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    Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    SOURCES: ARKANSAS EYEING BIG 12

    Orangebloods.com contacted three exeuctive sources in the Big 12 on Thursday and was told by one executive that Arkansas joinining the Big 12 was "a long shot."

    Another said, "Arkansas has definitely put feelers out about joining the Big 12."

    A third executive said, "If anybody can make the math (money) work, it's Jerry Jones."

    That executive went on to lay out the only scenario he thought it might work for the Big 12: if the money can be adjusted by the Big 12 TV partners - ABC/ESPN and Fox Sports Net - to accommodate Arkansas (possibly with the help of Jerry Jones), then adding Arkansas could make sense, the source said.

    That source went on to say if Arkansas joined the Big 12 and realignment started back up with the SEC having to replace a school and possibly looking to get to 14 or even 16, Notre Dame could be back in play.

    Several sources, including a source close to the discussions that took place between Notre Dame and the Big Ten over the past month, indicated Notre Dame would remain independent unless it appeared super conferences were forming.

    And now that the Big Ten is at 12 schools already, Notre Dame might be more interested in joining the Big 12, where it might be the 12th school added to the league (along with Arkansas).

    Notre Dame could also explore having its own TV network inside the Big 12, whereas that would not be an option in the Big Ten, which has a conference network that requires everyone to share their inventory.

    A source close to Texas said athletic director DeLoss Dodds and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick have "a very close" relationship. The source said Dodds has helped serve as a mentor to Swarbrick since Swarbrick took over as Notre Dame's AD in June of 2008.



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonefan20 View Post
    SOURCES: ARKANSAS EYEING BIG 12

    Orangebloods.com contacted three exeuctive sources in the Big 12 on Thursday and was told by one executive that Arkansas joinining the Big 12 was "a long shot."

    Another said, "Arkansas has definitely put feelers out about joining the Big 12."

    A third executive said, "If anybody can make the math (money) work, it's Jerry Jones."

    That executive went on to lay out the only scenario he thought it might work for the Big 12: if the money can be adjusted by the Big 12 TV partners - ABC/ESPN and Fox Sports Net - to accommodate Arkansas (possibly with the help of Jerry Jones), then adding Arkansas could make sense, the source said.

    That source went on to say if Arkansas joined the Big 12 and realignment started back up with the SEC having to replace a school and possibly looking to get to 14 or even 16, Notre Dame could be back in play.

    Several sources, including a source close to the discussions that took place between Notre Dame and the Big Ten over the past month, indicated Notre Dame would remain independent unless it appeared super conferences were forming.

    And now that the Big Ten is at 12 schools already, Notre Dame might be more interested in joining the Big 12, where it might be the 12th school added to the league (along with Arkansas).

    Notre Dame could also explore having its own TV network inside the Big 12, whereas that would not be an option in the Big Ten, which has a conference network that requires everyone to share their inventory.

    A source close to Texas said athletic director DeLoss Dodds and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick have "a very close" relationship. The source said Dodds has helped serve as a mentor to Swarbrick since Swarbrick took over as Notre Dame's AD in June of 2008.
    I don't see ND to the Big 12. The academic standards and the smaller paycheck (compared to the Big 10) don't make it a very realistic fit.



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    You've got to be ******* kidding me.



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo View Post
    I don't see ND to the Big 12. The academic standards and the smaller paycheck (compared to the Big 10) don't make it a very realistic fit.
    I see ND joining the Big 12 as a greater possibility then them joining the socialist republic of the rust belt.



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    yay more rumors!



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    Why would ND get a smaller paycheck from the Big12 than they do independent?



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    Quote Originally Posted by RustShack View Post
    Why would ND get a smaller paycheck from the Big12 than they do independent?
    For the sake of argument (i know there are plenty of other reasons ND wouldnt join the big 12\big 10) what is ND's current tv deal?



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    Quote Originally Posted by RustShack View Post
    Why would ND get a smaller paycheck from the Big12 than they do independent?
    They'd get a smaller paycheck than if they were to join the Big 10. If they're going to join a conference, the Big 10 can pay them more and offer them a better academic reputation and resources.



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    On the bright side we don't have to worry about us not having a conference...



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo View Post
    I don't see ND to the Big 12. The academic standards and the smaller paycheck (compared to the Big 10) don't make it a very realistic fit.
    If ESPN and Fox up the anti to B12 with ND joining and being able to start their own network doubt B10 could touch that.


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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    For the sake of argument (i know there are plenty of other reasons ND wouldnt join the big 12\big 10) what is ND's current tv deal?
    I think it runs through 2015. Could be wrong though.



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    Their own Network would be the only reason ND would consider the Big 12. And that's a pretty big draw.


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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    Wouldn't they keep their current TV deal? Then also get some from the Big12? Seems like to me they would make more. Where as they would make less in the Big10 because they would have to give up their current deal..



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    I definitely don't believe these rumors, but maybe their own network would entice them to come....also they could keep a larger share of the money since we don't have an even split.



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    Re: Arkansas and ???? possibly considering the Big 12...

    A Texas and Notre Dame conference TV deal would be IMMENSE. ISU could go from almost worst week in school history to winning lottery ticket. Stick with Texas...good things happen.


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