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June 13, 2010 at 8:01 AM

Sunday morning briefing — what’s all this mean, and how did we get here?

Judging by some of my e-mail, a few of you are still wondering how all of this college expansion stuff came to be, and what it all means.
Luckily, there are lots of good stories and analysis out there today that answer a lot of those questions:
— For starters, here’s a story by our own Bud Withers — who is the Times’ official expansion reporter (as opposed to me, the Times’ official expanding reporter, after a day watching youth baseball and eating donuts and hot dogs).
Withers talked to both UW AD Scott Woodward and WSU AD Bill Moos to get their takes on how this will impact their schools. Mostly, it will mean gobloads of money. Exactly how much is still estimates at this stage, but it could potentially an additional $20 million or so overall annually.
As for how it will change things on the field for both schools, Withers notes maybe not as much as you;d think — something we’ve pointed out here a few times, as well. It’s unlikely either school starts to just recruit in Texas wholesale — maybe a guy or two here or there. But UW likely still keeps to its tried-and-true areas for most of its recruiting (reality is, you can still only send seven coaches on the road at once to recruit and sign 25 in a class. Suddenly spending a lot of resources in Texas or other such areas means taking away from somewhere else. Again, I could see a small impact, but doubt you’ll suddenly see 20 guys from Texas on the roster).
Scheduling, especially for football, may not be hugely impacted, either, if they go with the two-division format, and UW and WSU play seven games a year against their traditional Pac-8 rivals. Assume, as is likely, one home game a year against each of the eight teams in the other division, and you could go eight years before seeing Texas at Husky Stadium.
— The Tulsa World, meanwhile, has a nice breakdown of how this happened in the Big 12. While the Pac-10’s motivation for expanding is obvious — the aforementioned gobloads of money (and simply keeping up with the competition and higher prestige, though every other reason pales in comparison to the gobloads of money) — what broke apart the Big 12 is a lot more complicated. As the World notes, however, at the root of it was Nebraska’s unhappiness with the Big 12, due in large part to growing acrimony with Texas, which had taken over Nebraska’s long-held spot as the king of the league.
— Just why the Pac-10 needs more money, meanwhile, was well-detailed in this USA Today story from Friday. It’s old news that the Pac-10 was lagging behind the other conferences in revenue, but the story does a nice job of putting it in perspective and includes a good chart.
— That story was actually part of a broader package that included this overview of how expansion will impact college athletics nationally.
— If you wisely avoided all of this on Saturday and got some sun, Jon Wilner has a nice breakdown of where we are as Sunday dawns and what could happen in the next day or two.
— Here’s the latest story from with lots of detail on the Texas A&M-SEC dalliance. Word is Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott is in Texas today to meet with officials at schools there, which could go a long way to determining A&M’s future.
— If you’ve been wondering where the NCAA is while all of this is going on, the answer is on the sidelines. It attempted to explain why in this statement released over the weekend.
— Mr. SEC notes Texas appears to just want no part of that conference (one big reason being the academic types there would rather be aligned with the Pac-10).
— Here’s more on one of the more bizarre developments in all of this — the news that the CEO of FedEx has offered to pay $10 million annually to a BCS conference that will admit Memphis.
— Finally, Times’ columnist Ron Judd has his own unique thoughts on expansion and what happened this week at USC.
All for now.



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