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TCU's Long And Winding Road To Morgantown

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Maybe it wasn't a Country Road, but the one that led TCU to Mountaineer Field was no less long and windy.

Conference Expansion: DeJa Vu, A UTEP Point of View

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Conference Expansion: DeJa Vu, A UTEP Point of View. A history of college expansion over the last 15 years from a University of Texas at El Paso standpoint.

Farewell To The Huskers, Part 2

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I hope you enjoyed Part 1. And I enjoyed Better Off Red's reply to Part 1. On to Part 2. So, how has Nebraska fared in the Big 12? Here’s a timeline, noting key events…  1995:  Last year of Big...

Can Nebraska Fans "Hate" Iowa Yet?

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We lost to Michigan. Get over it. It's Iowa week.

When you are a major sports conference for that long, you will create a lot of great moments. It’s j...

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When you are a major sports conference for that long, you will create a lot of great moments. It’s just natural. And the Big Eight had its share. There was the Game of the Century, the classic football game between Oklahoma and Nebraska in 1971. There was the NCAA basketball championship game in Kansas City — the home of the Big Eight for all those years — between Oklahoma and Kansas. There was the fourth down game between Colorado and Missouri — classic in its own way. Oklahoma football won 47 games in a row. Jim Ryun and his Kansas teammates set world records in track. It’s always hard to say where things were INVENTED, but the NBA’s Triangle Offense was more or less perfected at Kansas State when Tex Winter coached there, and the football option play was more or less perfected at Nebraska and Oklahoma, and big time basketball recruiting was taken to a new level when Kansas recruited Wilt Chamberlain. And so on. But, sadly, great moments are not why college conferences are put together. Rivalries are not why conferences are put together. Innovation, history, passion, tradition, cohesion, education — none of these are why conferences are put together. Oh, sure, it is nice to have all those things. Everybody wants those things. But in the end, conferences are like most other things. They are about maximizing revenue. It’s expensive to run an athletic department. It’s expensive to run a college. And the pressure to win sends the costs skyward. There’s an intense pressure to keep up, and to keep up you always need money, more money, even more money. For years, that meant teaming up with those schools who could excite the fan base and help draw the biggest crowds to football games (and, to a lesser extent, basketball games). Then, television came along and changed the formula.

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Kyle Gets Contrary: Congress, the B.C.S., and the Virtue of Being Elitist

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U.S. Representative Joe Barton's farcical Congressional hearings took aim at the BCS and the blogosphere has confirmed that college football's major bowls are exclusionary. Dawg Sports argues that...

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