All of this wheeling and dealing over conference realignment confirms that college football has become a super big business. It's all about money and power. Administrators can talk about academics but it's all bluster, not substance. The rich will get richer and the weak will get weaker.
The super teams will get the best players, as they always have. Schools that aren't part of super conferences--Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor?--will suffer in the recruiting process. Kids want to play in super conferences, nowhere else.
The big winner is the Pac-10. It used to be ranked as the No. 5 conference in the nation. No longer. With the anticipated additions of Texas and Oklahoma, it has skyrocketed to No. 1.
There is a lot of talent in Texas and California and this move will hurt other schools from going there to get talent at a time when the talent level has dropped off in the Midwest and East.
The Pac-10 will prosper by adding the state of Texas, including Dallas and Houston, and by adding Colorado and Denver.
Oh, the Big 10 will prosper, too. The Big 10 Network will get bigger and richer. Media coverage will be extended to Kansas City (with the addition of Nebraska) and perhaps to St. Louis and New York City if Missouri and Rutgers are invited to join the conference.
This move will really help Nebraska, which has struggled in the last 10 years. The Cornhuskers can be expected to spend more time recruiting in Illinois and the Chicago area.
I see Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue and Minnesota being hurt because more schools will come to recruit their players.
I am reminded what happened when Miami and Florida State joined the ACC, how other schools invaded Florida to tap into its rich high school resources. The same thing happened to Penn State, which no longer dominates recruiting in western Pennsylvania. Perhaps Joe Paterno should have opted for the Big East instead of the Big 10.
When you are a powerhouse program, other schools come into your territory to recruit the same players you are recruiting.
I am not surprised by all of this because athletic directors and administrators will accept less than .500 records as long as they fill seats, get money and pay the bills. Fans won't be happy because more schools won't be winning. High school officials in the Midwest and East better start allowing spring football practice or Big 10 coaches will have to find other ways to obtain talent.