What was the big news out of Big 12 territory on Monday when the league's board of directors met?
Nothing to excite Dorothy in Kansas. Or folks in Provo, Louisville or Morgantown. Missouri didn't formally withdraw from the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, as many had projected. Louisville, West Virginia or BYU didn't receive an invitation to join the Big 12, either.
Instead, the Big 12 presidents "reaffirmed" a plan to have all league schools turn over their TV rights to the league. The board also discussed NCAA legislation, the BCS, exploration of a league TV network and their strong desire for Missouri to stay home in the fractured conference that has already lost Colorado, Nebraska and Texas A&M.
Missouri may still bolt for the SEC and the Big 12 would then expand to somewhere between 10 and 14 schools, according to speculation.
So, to fill that Monday void, here are some selected tidbits.
Many so-called experts close to the University of Missouri program maintain that the Tigers will leave for the SEC; it is all but a done deal.
Many disagree on who will replace Mizzou as the Big 12's 10th team. Over the weekend, many Internet jockeys close to Texas said it would be West Virginia. Oklahoma's athletic director said it would be BYU.
It is interesting to note, unlike the Pac-12, which requires a unanimous vote of CEO's (presidents and chancellors) to expand, the Big 12 will expand or retract with a vote of 75 percent majority.
This is interesting to me because if Missouri joins A&M as defectors, it would be awkward if they had a vote on who would replace them. Common sense would dictate they withdraw from voting. According to Big 12 by-laws, Missouri and A&M would be labeled then as "withdrawn" or "breaching" members.
If that is the case, if I'm reading it right, just eight Big 12 presidents would vote and a 6-2 majority would get it done. That's half of the Big 12 circa 2009.
If BYU, Louisville and West Virginia are prime candidates, the Salt Lake City market is ranked 33rd, Louisville is 50th and Morgantown, West Virginia is in the Pittsburgh market which is 24th. Of course Dallas-Fort Worth ranks No. 5; Austin is 49th, Des Moines/Ames is 71st; Oklahoma City 45th, St. Louis, Mo., 21st. Losing the Missouri market of St. Louis/Kansas City would be a big loss in potential TV sets.
Broadcast types are calling the quick-shuffle to air BYU-Oregon State and its accompanying ratings "amazing" and "astounding."
To recap, BYUtv got together with the Pac-12 and Fox and, in a matter of days, with little marketing and promotion, partnered up to televise the Beavers versus Cougars. It drew an impressive rating in Utah and was the second-most watched TV program over the weekend behind the Cowboys-Patriots NFL game. I'm told BYU is restricted from releasing the rating numbers.
"It was a huge number," said ESPN producer Mikol Minor, who consulted with all parties. "It was tricky to do, getting three parties together that quick, we were talking graphics with Fox over the phone. We were asked to bring in a 'neutral' color man, and I found a friend, Mike Lamb from the Bay Area. Everyone seemed very pleased."
In talking numbers, in the nation's No. 1 TV market, New York City, two Big East games went head-to-head this past weekend at 8 p.m. Rutgers-Louisville drew a 1.45 rating on ESPN2 and West Virginia-Syracuse was .07 on ESPN, according to Nielsen ratings.
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