The Big Ten is just adding another Minnesota and Indiana to its football roster in order to get onto cable systems. Maryland and Rutgers aren't even players in those pro-dominated markets, but adding the cable systems adds numbers, which raises ad revenue.
Of course, the bottom line is even further proof that West Virginia made the right move in escaping to the Big 12, despite your angst over the current football season. Connecticut will now no doubt fill Maryland's spot in the ACC, which means the Big East football conference will soon be sporting just one of its original members, which you probably have to think hard to recall.
That's right, the flag bearer for an original Big East football conference that included Miami, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse, Boston College and Rutgers will be ... Temple.
And finally, I couldn't help but ask Bob Huggins Monday if he was surprised by the condition his West Virginia basketball team is in after one game.
After all, Huggins spent much of the preseason extolling the Mountaineers' virtues, going so far as to say that if this was the sixth-best team in the Big 12 (as per the preseason coaches' poll) then it was one terrific league.
And then came Gonzaga and a 34-point loss.
"I thought we'd be better,'' Huggins admitted.
It's still early, of course, and Gonzaga is pretty good. But when pressed on anything he saw in last Monday night's game that he liked, Huggins could only come up with the Zags' student section in Spokane. "I thought they were pretty good,'' Huggins said.
But this team does have potential. Huggins pointed out several times prior to the Gonzaga debacle - perhaps he knew what was in store - that he recalled one year his Cincinnati team being invited to open renovated Gallagher-Iba Arena at Oklahoma State, losing badly and then reeling off a ton of wins. Well, in truth the Bearcats lost just 69-62 in that 2001-02 opener, but the point is still well taken. His team didn't lose again until February and finished 31-4 and ranked in the top five.
This isn't likely to be a 31-win team, but it's not a consistent 34-point loser, either. It just needs to learn to play together and gain an identity.
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