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Conference realignment will force a road more traveled for baseball

BY JAKE TROTTER, STAFF WRITER, JTROTTER@OPUBCO.COM Published: May 30, 2010
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photo - Texas A&M's Matt Juengel, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run against Texas on Saturday. A conference realignment into the SEC would greatly impact the Aggies and many other baseball programs in the Big 12. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Texas A&M's Matt Juengel, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run against Texas on Saturday. A conference realignment into the SEC would greatly impact the Aggies and many other baseball programs in the Big 12. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Football and its big TV dollars are the driving forces behind the possibility of conference realignment.

Yet in the scenario of realignment, football wouldn't be the only sport affected.

A major shift in the conference landscape would significantly affect non-revenue sports across the board, especially baseball, where 50-plus game schedules require significant travel.

"As far as realignment, we're just a mosquito on top of the water, waiting for a fish to grab us,” Texas said Augie Garrido said. "Very few things are done because of baseball. It's about football. So I guess we're going to do what they tell us to do.”

In the event of realignment, baseball teams could be told to hit the road. Or the air.

At the moment, in the Big 12, travel is relatively light.

Because both Colorado and Iowa State don't field baseball teams, the longest distance between league schools is roughly 800 miles, when Texas A&M (College Station) takes on Nebraska (Lincoln).

Most of the trips, however, are driveable; the longer distances, short plane rides.

That would all change, if, for example, Missouri and Nebraska left for the Big Ten; Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State bolted to the SEC; or Texas split to the Pac-10.

"This is way above anywhere I sit. But I think the more travel you do, it's not only about the expense, it's where it contradicts the NCAA's value on the student. Where all of a sudden does that go?” said Garrido, who's been a Division I head baseball for 40 years. "You're playing all these games, and then all of a sudden you're traveling, and if you can't get flights, now if you start to charter, you're doing $50,000-80,000 a trip.


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