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(The real endgame of realignment is when the super-conferences kick out members in a decade or two)
I wrote this column year ago and it still all applies. Conference realignment sucks. theathletic.com/2729122/2021/0…
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Real Ones remember the first time West Coast schools joined an eastern conference.
The Big Ten map in 2024 and the MLB map in 1958.
Pac-12 is “extremely surprised and disappointed” by USC and UCLA move. Also notes partnering with “current and potential members."
Administrators saying they have to make these moves because of uncertainty in college sports.
In the same press release announcing its move to the Big Ten, USC also announces all student-athletes can receive up to $5,980 annually (like all schools, result of Alston case), with criteria TBD. Letting you know in every way this is about money.
USC AD Mike Bohn: "Ultimately, the Big Ten is the best home for USC and Trojan athletics as we move into the new world of collegiate sports.” Cites stability, resources and exposure.
The Big Ten chancellors and presidents have voted to accept membership applications from USC and UCLA, source tells @TheAthletic. Vote was unanimous. There it is. What a day.
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The ACC and Pac-12 probably wish the playoff expanded last year now.
A commissioner saying conference realignment is done is the kiss of death. George Kliavkoff in summer 2022, Bob Bowlsby in summer 2021.
I wrote this column year ago and it still all applies. Conference realignment sucks. theathletic.com/2729122/2021/0…
That was a helluva thing to see when my plane landed, eh?
College football as we knew it was fun. Pour one out. Definitely feels like we’re on our way to a Fox conference and an ESPN conference.
Really strong piece from Nicole. There has only ever been one female FBS commissioner, Judy MacLeod of C-USA. twitter.com/nicoleauerbach…
Source: The LA Rams are hiring Arizona State director of player development Ghalee Wadood as high school coordinator, @TheAthletic has learned. Wadood, who spent one season at ASU, was a HS coach/teacher in Southern California and will do community work with the Rams.
Kagan, dissenting: "The court appoints itself—instead of Congress or the expert agency—the decision-maker on climate policy. I cannot think of many things more frightening." supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf…
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So happy to see @JFergusonAU on here. Dude is killing it on Auburn coverage. twitter.com/markjburns88/s…
*record scratch* “You’re probably wondering how I got here. #AEWDynamite
A betrayal unlike any we’ve ever seen from the Luchasaurus. Pro wrestling continues to be this country’s highest art form. #AEWDynamite
This card is from 1986 and the man will still be getting paid by an MLB team 39 years later. Flex king.
Going through my old boxes of sports cards has been peak Remember Some Guys, like this negotiating legend.
I really hope Charlie Batch was involved with Emoni Bates and this is the start of a MAC NIL power or something.
Emoni Bates, the former No. 1 basketball recruit, is transferring from Memphis to Eastern Michigan.
Boise State adds a home-and-home with Memphis for 2023 (Memphis) and 2026 (Boise). Love this. Also, "From 2022-31, Boise State is scheduled to play 21 of its 28 scheduled nonconference games against current or future members of the (Power 5) conferences or schools in the AAC."
I asked Mike Gundy about how recruiting is going in this changing NIL landscape. He had a lot to say on that topic and taking an approach that fits his program: bit.ly/3OMAr2R
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This senior living complex has good tempo-adjusted efficiency numbers for grandparents (eGP%)
All the commissioner turnover has created a strange dynamic in college sports. Three of five P5 commissioners will have come from outside college sports, while the other two are career college officials. Very different perspectives on what college sports is and could be.
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It had tradition. It had cachet. Inside Playboy’s decades-long reign over college football’s preseason All-America teams. "That’s the All-America team everyone wanted to be on." @DougHaller with more: theathletic.com/3342838/2022/0…
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Red Wings-Avalanche doc was good, not great. Nearly two hours spent on 1.5 seasons when that rivalry was crazy intense for at least seven years. Nothing about 99, 00 or 02? Final quarter wasn’t even about the rivalry.
Finally watching the Red Wings-Avs Unrivaled doc. I found the Patrick Roy voodoo doll I cut out of the Detroit Free Press when I was a kid. These were the days.
🚨 WWE#MITBB Ultimate Preview! 🚨@SilversteinAdamam breaks down WWE Money in the Bank card w picks: 🪜Predictable winners? 🙏How to use MITB 🏆New cham#SummerSlamerSlam plans? 👋Plus: John Cena returns to WWE; Good, Bad &#WWERaw#W#SmackDownackDown Lplinkhq.com/i/1501911064?t…jfJQo4qU
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NATO will, however, stick with eight conference games. twitter.com/zacharybasu/st…
The ACC will get rid of divisions in 2023 and give everyone three annual opponents, rotating the rest.
Everything’s terrible except for this teacher going on Reddit and learning how much her students love her
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It’s a No-Beard Summer 2022, so figure the profile pic should update accordingly.
Presenting our third annual NFL 40 under 40 list: The young coaches, execs, agents and other rising stars who are shaping the NFL | ⁦@TheAthletictheathletic.com/3360579/2022/0…
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All the commissioner turnover has created a strange dynamic in college sports. Three of five P5 commissioners will have come from outside college sports, while the other two are career college officials. Very different perspectives on what college sports is and could be.
SOURCE: The Big 12 is targeting Brett Yormark, Roc Nation’s COO, to become its' next commissioner. This was first reported by @RossDellenger. The 55-year-old Yormark previously had been an executive with the Brooklyn Nets and NASCAR.
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Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow.
New @GettingOverCast: Forbidden Door Instant Analysis - Better than Double or Nothing - The tweak needed for surprise debuts - Cesaro, Cole’s injury and more 🎙plinkhq.com/i/1501911064?t…d9
This condiment pairing is blowing my mind.
UAB names OC Bryant Vincent as interim head coach for 2022, as Bill Clark recommended.
On paper, Air Force should have another strong season. But head coach Troy Calhoun is concerned about offseason surgeries on key players like his starting QB and RB. “Frankly, we might not really see what our capabilities are until maybe mid-November." theathletic.com/3376293/2022/0…
🚨#AEWxNJPWW#ForbiddenDoorr Instant Analysis! 🚨@SilversteinAdamam@ChrisVanninini break down AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door results w grades: 🩸Mox v. Tanahashi 🇨🇭Claudio's not-so-surprise debut 🪙Response to Okada 🚪Show-stealer, miscues, tweaks, MORE Lplinkhq.com/i/1501911064?t…jJcdykaa
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Peter did a great job with the Avs all year. twitter.com/peter_baugh/st…
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