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Big East, Big 12 and ACC merger?

  • per Big East Commis. Found this in Houston Chronicle. Could this be? I do not know how to link it if someone could it is interesting.

  • Steele_ said... (original post)

    per Big East Commis. Found this in Houston Chronicle. Could this be? I do not know how to link it if someone could it is interesting.

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/6868423/big-east-commissioner-john-marinatto-reaches-big-12-dan-beebe-acc-john-swofford

    Big East commissioner John Marinatto says he has been in constant contact with Dan Beebe of the Big 12 and John Swofford of the Atlantic Coast Conference in recent days and has suggested the three meet to discuss conference realignment.

    Marinatto didn't reveal details about his conversations with his fellow commissioners but said Tuesday: "I thought it would be important for us to meet face-to-face and take the lead in trying to do things the right way."

    Marinatto also has spoken with NCAA president Mark Emmert, but he said Emmert was not planning to hold any meetings with conference commissioners to discuss conference realignment.

    In a statement to the AP, Swofford said he is open to Emmert's "involvement in helping us find a process that better serves the greater good of college athletics."

    "As it relates to conference realignment, if we can find a more structured way to do business with each other, we need to try to find it," Swofford said. "In my opinion, further exploration would be healthy and beneficial for our profession."

    The NCAA president doesn't have the power to stop schools from changing conferences and Marinatto pointed out that Emmert's involvement would likely be limited by potential legal issues such as restriction of trade and antitrust laws.

    Beebe's conference, which nearly was wiped out last year when the Pac-10 expanded, is in danger of losing Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference.

    If the Aggies end up in the SEC, the league likely would need to add at least one more member.

    There has been rampant speculation the SEC, which has 12 members, could target another school from the Big 12, or from the ACC and Big East for further expansion.

    "We can and must be mindful everyone's best interests and be constructive and not destructive," Marinatto said. "But we all realize we are competitive and we have different constituencies to serve."

    Oklahoma State megabooster T. Boone Pickens believes the Big 12 will survive the latest conference realignment threat, and suggests that Texas A&M stay put instead of joining the SEC.

    Pickens called the idea of moving to the SEC "a big mistake for Texas A&M" because the Aggies would essentially be moving out of Texas. He says the Aggies "have three weeks to come to their senses" and stay in the Big 12.

    Pickens attended Texas A&M for one year before transferring to Oklahoma State. He has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the program, including the primary gift to renovate the football stadium that now bears his name.

  • Miami is not helping this scenario...

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  • Why the down votes, must be a troll unless I missed something.