So conference realignment is over? Just like that? I'm already getting withdrawals.
That's the popular opinion, in the wake of the Atlantic Coast Conference circling the wagons on Monday and getting every school to give up its media rights through 2026-27.
Will there still be college sports in 2026? Better question: Will there still be a Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl?
People say it's over, because the ACC was the only league left worth raiding. Now, if the Big Ten tries to get Georgia Tech or Virginia, those schools would have to pay the ACC their TV money until 2026.
Will there still be TV in 2026?
And what if there's no cable TV in 2026? What does Rutgers bring to the table then?
I hope it's over. Or dormant. For old goat traditionalists, conference realignment is like a tornado. It's destructive and uproots lives and traditions. And Omaha has been smack in the middle of Tornado Alley.
The number 16 is too big. It's not good for fans or the programs. And Georgia Tech and North Carolina don't make sense in the Big Ten, much less Rutgers and Maryland. Is that the Big Ten that Nebraska signed up for?
I'll believe Jim Delany is finished adding “inventory” when I see it, or hear it, on the Big Ten Network.
Is this what finally gets Missouri a Big Ten invite? Better ask that after the SEC announces its megadeal with ESPN.
But what about this angle: Say Delany, or another league, goes after an ACC or Big 12 school. Say they decide to challenge the media rights fee deal in court.
Some folks expect that to happen eventually. Would a media rights deal hold up in court? Would this be something a school could negotiate down in a settlement?
Is it really over? Somewhere, I see Boss Delany doing his best John Blutarsky imitation: “Nothing is over until we decide it is.”
>> Creighton baseball coach Ed Servais said Nebraska officials were behind this weekend's four-team tournament at TD Ameritrade Park. It's a great idea. Front and center: NU and CU facing off on Friday night with — drum roll — Friday night starting pitchers going at it. That's a rare thing. Speaking of rare, it's supposed to be sunny.
>> The deadline for declaring for the NBA is Sunday, and there are some who think Doug McDermott may wait until Sunday to announce his decision.
At this point, it can't be about NBA information. D-Mac is close with his family. He could be wrestling with that aspect of this decision.
>> Just curious: Could Greg McDermott buy his son a new car? And tell the NCAA that the coach didn't know what the father was doing?
>> I was once replaced at an old job within eight hours. So I kind of know how Creighton feels with the Missouri Valley going for Loyola (Chicago). That might pay off, it might not. What was the rush? Why not wait and see what the Big East does with Dayton or Saint Louis in a year?
>> The Big East might even have a commissioner by then.
>> I see some folks are put off by Kobe Bryant's tweeting during the Lakers-Spurs playoff game. But how else are we going to know Mike D'Antoni isn't doing his job?
>> Twitter is best served as a news outlet. That's how I followed the capture of the Boston Marathon suspect last Friday night.
>> Boston Strong. And the Kansas City Royals aren't so bad themselves. It's early, but this is when pennant races start for young teams that haven't been there. Can the Royals' pitching stay solid? Can the heart of the order hit? Don't know. But it's April and there's reason to watch.
>> My early candidate for baseball MVP is Neil Diamond.
>> Rex Burkhead would be a good fit in a town like Boston, wouldn't he? Every time the Patriots make a pick this weekend, Husker fans are going to have their antenna up.
>> Jerry Jones wouldn't be smart enough to take the hometown (Plano, Texas) kid, would he?
>> The lords of the new four-team college football playoff say they want to be more like the Masters than NASCAR, in terms of limited advertising, branding, etc. So I assume they'll only charge $2 for a sandwich.
>> Playoff details are set to be released this week. I'm more interested in who Nick Saban chose to be on the selection committee.
>> So Nebraska is 19-19 and has an RPI of 35? That's strange. But that's the Darin Erstad schedule taking effect.
>> It says a lot about our town that the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame is in its seventh year and it's still going strong with quality inductees. Gotta love the old-school feel this year with Sandy Buda, Jerry Murtaugh and Dr. Jack Lewis. And the induction of a classic high school team is a terrific idea.
>> I apologize for calling Murtaugh old. He can still knock me back to 1970.
>> One more and I'm outta here: One of my regrets is that I never met Wally Provost, the former World-Herald sports columnist and editor who was the voice of this sports town for 30 years. But I've read many columns by Provost, who goes into the Omaha sports hall on Thursday night.
One line he wrote stands out for me. It was written in reference to angry Husker fans after a loss, but it's the kind of smart, sensible line that holds true for any generation of Husker fan.
Provost wrote, “The other team is trying to win, too.”
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