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Conference realignment: Missouri, Texas A&M will regret leaving the Big 12

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — It's time to look ahead and predict who will regret leaving their conferences for greener pastures. Among those that will regret the move: Missouri, Texas A&M, Syracuse and Boise State.
by Berry Tramel Published: February 13, 2012

Syracuse: Regrets. The Orange is headed to the ACC, where the football will be better than the Big East and the basketball will be wildly interesting. Syracuse-North Carolina? Syracuse-Maryland? Syracuse-Duke? Are you kidding me? But Syracuse is no stranger to big-time basketball. The Orange has a glorious heritage with Georgetown, and St. John's, and Villanova. Syracuse will miss that. Will miss that a bunch.

Pittsburgh: No regrets. The Panthers aren't an old-line Big East school like Syracuse. Pitt won't mind replacing Georgetown and Villanova for Virginia and Florida State. And the football will be miles better.

Brigham Young: No regrets. BYU won't enjoy independence. If the Cougars don't get in the Big 12, they will find their football schedules demoralizingly bad. But the BYU/Mountain West relationship had deteriorated past the point of repair. It was time to move on.

Utah: No regrets. The Utes won't be going 12-0 and winning the Fiesta Bowl anytime soon, like they did in 2004. But Utah will have a good time being competitive in the Pac-12. And will make a ton more money.

Boise State: Regrets. If the Big East loses its automatic BCS berth – which I expect it will – then why exactly did Boise State join this league? So it could go 2,600 miles across the country to play Connecticut?

Memphis: No regrets. The Tigers win either way with the Big East. If the Big East remains intact for football, Memphis will at least be a step up from Conference USA, since the basketball will be so much better. If the Big East implodes, and the hoop schools go their separate ways, Memphis can always say to heck with football and stick with DePaul, Marquette, etc.

Houston: No regrets. The Big East might not pan out. In five years, Houston could be back in a league not so much different from Conference USA. Without Pitt, Syracuse, West Virginia and maybe Louisville or even Cincinnati, exactly what does Big East football have to offer? But at least Houston would have given it a shot.

San Diego State: Regrets. Does anyone really think this will end well for the Aztecs? In a league with Boise State, South Florida and Rutgers? In the Four Corners Conference? And if the Big East crashes, where do the Aztecs go? Will the old Mountain West members welcome back San Diego State?

SMU: No regrets. Ditto Houston. What did the Mustangs have to lose?

Central Florida: No regrets. At worst, Central Florida figures to have aligned itself with South Florida.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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