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More Arkansas-to-Big 12 rumors emerge

Last week during a SEC teleconference with the media, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier brought up the fact that he’d been hearing rumors of Arkansas heading to the Big 12 as part of the conference expansion apocalypse.

Apparently, the Ol’ Ball Coach and Kirk Bohls have very similar sources.

According to the Austin American-Statesman writer, he’s hearing that “the Big 12 would go hard after Arkansas” if Missouri — and only Missouri — were to bolt for the Big Ten.  Bohls added that Arkansas might be willing to listen to overtures from the Big 12 if the conference came a calling.

Mizzou, of course, has been one of five schools — along with Nebraska, Rutgers, Syracuse and Pitt — most attached to the Big Ten as far as expansion is concerned.

I’m guessing, though, that the SEC is not too concerned about losing a program such as the Razorbacks as the conference — and their multi-billion TV agreement — would have no problem in filling any type of vacancy.

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  1. xacvol says: May 3, 2010 2:40 PM

    That’s fine, Arkansas hasnt competed in the SEC for years anyway.

  2. MN Boise Fan says: May 3, 2010 2:43 PM

    Arkansas belongs in the Big 12 – if the rest of the line up stays the same.

  3. Thor says: May 3, 2010 4:45 PM

    Please bring WVU to the SEC.

  4. Bious says: May 3, 2010 6:17 PM

    Wouldn’t shock me. Arkansas doesn’t fit in the SEC and their rivalry with LSU just isn’t that great.
    Them going to the Big XII makes sense for everyone

  5. Michael says: May 3, 2010 9:20 PM

    FSU will be the replacement for Arkansas in the SEC

  6. DCroz says: May 3, 2010 9:22 PM

    These rumors have actually been kicking around for several years, going back to Houston Nutt’s tenure as football coach. The argument was that 1) the Hogs miss their old rivalries with the TX schools, and 2) Arkansas is more of a Great Plains team than a Southeastern one, and so its natural recruiting base fits better with the Big XII than with the SEC.
    Should the Hogs leave, what would be really interesting to see would not be who would replace them so much as whether the SEC would decide to go ahead and expand since they’re already talking to other teams, anyway. If the league did just decide to stick with twelve teams, then a couple problems present themselves:
    1) The SEC’s most likely targets for expansion are all geographically in what is the Eastern Division, namely Clemson, West Virginia, Florida State, Miami, Louisville, and (maybe) Georgia Tech. Would the league stick one of these teams into the West against natural geography, or would it move someone else (like Vandy) into the West?
    2) If the league wanted a team that fits geographically in the West, who would they go after? Houston? Memphis? Southern Miss? Tulane? Unless the SEC could steal one back from the Big XII (and really, who would they want aside from Texas, who couldn’t come without A&M) then none of those selections look to be at least as good as the team it lost, aside from Memphis for basketball considerations.
    Stay tuned…

  7. Sir_Porkalot says: May 3, 2010 9:58 PM

    It funny that not anybody from Arkansas knows anything about this……….

  8. dotbo says: May 3, 2010 11:08 PM

    As a Nebraska fan, I’d like to see the Big 12 grab a decent few teams, and become a Big 16. I’d pick LSU (yeah, right!), Arkansas, TCU, perhaps SMU (great history, nothing lately), and Utah. Utah can keep their rivalry with BYU in the non-conference. Screw Rice and Houston – no football, no draw.
    Or NU can go to the Big 10. Ha!

  9. ParkerFly says: May 4, 2010 12:09 AM

    Petrino will not like this. He came to Arkansas because it was in the SEC.

  10. Mark R says: May 4, 2010 4:12 AM

    DCroz talks about which division (East/West) to stick the new team.
    When it comes to all of the conferences expanding, why do the divisions have to stay the same each year? Why not have the conference jumble the teams from one division to another each year?
    Especially in a 14 team conference, this would add freshness to the schedule each year, and ensure that over time, the teams all wind up playing the other teams in the conference in games that matter. There are still plenty of games to schedule with teams in the other division to ensure that rivalry games are played each year. Tickets to the conference championship game would be punched based on division record, with head to head as the tiebreaker, and overall conference record as tiebreaker for a 3 way tie.
    As an ND alum, who has in the past always exposed joining a conference, I think this could be the way for ND to join the Big 10. Only 5 or 6 conference games would be required, so plenty of room to schedule for longstanding games against USC and Navy, as well as playing other teams on the “national schedule”. And then get to rotate the teams around the Big 10, so not playing the same teams every year, even as a Big 10 member.

  11. tom says: May 4, 2010 11:49 AM

    USF, Miami or FSU would be good choices. The reason they would not accept is simply the competition in the SEC would cost them too many victories. I would prefer GT. Fan base is good. They are SEC from way back and would tighten up the league boundries. Many benefits for the fans. Clemson would be OK but they are more ACC types. WVA, no way. No reason(see GT).

  12. Deb says: May 4, 2010 1:16 PM

    I don’t see FSU coming into the SEC–too much competition. I’m with tom on bringing back GT; a lot of history with Tech. Sorry, dotbo, you can’t have LSU … and you wouldn’t really want them. They’re terrible drunkards and leave a big mess when they come to town. But Les Miles is too entertaining to lose.
    Well, the SEC has a lot to offer. Great competition, a storied history; quirky personalities. And this year, if you have to play the reigning National Champs, you get an automatic bye the week before … not that it will help ;-)
    ROLL TIDE!!

  13. hoggeek says: May 4, 2010 4:42 PM

    Arkansas will leave the SEC when the SEC kicks them out. Arkansas until recently helped carry the SEC in basketball, and now that the football program finally has a real coach, they’re going to be highly competitive. This will be a non-discussion by December.

  14. burntorangehorn says: May 4, 2010 7:03 PM

    Arkansas wouldn’t exactly expand the Big 12 to a great market or anything, but even if Missouri were to remain, I’d still love to see the conference pick off Arky and kick out Baylor. While Texas doesn’t really see things this way, Hogs fans consider Texas the most hated rival, and Ark-aggie games would be big ones as well.
    NO to TCU, SMU, or any other small schools that would do nothing to expand media markets.

  15. Ali@HogHeaven says: May 7, 2010 12:08 AM

    Reading all these mis-informed comments will make it all the sweeter when the Arkansas Razorbacks, Ryan Mallett, and Coach Petrino kick SEC butts this season…Hogs are staying where they belong.. in the SEC…GO HOGS!!!:)

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