Texas Oklahoma decimated college soccer and now CU Buffs may be wise to follow the path of Nebraska and call Big Ten
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Texas Oklahoma decimated college soccer and now CU Buffs may be wise to follow the path of Nebraska and call Big Ten

Texas Oklahoma decimated college soccer and now CU Buffs may be wise to follow the path of Nebraska and call Big Ten

Mel Tucker’s revenge. Revenge. Travel to Lincoln, Chicago and Ann Arbor. Lunacy? Perhaps not. “From afar, I think the Big Ten seems like it is more likely than the Pac-12, and it is from a vast distance,” said Gary Barnett, the former Buffs football coach.
Rooting for Nick Saban is icky and scuzzy, but Lord Almighty would have been happy to see Alabama fall 60 points—hell, let’s make it 70—starting just behind Bevo.

Texas Oklahoma decimated college soccer and now CU Buffs may be wise to follow the path of Nebraska and call Big Ten

Texas Oklahoma decimated college soccer and now CU Buffs may be wise to follow the path of Nebraska and call Big Ten

Because the SEC-bonding Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners just took a hatchet to college soccer, as we know it. And loved it. And loved it. Or he was trying, anyway.

“I don’t know how the Big 12 endures,” said former CU coach Gary Barnett who guided the Buffs in four division titles and played in the Missouri in his predecessor, the Big Eight.

“(Texas and Oklahoma have) taken me out of nostalgia for what it used to be. It’s just totally different.”

Forget about fidelity. Forget about covenants. Forget geography. Forget geography. Forget about basic sense. It’s all a huge, soulless, good-free cash collection. Overall pandemic? Sorry, children. We have agreements. We have contracts.

Dave Ridpath, longtime supporter of NCAA reform, Ohio University professor and CSU alum, said that “College presidents have relinquished much influence to conferences and thereby to the ESPN.” “And none of these adjustments are, in my opinion, best for education or sport.”

SEC is joined by the Horns and Sooners. The Big 12 has just taken a step closer to entering the beyond. This dog-eat-dog. This is dog-eat-dog. Logic and tradition are secondary to your back. And your coffers. Your coffers.

So if you use the notion of CU Buffs to explore the big ten, say, you anticipate Barnett to giggle.

He just doesn’t. At all. At all.

“Whatever one of those conferences will survive, you can get into it if you can,” answered the former coach of Buffs. “I’d say, if you see Big Ten and say, ‘Is the Big Ten more likely to survive than the Pac-12,’ then I’d say you’d do all you can to do. Because you can keep the brand after you obtain it.

“It’s hard to get it. It’s like the SEC Missouri. They moved. They moved. They were blessed to be there because they moved into college soccer’s finest brand. And now they can stay (stable) through this (realignment), regardless of what. And that’s essential.”

Lunacy? Probably.

Then these are insane times again. Anything that gets the Buffs to play Nebraska regularly would be excellent for college football. And beyond that, CU, whose fans, particularly those over 35, miss someone to despise.

For front-range transplants like anyone others, Buffs-Iowa can be enormously enjoyable, a series that bridges the Sports Column West (LoDo) and the Sports Column East (Iowa City). Imagine northwestern and the Barnett bowl road trips to Chicago. Or relive the Miracle of Kordell Stewart in Michigan whenever you visit the Big House.

Two words, moreover: Mel. Tucker.

And yes, we know where the financial bread of the Buffs gets buttered. Approximately one out-of-state CU in ten is from California. Denver is perhaps a petri dish imprisoned on I-25 by sorts from the midwest and Pacific Coast, but the soul of boulder and its donor base reside to the west.

But know this too: when it comes to money, when it comes to brands or when it comes to survival, the Big Ten is the only remaining boat that can keep up very seriously with the SEC. It doesn’t go anywhere.

Since the dog is now wagging officially, FOX may try to challenge the SEC gambit of ESPN with its own super league. Combining the Pac12 and the Big Ten into a multi-division NFL-style monster is hardly the loosest scheme on the table given their shared soccer and academic affiliations.

“I think the Big Ten seems from a distance that it has a stronger chance of surviving than the Pac-12, and that’s from a distance,” said Barnett. ‘I think with general comparison of these two, you might conclude that the Big Ten would have a far higher chance of survival, based on what the Pac-12 has done in the past decade—Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, all that tradition.’

Just because the Buffs are safe does not imply that they should not pocket. Call. Call. Protect your own. Protect your own. The victors can write history. History. However, while the checks are signed by Mickey Mouse, no cows are too precious for the slaughterhouse.

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