Welcome, everyone, to On-the-Record Friday. As you know, major college athletics is in the midst of a massive reorganization. So far, most of the news of that reorganization has come from "sources" or "trusted sources" or "a source close to BCS coordinator
I can't criticize too much. I've been guilty of it myself. (In my defense,
We got a taste Thursday, when Colorado announced it would leave the Big 12 and join the Pac-10, which at the moment has 11 members. "This is the dawning of a new day for the Pac-10," first-year commissioner
Now that it's On-the-Record Friday, here's hoping Scott won't insult our intelligence any further. It's not a bright new day for your conference if the only school you've added has a football team that got crushed by Toledo last year and then didn't have the cash on hand to fire its underperforming coach. It is, however, a bright new day if Colorado is the first of six new members.
Who might those members be? We know what the sources have said. Hopefully, on On-the-Record Friday, we'll know for sure. Nebraska's board of regents meets Friday at 2 p.m. ET. Nebraska isn't going to the Pac-10, but all the sources have told us that when the regents -- after a public comment period that could be highly entertaining -- discuss agenda item VI, they will resolve to leave the Big 12 for the Big Ten. That would bump the membership of that mathematically challenged league to 12 teams.
More importantly, it would allow the Texas-led junta of would-be defectors to finally put the Big 12 as we know it out of its misery. The group includes the Longhorns, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. It may also include Texas A&M, which through Thursday remained a target of the SEC. Hopefully, On-the-Record Friday will provide fewer unnamed sources and more clarity.
The search for clarity may stretch for days, though. If the dog and pony show Scott is putting on at Colorado on Friday is any indication, he may want schools to space out announcements to milk the attention for his league. Pac-10 and Tournament of Roses officials will descend on Boulder like the Beatles landing at JFK. Even the governor of Colorado will take part in the festivities. This is another brilliant move by Scott, who deserves every penny the Pac-10 paid him to lure him away from the Women's Tennis Association. But while brilliant, it will be maddening for those of us who just want the rest of the schools to go on the record and admit they're changing conferences.
We have a pretty good idea who isn't in the group. Baylor president
Starr's message also contained some intriguing political saber-rattling. U.S. Rep
Not to be outdone, Texas State Rep.
At this point, Baylor's best chance -- as