I wonder why there's never been an annual "Battle of Ohio" basketball tournament put together? How great would it be to have a tournament played in Ohio that consists of eight teams from the state. Maybe do it the last weekend of the preseason before everyone gets into conference play and college football is in the doldrums.
Every year you could have the three big boys (Ohio St, Cincy, Xavier) plus 5 other teams like Dayton, Ohio, etc. playing each other to be King of Ohio. Guarantee every team three games, so that even the losers on the first day get to play on the last day. Rotate the location of the tourney each year. I'm sure it will never happen because it always seems to boil down to Ohio St admins being too chicken-shit to actuallly schedule any serious in-state competition. But man, it would be great.
All these schools being thrown out there are a smokescreen. Jim Delaney gets what Jim Delaney wants. Jim Delaney wants Texas and Jim Delaney wants 16 teams. So Jim Delaney gets Texas and brings Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, and adds Kansas just to make an even 16. The Big16 then owns the Midwest from Canada to Mexico.
Did you hear that no one gives a shit about the football team this year!!
A TV ban would not surprise me at all. While I think it's unlikely for the reasons mentioned above ($$$$), the NCAA is really stepping up it's enforcement. Why not make an example out of Ohio St? Being a private school really helped USC. They didn't have to cooperate with the NCAA and they were not subject to any FOI issues. So I think the NCAA wanted to make an example out of them, but couldn't because USC's privacy made the investigation and evidence gathering difficult. So next in line is Ohio St, the biggest public athletic program in the country. Don't be surprised if the hammer falls hard. You might think Ohio St. is above the "law" (meaning the NCAA). But maybe the NCAA goes out of it's way to show otherwise.
How about this:
Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl victories vacated. Two-year postseason ban, scholarship reductions. I would not be the least bit surprised to see a tv ban and the entire 2010 season vacated as well.