The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

May 17, 2012

HERTZEL COLUMN: Work never done for Big 12 boss

MORGANTOWN —  

Bob Bowlsby, the new Big 12 commissioner who seemed to walk into a job after all the work was done, has already learned the lesson that all the experienced collegiate conference commissioners have learned:
The work is never done.
When he took over it appeared that expansion had been completed, that a new TV contract was agreed upon, that stability had come to a conference that seemed ready to implode less than a year ago.
Now Florida State University is screwing up all that serenity, so much so that Bowlsby has put expansion back on the agenda for the Big 12.
It seems there are factions in the FSU family that think leaving the ACC for the Big 12 might be the right step to take … and, of course, if they take that step they would almost surely bring another ACC member with them to make the Big 12 a really big 12.
There is a certain irony in all this.
Is not FSU the school that West Virginia University did not want to play this season and was willing to pay a half million dollars to get out of the game they had scheduled?
Rather than play a game that figured to be one of the jewels of this upcoming college football season between a pair of exciting, highly ranked historic programs that have numerous ties, the Mountaineers opted to play what is a silly, meaningless game against a non-major in James Madison, moving one of their scheduled home games out of Morgantown to play in Washington, D.C.
And now it could be they will be playing every year.
Certainly Florida State would bring another legendary program to a conference that is already rich in history with Oklahoma and Texas, to say nothing of schools like WVU and Oklahoma State, which are writing a good bit of modern history themselves.

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