I often wish I was the type of person who just posted whatever I felt on here or on Twitter or wherever else I have an identifiable online presence without worrying about potential consequences. But then again, if all I did was use these platforms to rant about things that drive me insane (and do I ever have things that drive me insane…), would anybody actually continue to read them?

I post this immediately after deleting a comment I was about to make on Twitter, regarding this whole Big 12 dissolution fiasco. As a Kansas State alum and as a former seven-year vet of its athletic media relations office, I have a lot of affinity for the Big 12; I worked the first-ever football game in the history of the conference in 1996, when K-State pummeled Texas Tech. ESPN is reporting that Nebraska has said its preference is to defect to the Big 10; if that happens, the Big 12 South minus Baylor plus Colorado is probably gone to the Pac-10/16. It would be a rough day to realize KU, K-State, Iowa State and Baylor were left out in the cold.

And now, tensions are building between KU and K-State. Are the schools a package deal for new conference alignment? Or will KU go out on its own in a mad attempt to protect its basketball program by remaining in a BCS conference by any means necessary — with or without K-State? That scenario — K-State desperately hoping to ride KU’s coattails, because as much as I love my alma mater I realize there’s no chance at all of the opposite happening — doesn’t leave me feeling very confident about the future of the Wildcats. They’ll probably be stuck in the MAC or the Horizon League or something like that, making conference road trips to Grand Forks and Brookings to play the new Division I programs in North and South Dakota.


Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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