Designated Read: Hop to, TCU
• At least we're out of the tree: TCU has accepted the Big 12's invitation to throw over the Big East, and will join up with the increasingly inaccurately named conference in July of 2012. As noted previously in this space, this is an entirely sensible move, and will pass without ridicule. Not so lucky is the Big East itself, which is getting the Mandel treatment over in the column seats. Now gussying themselves up for another potential partner-swap are San Diego State and Central Florida. No, there will be no living with Mike Bianchi after this.
• "But for professors facing budget cuts and students going deeper into debt to while athletics keeps or increases subsidies, does it matter where the money goes?" A thoughtful read from the NCAA compliance blog on the siege against athletic departments.
• Quote of the day, I: "In the last 30 years, two power conference programs have become elite [without] a power vacuum, awesome access to talent or a wealthy benefactor. Those two are Virginia Tech and Wisconsin, both of which had the immense benefit of stability and patience." -- Patrick Stevens
• Quote of the day, II: "Ultimately we would like to be in the SEC. That's where we think we belong geographically. We think we deserve to be." -- Memphis AD R.C. Johnson
• Giveth, taketh: Jordan Wynn (shoulder) is done for the year at Utah. Florida State's Chris Thompson (back) has also played his last down for 2011, but doctors report encouraging test results. Alabama's Arie Kouandjio (knee) may have season-ending surgery. John Brantley (ankle) is an early scratch for Auburn. And Tajh Boyd (hip) is on full practice duty, per Dabo Swinney, though he's taking some heat from his coach and teammates for exiting Saturday's game on the injury cart.Ohio State propaganda art already lapping the field Brad Wing is sorry as long as all vandalizing materials are washable new film about the Army-Navy game visions of gold-plated rifles is not going too well some sort of media snit has some thoughts