Keeler: For CU Buffs
It's always good to be able to choose. However, just like politics these days the truth about how cozy things got between Pac-12’s "Four Corners” schools -- CU Arizona State, Arizona, and Utah -- and Big 12 is dependent on your world view.
"I'll tell you what I've already said: I don't believe anybody's rooting to the demise of Pac-12," Baylor's athletic director said to me with a grin outside the Bears' locker, where his team is preparing for Friday's NCAA Tournament matchup against UC Santa Barbara here Friday.
Rhoades said, shifting from peace mode to hypothetical invitation mode, "I think they're all rooting for them to end up with a Media Deal that's really great for the 10 of us. But, you know what, if that media deal isn't in their best interests, then why wouldn’t we be interested at a school or an institution like CU?"
Rhoades said, "I think everyone's talking about this right now -- I believe there's lots of side conversations going on,"."I think it's safe for us to all have conversations amongst ADs within Big 12 and certainly within Pac-12.It would be disingenuous to say that there are Big 12 ADs talking to Pac-12 (ADs), relationships which go back many years.
It's great to have options, even if you're a Buff. However, just like politics these days the truth about how cozy things actually got between the Pac-12's Four Corners schools -- CU Arizona State, Arizona, and Utah -- and Big 12 is dependent on where you get your information. Your world view.
The president of Arizona told Jon Wilner from Bay News Group earlier this week that a "competitive media rights agreement" will keep the Pac-12 sailing. He also said that he expects Commissioner George Kliavkoff soon to present one to members. The president of Arizona State told Sun Devils' student newspaper that Arizona State is committed to the Pac-12.
"And you think about their football history -- it's incredible.(George) is a great guy. It's a great institution. There has been a relationship in the past between CU and the Big 12 ...".
Fran Fraschilla, a long-time ESPN analyst, told me that "Unfortunately, college athletics has become" and that the decision (CU's) will be about what makes financial sense."So having said all that and knowing that the decision will be based on that, I can see both ends of the argument.
Due to Coach Prime's ties with Texas and Florida, it is possible that the Big 12 is better suited for CU football, while the Pac-12 makes more sense as an administration, the athletic department, or the campus in general.
Fraschilla said, "There's the truth) that alumni (are out west) and (CU) being (partnered to) schools that are similar (in terms of sports," Fraschilla added."But Kansas has been a rival throughout the years. Oklahoma State.sport