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Subject: Last August SEC post

Ivy Inquisitor (Stoops\Irish folktale)
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Date Posted: 19:52:02 11/29/21 Mon
In reply to: An Observer 's message, "Lincoln Riley to USC!" on 12:24:40 11/29/21 Mon

Last August I mentioned that Oklahoma has a fairly easy path to the Final Four . Texas and Oaklhmona's departure to the SEC doesn't make sense. In most years one can pencil in Oklahoma as Big 12 champion \ Final Four contender. When the Sooners join the SEC I see them as the next Auburn \ LSU. They will be good for 8-10 regular season wins per year and once every 4 years they will have a stellar year and reach the Final Four.
Texas will suffer when they move to SEC. If they have a difficult time with Oklahoma just add Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida and Kentucky. The realistic goal for the Longhorns will be 7-5 and a appearance in the Wal-Mart Bowl.
Both teams are fully funded and they benefit from their blue blood status. The last 12 years Texas has benefited from their iconic brand because their reputation is above their actual performance.

This has to be a money move for both institutions. Which reminds me of a Irish folk tale: If you capture a leprechaun he will grant you a wish. If you're wish involves greed the Leprechaun is still obligated to granting the request. However, it ends in disaster. Texas and Oklahoma may soon experience that.

Bob Stoops has returned to the Sooners to Coach their Bowl game. Wisconsin's Berry Alvarez has done that a couple times . It has to be special for the program when a living legend coach returns for a game.

Last summer I mentioned the Big-12 will be considerably weaker without Oklahoma. If the Big 12 can keep their "power 5 " status this can open it up for the remaining schools. A team can schedule a brutal OCC games and if they win two of them they are Final Four contenders . If they go 0-3 in OCC they can win the Big-12 at 9-4 and end up in the Fiesta Bowl - which is a great consultation prize. Ironically
The AAC and C-USA has suffered the most from Texas and Oklahoma departure to the SEC.

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Date Posted: 21:20:42 11/29/21 Mon

Being reported that Kelly is about to leave ND for LSU.

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