Big 12 women's basketball: Baylor coach Kim Mulkey slams the door on Aggies

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: October 19, 2011
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“That would not be my choice,” Blair said. “We'll play anybody, any time.

“But it takes two to dance. And I'm not going to get in and be the wordsmith with Kim or anything on how she feels.”

Missouri may be next on the outs, if indications are true that the school will seek admission to the SEC.

Kansas State and Mizzou have a 100-year rivalry. What happens to that?

“We have, obviously, a great level of respect for Missouri and the matchups we've always had,” said K-State coach Deb Patterson. “But in this day of change, we have to be ready for adjustments, and we'll find new rivalries and sustain those that are still a part of the Big 12.”

And that — that there is still a Big 12 — at least offers some relief.

Women's hoops is one of the Big 12's strong suits, on par with football in a competitive sense. But when it comes to realignment, the sport carries no clout, which can be both frustrating and scary.

For a while, it appeared as many as four schools — Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech — were heading to the Pac-12.

“Well, it was all out of our control,” said Cowgirls coach Kurt Budke. “We were never involved in any of those discussions. But it did cross our minds.

“We even looked at changing our recruiting base a little bit, hitting California a little bit more.”

While not that drastic, change is happening.

Nebraska and Colorado are gone. A&M on the way out and Mizzou might be following.

TCU is coming. And West Virginia, Louisville and another school could be moving in, too.

“I think this is tough for our sport,” said Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale. “I think all of college athletics, really, is bound by those traditional, regional, institutional rivalries. And when you take geography out of it, you lose a lot.

“At the end of the day, however, while conference alignment is about many things, women's basketball is not particularly one of them.”

 


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