Happy Saturday, BBN. I’m back from vacation and ready to get the football season underway. We are about a month away from the first snap but it seems much further than that.
There has been plenty to discuss concerning college football lately as Texas and Oklahoma are officially on their way to the SEC in 2025. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey made a major power move to get the two biggest marquee names out of the Big 12 but he may not be finished raiding conferences.
Outgoing Florida President John Thrasher was interviewed by the Tallahassee Democrat and his comments about his current conference, the ACC, were less than committal. “My point to (FSU director of athletics) David Coburn and to (new ACC commissioner) Jim Phillips is I don’t want Florida State to be left behind. I consider us as part of the ACC, but I also know that we have a marquee name, Clemson has a marquee name. I think there might be people coming after us, I don’t know, but we’ve got to be prepared no matter what the options are.”
I think the “I consider us part of the ACC” portion was quite interesting. Would the SEC make another power move and raid the ACC taking away Florida State, Clemson, and maybe Miami? I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens eventually. It would probably be in the best interest of the ACC and the Big 10 to start moving on expanding or the SEC is going to gobble up whatever they want.
It puts a team like our friends down the road in a deja vu type scenario. When Louisville finally broke into the Big East it didn’t take long for the Big 12 and the ACC to start taking teams away. Louisville eventually made it to the ACC but they had to spend a few years in limbo and their football and basketball programs are not nearly as attractive as they were back then.
It’s going to be a wild ride.
Tweets of the Day
Sydney McLaughlin won the women's 400m hurdles heat with EASE pic.twitter.com/Q1fj5D9rA6— ESPN (@espn) July 31, 2021
Congrats to the former Wildcat!
This guy is making the case that Mark Stoops and Kentucky football are overtaking John Calipari and Kentucky basketball. Does he have a point?
Steve Spurrier and Barry Switzer are candid about conference realignment | WDRB- Neither coach is a fan of what’s gone on over the past two weeks.
Wan’Dale Robinson to give Kentucky an immediate boost | ESPN+- This is a must read if you have a subscription. Robinson is the Truth and will be a dynamic weapon for the Wildcats.
Over/under yards for Wan’Dale Robinson | Cats Illustrated- 1,099.5 yards is the mark for the all purpose offensive player. What do you think?
Washington and Collins in the first round of early mock drafts | Cats Pause- It wasn’t the marquee night that Kentucky fans are used to when it comes to the NBA Draft as only one player was selected in the first round and only two were drafted overall. Will that change next season?
Jager Burton is getting help from the veterans | Your Sports Edge- Jager Burton was one of the jewels of the 2021 class and it seems like he is fitting in and getting comfortable in Lexington.
Will Texas and Oklahoma make a bigger splash in basketball? | LHL- SEC hoops has been ascending over the last few seasons but it could be argued that they’re the best conference in the country with the addition of Texas and Oklahoma.
India and Votto lift Reds to victory | Reds Reporter- Joey Votto homered in his seventh straight game as the Reds win 6-2 as they blast the Mets.
Ledecky and Dressel take Gold for the US | Sporting News- USA swimming had a dominant performance as two medaled with gold.