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June 15, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Tuesday morning links — expansion roundup, and USC loses a transfer

This might be the last time we really have to fill this space with expansion news. Other than Utah almost certainly joining the Pac-10 sometime soon, this should be it on expansion for a while as there don’t appear to be any more moves in the offing for any conference at the moment.
Some links:
— SI.com got a copy of an e-mail sent out two weeks by Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe outlining why the teams in the Big 12 should stay put. He wrote that powerful people within college athletics were worried about what a massive expansion might mean, and that he could get a better TV deal for his member teams. But as SI.com notes, ultimately what saved the Big 12 was “money and Texas,” and largely that Texas wanted its own TV network, something the Pac-10 resisted.
— ESPN.com also examines the memo, noting that Beebe, a native of Walla Walla, said that the Pac-10 has “fairweather fans” in his attempt to keep his conference intact (which, of course, he was being paid seven figures to do, so hard to blame him, really, for pulling out all the stops).
— Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer says the whole dance over expansion shows everything that’s wrong with college athletics.
— The Times’ Bud Withers also breaks down what went wrong.
Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Corvallis Gazette Times has the same wonder as followers of the other Pac-10 Northwest schools — will adding Colorado and Utah be worth it at the expense of a trip to LA every few years?
— The Orlando Sentinel says Texas is the big winner and the Pac-10 the big loser.
— Utah continues not to comment on the Pac-10 rumors.
— Junior linebacker Jordan Campbell is the first USC player to transfer since the NCAA penalties of last week, though it sounds as if other factors were probably at work, as well. (USC, however, did get a commit from top OL Marcus Martin of Crenshaw High).
— The Orange County Register says there’s little logic to the NCAA forcing USC to cancel a game it has had scheduled at Hawaii since 2001 as part of its recent penalties, and hard to not agree since the big loser of this will be the beleagured Hawaii athletic department, which could lose out on $1 million as a result (UH is having some significant budget issues at the momeht).
— The Pre-Snap Read’s breakdown of every team finally hits another UW opponent — Syracuse at No. 80.
All for now.

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