Last summer, the Big East had approval from its presidents to admit Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, and Missouri, in the event that the four schools were left out of a potential PAC 16 conference. That didn't happen, yet, there is ample evidence that Gary Pinkel has never heard of the Big East Conference. Today he said to Tim Brandon:
Obviously, we have some issues in our league. When you have Nebraska leave one year. Colorado leaves. Also now Texas A&M. Three really good football teams. … You know, we’ve got some issues. Without question there’s some issues that other leagues don’t have. You don’t hear anything about any other league in the country having these kind of problems. We all know where it starts. Mike Alden’s not the point man here. Dan Beebe is. Dan Beebe’s our commissioner. He’s the guy to ask. I don’t know what they’re going to do. I’m just focusing now on winning the football game. … There’s just no one in the country, no other league in the country, where this stuff goes on. And it’s really a shame because the potential of the league is just so tremendous. Anyway, I have no control over it. We’re just trying to beat Miami (Ohio).
Oh contraire, Mr. Pinkel. Losing three teams is quite common over here on the east coast. Judging by some of the future predictions about super conferences and Missouri's possible home, you might want to familiarize yourself with us and our history.