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College Conference Realignment: Big 12 Should Go On Offensive

With rumors spreading quickly about Florida State's interest in the Big 12, SB Nation's Bill Connelly thinks the conference needs to go on the offensive after barely surviving the last round of realignment:

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In other words, if [new Big 12 commissioner Bob] Bowlsby were in the mood to take a home run swing of his own, the move could be both well-received and somewhat successful.

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Following Scott's ambitious lead, here's what Bowlsby should do: invite BYU, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, and Notre Dame to join the Big 12. Do it soon, and do it publicly.

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Connelly doesn't think all six schools would jump at an opportunity to form a super-conference, but he points to a similar move by Pac-12 commissioner Luke Scott with the Big 12 South as generating positive momentum for the conference to be a net-winner in realignment and not a net-loser.

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If the last two years have taught us anything, whatever happens may happen really fast.

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