The National, 5/16/12: Swing Your Partner.

Pictured: Florida State and the Big 12. (via wikimedia, copyright "Dierdre")


He Said, He Said, Oh Whatever: The follies continue, as Derrick Brooks, former Seminole and Tampa Bay Buccaneer (and more pertinently, former Florida State trustee) says the Big 12 contacted Florida State (as opposed to Florida State contacting the Big 12, or neither party contacting the other). Florida State AD Randy Spetman immediately tripped all over himself trying to get to a microphone to say, "I don't know where Derrick got that." This, of course, could mean "it's not true"; it could also mean "Damnit, we've got a leak and I don't know who it is."

Obviously, this raises all sorts of ugly spectres, as the Big 12 is now dangerously close to being in the same situation the SEC was in with regard to Texas A&M. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out which ACC school will play the role of Baylor in this little drama.

That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means: Yesterday, some twitterati got a little confused and thought this was a sign that Boise State was seriously about to pull the plug on the Great Big East West Experiment. The real meaning, however, is precisely the opposite. The Big West has agreed to "entertain interest" in Boise State as regards Olympic sports, which would solve the Broncos' little WAC problem (and keep San Diego State happy, since if Boise were to pull out of the Big East, the Big East could then discard San Diego State unilaterally per the terms of their contract).

Glad That's Sorted Out: The NCAA has finally settled on the location for next year's East Regional, which is something that normally would have been decided two years ago. After failing to secure Madison Square Garden for the 75th Anniversary fiesta, the East Regional will be hosted by Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.

That Didn't Work Out So Well: Mike Bellamy, sophomore running back at Clemson, has had problems ever since he arrived on campus; now, he'll be leaving for an undetermined JUCO as he's been declared academically ineligible.

Diablerie: Two hits from one link: The CAA will probably relocate its tournament from Richmond in the wake of VCU's departure, and Murray State's making a final decision on their pre-season tournament destination -- either Charleston, or the Kansas State pod of the pre-season NIT. ... Craig James, stranger to the truth. ... Jason Kirk realigns college football for promotion/relegation without consulting me. ... Laurie Fine is suing ESPN for libel, and I think we all agree on how that should turn out.

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