Dan Wetzel, Pete Thamel and SI's Pat Forde record one final pod from Japan before coming back stateside. The guys dive into the meeting between the Pac-12 and Big 12, first reported by The Athletic. Could we see a merger? As we have said, there will be politicians. Texas state senators and college administrators met in Austin yesterday and provided the podcast with gold. Pat, Pete and Dan also preview what the SEC schedule could look like with Texas and OU in the fold before talking the impact of Quinn Ewers enrolling at Ohio State a year early.
Ewers’ decision marks one of the first major reverberations – and unintended consequences – of the NCAA passing legislation nearly a month ago to allow athletes to profit off of their name image and likeness.
Dan Wetzel, Pete Thamel & SI's Pat Forde break down Texas playing against SEC competition. How would the Horns fare if they started playing in the league next season? The guys then preview the battle brewing between ESPN and Fox and their respective leagues going into playoff expansion TV negotiations. The winner coul shape the future of college football. Will Amazon and CBS join the fray? With the NCAA under fire, what is the future of the NCAA basketball tournaments? Who would run March Madness if the NCAA folds?
The notion among many leaders around the sport: Why allow ESPN access to the most valuable set of rights around the sport without other bidders to drive up the price?
Bowlsby’s accusation was, essentially, that ESPN was trying to orchestrate a maneuver that could help save the network and its partners well over a half-billion dollars.
College football expansion talk continues to turn as the Big 12 sent a cease-and-desist letter to ESPN... there always will be lawyers. And in another unexpected event, #1 QB recruit Quinn Ewers is mulling over a decision to leave high school a year early to enroll at Ohio State to cash in on the new NIL laws. Is this the next big trend for top recruits? Finally, the Pac-12 said they could be comfortable staying with 12 teams...could we see the Big Ten doing the same?
Ewers has emerged as such a precocious and recognizable star that he has the potential to earn nearly a million dollars in the next year by profiting off his Name Image and Likeness.
Texas’ move to the SEC is an admission that it's just like everyone else, something the school’s 52-46 conference record the past 11 years and “TEXAS IS BACK” punch lines have indicated.
Barring some type of legislative or governmental Hail Mary, this is expected to sail through and be voted on by the SEC sometime this week, sources told Yahoo Sports.