offensive line – primarily it’s youth and in experience behind the starters – along with the shrinking of the QB competition. Current injuries are also touched on briefly, along with the names who we will likely be seeing out wide to start the season.
The three of us also spend some time discussing recent College Football news, including the recent Yahoo! Sports revelation of the Miami University (FL) scandal, and the recent spat of conference expansion news.
All this and more on this week’s BBC Radio Hour!
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Lots of rumors swirling today, including those about conference divisions for 2011.
What we’re hearing is as follows (from 97.1 FM in Columbus, FWIW):
Reports are also that The Game will remain a protected rivalry, and will be played on the last weekend of the season.
Again, nothing definitive as of yet… The official announcement will be this evening at 7 PM on the Big Ten Network.
UPDATE: ESPN is reporting the same.
It appears that the dust has settled (for the time being) on the crazy expansion frenzy that has gripped the college football world over the past two weeks.
In the end, what actually happened seems a bit mild when compared with the expectations just a few short days ago.
The Pac-10 added Colorado to bump its membership up to 11. They will almost certainly be looking to add a 12th, possibly in the next few days, with Utah being the most likely candidate.
The Big-12 lost two members and ended up with a conference that is so totally dominated by Texas that its future is cloudy already. The problems that tore apart the Big-12 in the first place (primarily revenue sharing and television rights) will most likely be magnified ten fold in the new incarnation and will almost certainly rip apart the new conference sooner or later.
Additionally, without 12 teams, will the new Big-12 even be able to have a championship game?
Without a conference title game and outside of Oklahoma-Texas, what games are people even going to watch? Good luck making money in that set-up.
The Big-12 could add two teams to make up for the losses and get a conference title game back, but who would they go to? I don’t think TCU or anyone else is going to be a national draw. On top of national exposure considerations (or a lack thereof), no matter who they add, it does nothing to improve their problems, so it will be a mess regardless. Read More