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    Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    With the writing on the wall about UT/OU leaving the conference I think it's time we take a realistic view about what a BE/Big 12 merger would do for ISU.

    Obviously the first two things that come to mind as concerns are TV revenue and recruiting. But let's look at both of these issues - TV revenue will no doubt be less in this new league over what IT WOULD HAVE BEEN in the Big 12. That being said I don't think it would be over the top to think that ISU could still stand to increase substantially what it currently gets. I don't think it would be over the top to assume ISU pull in 13-15 million a year (equal revenue sharing?!). Thats obviously a guess but currently ISU gets what, around 8-9 million a year? Maybe not what it would have got but still more than we see today.

    Recruiting - this is where it gets good to me. ISU has never been the type of school that beats a lot of BCS schools for recruits. Jantz, Lenz, Knott, Klein, Lattimer, Horne..no other BCS offers. Even more with maybe one other BCS offer. Point being that ISU has never really won many recruits over other BCS schools. If we stay in a AQ conference how much will change exactly? We are going to make hay continuing to recruit Iowa kids and kids from Texas/Florida that are not getting tons of looks from other BCS schools.

    Wins - Basketball this whole thing is a no brainer. Especially if we can tag KU/KSU or even Mizzou along. It would make a case for best MBB conference in the nation right out of the gate. Couple CFH's love for recruiting the East coast and this all the sudden looks down right exciting.

    Wins (football) - CPR might not be able to sell recruits on playing UT and OU anymore but you know what he can sell??

    Playing in BCS games.

    With CPR as our coach (and stop telling me we lose CPR if this move happens..it's dumb, CPR's going nowhere. He didn't come to ISU to get rich) we can step into a hybrid BE/Big 12 and compete immediatley for conference titles. Are we better than WVU or Mizzou or even USF right away? Maybe not but we've got a punchers chance right out of the gate. Wins and nice bowl games helps recruiting. Maybe more than just telling a kid we'll play Texas every year.

    Facilties - the day we step into this new conference we'd be one of the top attendance draws and our facilities will rival nearly everyone in the league. No longer do we have to compete with schools with billionaire sugar daddy's. The new BB practice facility..football complex..scoreboard...all top notch in the new conference.

    It's about time we as a fan base open our eyes..realignment is going to happen and we've got to start looking at all the advantages this new hybrid conference will had. Certainly we will all miss parts of the Big 12. I loved playing UT and OU as much as anyone but I'm afraid those days are gone. Let's get excited about playing in a conference that we've got a great shoot at being very competitive in right away. Let's stay strong as a fan base and beat the **** out of these new schools..let's all get on board and start this new successfull era of ISU athletics.



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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    Nope, it's awful.

    The state wants to get us off of state money. We would have been there with the Big 12 contract, but with the rather large drop off in revenue, it would hurt our athletics department quite a bit.



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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    That merger has disaster written all over it. PErsonally, I'm not sold that the Big 12 is going down yet. Lots of posturing going on...major game of chicken.



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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    If ISU is paying Rhoads $1.5M and a "superconference" team comes in and offers $3M, he's gone and I wouldn't blame him. That's a huge pay raise.



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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    Officially unexcited.



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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    The Big 12 is far from dead. Selective poaching may happen but I don't buy a full merger.




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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    Oh, and Jantz had an offer from Kansas State.



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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    If it happens it's just another band-aid prolonging the inevitable.


    Yeah TOAST!!!

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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    why has nobody on CF mentioned anything about the rumor going on at cyclonereport that there is an associate AD meeting with all the players tonight? I've been on here for awhile now looking for discussion about it to see if anyone has any inside info..... does anybody out there know if this is true!?



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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    Im glad that seems to be the worst-case.

    But the Big 12 ain't dead till both fat ladies sing. (UT & OU). Personally, I think we have weeks of negotiations left, and then year(s) of lawsuits...



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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CrossCyed View Post
    Nope, it's awful.

    The state wants to get us off of state money. We would have been there with the Big 12 contract, but with the rather large drop off in revenue, it would hurt our athletics department quite a bit.
    Ok, did you even read my post? Cause I kind of doubt it...it won't be awful. Plenty to get excited about. The Big 12 is dead..even if for some reason it is brought back to life...it's dead. Trust is gone..conference would just be full of schools that don't want to be there and others that are just whoring themselves out for money. Yeah, that would be great.



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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by isucubs View Post
    why has nobody on CF mentioned anything about the rumor going on at cyclonereport that there is an associate AD meeting with all the players tonight? I've been on here for awhile now looking for discussion about it to see if anyone has any inside info..... does anybody out there know if this is true!?
    I'm sure a lot of people here know a player. I'm guessing someone would have said something by now.



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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    How can you be excited for this? The TV contract money would shrink. The conference would possibly lose BCS AQ status and desirable bowl ties-ins. We'd go from two years ago having teams on our home schedule annually like Texas, OU, Nebraska, Mizzou and Texas A&M to Louisville, Cincinnati, Conference USA teams...that would hurt season ticket sales.


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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by isucubs View Post
    why has nobody on CF mentioned anything about the rumor going on at cyclonereport that there is an associate AD meeting with all the players tonight? I've been on here for awhile now looking for discussion about it to see if anyone has any inside info..... does anybody out there know if this is true!?
    Not many people on here are on CR and it's probably considered premium information.




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    Re: Officially Excited about BE/BIG 12 Merger!!!

    Long Live the (current) Big 12.


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