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Big East commish thanks Big 12 counterpart… with roses

There was a fairly decent chance that, if the Pac-10 had been able to swipe half of the Big 12 and get to 16 teams, the Big Ten would’ve quickly followed suit to get to a 16-team level.

In that case, the Big Ten likely would’ve looked to add teams from the Big East, a move that could’ve shattered that conference.

When Texas and four other schools opted to remain a part of the Big 12, there were likely quite a few people all across the collegiate landscape who were happy to have at least temporarily derailed the formation of a super conference.  Perhaps none were happier than Big East commissioner John Marinatto, who decided to display his happiness over the events of the last few days in a very unique way.

According to Brett McMurphy of, Marinatto sent ten red and ten white roses — oddly enough, the chosen colors are eerily reminiscent of Nebraska, which bolted for the Big Ten — to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe with a one-word card attached: “Unity”.

“The color combination signifies unity and 10 — rather than a dozen — represented their new membership number,” Marinatto told Fanhouse.

So, ummm, that’s that.

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  1. chargerrich says: Jun 16, 2010 2:39 PM

    Are they dating now?

  2. AmericanHorse says: Jun 16, 2010 2:46 PM

    Roses sent from one dude to another dude? That’s kinda…you know…yeah.

  3. Who's Randy? says: Jun 16, 2010 2:48 PM

    In Japan, what does it mean when one man buys another man orchids?
    Any Curb Your Enthusiasm fans out there? The Acupuncturist with Ed Asner was a classic!

  4. Sean Martin says: Jun 16, 2010 2:52 PM

    108 roses is the equivalent to a marriage proposal.
    10 roses, “You are perfect”.
    20 roses, “Believe me, I am sincere towards you”.

  5. therewasone says: Jun 16, 2010 3:21 PM

    Or maybe he’s looking for some man love? Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  6. FratBoyXXX says: Jun 16, 2010 3:30 PM


  7. srackis says: Jun 16, 2010 3:42 PM

    University of Texas still = Buyer Beware!

  8. Huskersrock says: Jun 16, 2010 4:11 PM

    “Unity, No Homo”

  9. Fike Mlorio says: Jun 16, 2010 4:30 PM

    How did he not see the inherent irony in roses, with the PAC-10 being home of the Rose Bowl?

  10. funi says: Jun 16, 2010 5:22 PM

    Nice screwing everything up Texas! NCAA could have had a playoff, 4 superconfernaces and great conferance games weekly! Now we get that Texas- Texas A&M game and only people in Texas care about! I guess Texas at Oregon on a Nov night was not good enough for Texas!

  11. Sean Martin says: Jun 16, 2010 5:35 PM

    Texas A&M is going to be a fun team to watch this year with Johnson, Nwachukwu, Christine Michael and Tannehill.

  12. Brutus B Columbus Ohio says: Jun 16, 2010 7:54 PM

    Maybe I’m the odd man out, but I really don’t see how 4 mega-conferences would be good for football. I’d rather be a first place team in the Big East or ACC than a 2nd place team in the Big-10 or PAC-10. It’s hard to generate a lot of fan interest if you know going in that schools like Ohio St (yes, I’m a Buckeye fan), Florida, Texas, etc. are always top dog. How do upstart teams (e.g., Boise, TCU, etc.) get a decent schedule if they aren’t in a mega-conference? In addition, even with a play-off some teams will feel they were screwed. How tell the #9 team they aren’t as good as #8?

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