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August 24, 2010

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That's all well and good, but that sure will throw a monkey wrench into scheduling if Nebraska is still planning on departing in 2011.

The Big 12 needs to act fast and invite Memphis. That would keep the conference at 12 for at least one of the two years Colorado remains (maybe both). However much money the conference stands to loose by dropping to 10 members, I bet its less than the loss felt by having 11 members with uneven scheduling and not football championship game to increase some coffers. It would also give the conference at least another year to consider who else to add after Colorado leaves. And Memphis seems likes such an obvious choice, I don't understand why I haven't heard them mentioned yet. Memphis would probably even boost the Big 12's position at the bargaining table, at least as far as basketball is concerned. Adding Memphis to Kansas/Texas/OSU/Oklahoma/Texas Tech/Kansas State/(and maybe even Missouri) places the Big 12 on par with the ACC and Big East as far as the best basketball conference discussion goes. Sure, they may not bring much initial competition in football, or the "stature" of Nebraska, but neither will any other school. Plus Memphis brings in a new, large television market. And then there's that whole Fed-Ex thing.

Memphis? You've got to be kidding.

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