The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2022.07.28

The conference realignment doesn’t stop.

Conference Realignment

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reports that the Big Ten is evaluating Cal, Oregon, Stanford and Washington:

Industry sources tell CBS Sports that Cal, Oregon, Stanford and Washington would not bring requisite value as the 16 teams that will make up the league in 2024 with USC and UCLA in the fold. That could lead to the four programs taking substantially less revenue than existing members just to have long-term security in the Big Ten.

The revenue cut taken by Cal, Oregon, Stanford and Washington in joining the Big Ten — compared to other conference members — would need to be “significant,” industry sources say. That would present a headache to rightsholders trying to restructure a deal already in place.

However, the revenue those four teams could receive would still likely be far higher than the combined value of the 10 remaining Pac-12 schools together. That number is estimated as $21 million to $30 million per school annually.

Still, rightsholders who land portions of the lucrative Big Ten deal (still being negotiated) would be forced to outlay additional funds for those schools. The Big Ten’s contract is already projected to be north of $1 billion annually.

This obviously puts the four corner schools, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and Utah, as options for the Big 12:

The Pac-12 could be in danger on two fronts. The Big 12 is also zeroing on westward expansion with Arizona, at least, according to sources. There is no indication if Arizona State would follow, though CBS Sports previously reported that ASU, Colorado and Utah were the Big 12’s targets. San Diego State is in play for both the Pac-12 and Big 12, sources indicate.


De’Vion Harmon gets to know Lamar Washington and CJ Williams:

Huge congrats to Taylor Sinclair for being named to the role of Director of Basketball Operations, the first female to hold that position for Red Raider men’s basketball!

“I love the fast-paced environment this profession brings,” Sinclair said. “It’s definitely not monotonous and I enjoy that. I love the people I get to work with. My goal every day is to make the lives of the student-athletes and coaches as easy as possible.”

Sinclair worked the past two seasons as the Assistant Director of Sports Operations following five years as an administrative assistant while pursuing her bachelors and master’s degrees. As the Director of Basketball Operations, she helps coordinate daily tasks, game day operations, team travel, recruiting travel, official visits, compliance, and camps. She has been an important part of five NCAA Tournament teams, including the runs to the 2018 Elite 8, 2019 National Championship final and 2022 Sweet 16.

“Taylor has proven to be invaluable to our program throughout the years,” Adams said. “Her organization and work ethic helps me, the entire coaching staff and our players every day. Taylor brings a positive attitude that radiates throughout the office and her organization behind the scenes keeps us going. I’m confident that she will thrive in this position and continue keeping our program running as smoothly as possible.”

Also noted is that Darryl Dora is the Director of Player Personnel, Cooper Anderson is Coordinator of Basketball Operations, Matt Scherbenske is Director of Recruiting, and George Neilson is the Director of Scouting. I don’t know if any of those positions have changed, but nothing them nonetheless.


College Football News ranks the top offenses and has Texas at No. 4 and Texas Tech at No. 10:

Fine, so stats matter. The offensive coordinator who made the WKU attack that finished second in the nation in total yards was brought in by new head coach Joey McGuire – look out. Zach Kittley will take the Red Raider attack up a few notches once the parts are in place after fall camp.

Texas Tech might not have settled on a starting quarterback quite yet, but that’s because it has three great options. The running backs will be ultra-effective for what they need to do, and the receivers will grow into statistical stars.

Punter Austin McNamara was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list as the best punter in the FBS.

It appears that the football team did some Navy Seal type of training (that’s what it looks like, it is difficult to tell).


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