I May Get to Milk this .PNG All Week: All of the previously-announced moves are semi-official at this point. Two moves are official, although one has nothing to do with the collapse of the WAC: Butler has announced that it will be joining the Atlantic 10 in 2013, while Texas State is now officially headed for the Sun Belt. But the carousel hasn't stopped spinning yet.
Idaho now appears poised to be the last football team standing in the WAC, as according to the usually-reliable Jon Wilner, the Sun Belt apparently IS interested in adding New Mexico State despite its remote location in comparison to the remainder of the conference... mostly because the addition of Texas State makes it Not Quite That Remote anymore. I don't see how the Vandals survive as an FBS program, which is especially unfair seeing as how at least two schools appear to be making the jump up in the midst of this chaos. Maybe the Pac-12 can re-invite Montana and Idaho! But the harsh reality is that according to word on the street, Idaho's administration is now seriously discussing the possibility of rejoining the Big Sky.
As for Butler's move -- which doesn't affect football, as they'll remain in the non-scholly FCS Pioneer League -- it damages the Horizon League to a fairly significant level, but I think it's important to remember that this does not necessarily relegate the Horizon to perpetual one-bid doom. There are still quality programs in that conference -- Cleveland State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Valparaiso, Detroit -- so their existence as one of the better mid-majors doesn't appear to be in mortal danger. After all, Butler finished fifth in the Horizon last year. The Horizon has not had any team other than Butler seeded higher than 11th, but they have provided a few at-large teams -- yes, even teams other than Butler -- over the past 15 years.Sure, We Need More Bowls: The Saint Louis Sports Commission wants to start a new bowl with an SEC tie-in. Yeah, good luck with that, guys.
The Greatest College Football Story of the Year: Eric LeGrand, who's really become a hero to pretty much everyone with a soul, will have the opportunity he always wanted even if it didn't come about quite the way he hoped: he gets to retire from the NFL to become a broadcaster, as Tampa Bay signed him to a free-agent contract. I can't even begin to express how I felt when that bit of news came over the wire, other than to genuflect in the general direction of Raymond James Stadium and proclaim Greg Schiano as an ubermensch.
Diablerie: They may be the enemy now, but it's hard to hate on Mizzou's T.J. Moe and Corbin Berkstresser after they got together to take a girl with cerebral palsy to her prom. (Of course, Moe is also the only college athlete to have ever retweeted me, so obviously he's a great guy with bad taste in educational opportunties.) There's a new Cy-Hawk trophy, and it looks kinda dumb too, but at least dumb in a fun way. Clint Bowyer's going to be wearing Bear Bryant at Talladega. And via EDSBS, we have the spectacle of dogs playing college football.