Where oh where will Rutgers and Louisville end up after months of debate? The Big East still looks like the Big Fail to me and while commissioner John Marinatto’s expansion efforts seemed brilliant at first, now they just look desperate without any solid commitments from the programs he invited.
Sure, BYU is a respectable school the Big East salivates at thought of adding. The same can be said about Boise State, but that doesn’t change the fact current Big East members like Rutgers and Louisville still want out.
With interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas at the helm, the Big 12 has experienced a rebirth after Dan Beebe almost ran it into the ground. I suppose it depends on how you look at it, but considering the fact the conference nearly collapsed at the beginning of the season, you have to give Neinas some credit.
That being said, Oklahoma president David Boren has made a name for himself in the conference realignment debate. He’s been outspoken throughout the process and needless to say people have listened. News 9′s Dean Blevins sat down with Boren for an exclusive one hour interview about the future of the Big 12. In the interview, Boren talks about a variety of things, but the one thing that raised many eyebrows was when Blevins revealed which teams he thinks could be added to the Big 12 after the interview. To many people’s surprise, including myself Rutgers and Louisville were named as possible members, eventually. Sounds like expansion will head east, not west.
Take a listen to a short edited clip of the interview below. To watch more of the interview from News 9, click here.