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As experts predicted, ESPN will pay $80m/year for the Champions Bowl per SBD this morning. Same...

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As experts predicted, ESPN will pay $80m/year for the Champions Bowl per SBD this morning. Same money as Rose Bowl.

From ESPN's Kristi Dosh It's odd to see ESPN's sports business reporter passing on a report on ESPN by the Sports Business Daily, but the big four-letter really does keeps its business and journalism sides separate. Anyway, this is a huge payday for just one bowl game. If the pot gets split up evenly all around, that's $40 million to each conference, $4 million to each Big 12 school, and $2.86 million to each SEC school. Incidentally, that kind of math is what argues against Big 12 expansion in the future.

#Big12's Chuck Neinas told @1049TheHorn a colleague in the #SEC told him, "Don't expand beyond 12...

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#Big12's Chuck Neinas told @1049TheHorn a colleague in the #SEC told him, "Don't expand beyond 12 because 14 becomes unruly."

From Chip Brown This quote could mean something or it could mean nothing depending on just who this "colleague" is. Don't bet on ever finding out this colleague's identity, though. As much as anything, Neinas is probably just trying to keep the conference's expansion cards close to the vest. For one thing, he likely won't be making any real decisions because incoming, non-interim commissioner Bob Bowlsby should be taking the lead on the issue. For another, things can get out of hand quickly. The real lesson the conference has apparently learned from the SEC is to go slowly and do everything you can to make it look like your expansion targets approached you, not the other way around.

If you haven't noticed, the top level of college football is now narrowed to the Big Four – Pac-12,...

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If you haven't noticed, the top level of college football is now narrowed to the Big Four – Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC. Those 48 schools control most of the influence, power, money and, most importantly, product in the Football Bowl Subdivision."

CBS's Dennis Dodd on the implications of the new Big 12/SEC bowl deal

No feces were found either in or on the buses.

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No feces were found either in or on the buses.

Any dispute featuring this turn of phrase is worth noting. Go 'Dawgs!

TAMU to SEC in a holding pattern this morning. Invite contingent on the Big 12 schools promising...

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TAMU to SEC in a holding pattern this morning. Invite contingent on the Big 12 schools promising not to sue SEC. Baylor still holding out.

Tony Barnhart on the Texas A&M situation Baylor's lawsuit threats are apparently all that's holding up the official announcement of the Texas A&M move to the SEC. The reason is likely because they don't have some kind of standing invitation to another power conference if the Big 12 goes away. Texas, TTU, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State can go to the Pac-12. Missouri is reportedly high on the SEC's list of candidates for the 14th school. The Kansas schools almost certainly have standing Big East invites, and Iowa State had one back in summer of 2010 (so it might have one now). Baylor doesn't have anywhere to go but the MW or CUSA, so it's going to do whatever it can to keep the Big 12 around.

California (Pac-10), Georgia (SEC), and Notre Dame (Big East), all of whom participated in the Old...

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California (Pac-10), Georgia (SEC), and Notre Dame (Big East), all of whom participated in the Old Spice Classic last Thanksgiving are ticketed for the CBE Classic in Kansas City this year, alongside Missouri (Big 12).

Chris Dobbertean is thinking ahead to next basketball season, which will see Georgia taking on some tough competition in November (without Travis Leslie, whose confirmation of what we already knew I did not report, because it struck me as "Francisco Franco is still dead"-style information, but with Nemanja Djurisic). Go 'Dawgs!

Included in the exclusive FOX contract is exposure of at least 40 non-football events per season,...

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Included in the exclusive FOX contract is exposure of at least 40 non-football events per season, including 25 women’s basketball games.

From Big 12 strikes 'landmark,' lucrative TV contract with Fox | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Nebraska coach Doc Sadler suspended backup point guard Kamyron Brown indefinitely. Sadler did not...

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Nebraska coach Doc Sadler suspended backup point guard Kamyron Brown indefinitely. Sadler did not give a reason for the suspension in a statement released Wednesday through the athletic department.

ESPN.com

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe promised big bucks last month to save his disintegrating conference...

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Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe promised big bucks last month to save his disintegrating conference at the last possible second, and Texas A&M is taking the man at his word: University president R. Bowen Loftin said in a statement/warning Wednesday that A&M "fully anticipate(s) that the Big 12 will honor its commitment" to distribute $20 million a year to its biggest fish, TAMU, Texas and Oklahoma, beginning in 2012. If it doesn't? A&M will "explore every legal avenue" to get its money, according to another high-ranking official, including the much-rumored defection to the SEC the Aggies held over their rivals' heads when it looked like the rest of the Big 12 South was about to bolt for the Pac-10.

We may not have heard the last of the talk of Texas A&M joining the SEC. Go 'Dawgs!
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