Hatfields and McCoys Big Win for Big 12 Addition West Virginia

Nothing gets middle america to the TV set like a good ol’ fashioned family feud. History Channel debuted its landmark miniseries Hatfields and McCoys on memorial day.

The show follows Kevin Costner as ‘Devil Anse’ Hatfield who feuds with Bill Paxton’s portrayal of Randolph McCoy. The lore is popular at West Virginia University among students, faculty and locals. There is even a dining cafe named after the Hatfields. So the families have expanded their enterprise out of blood feuds.

Although a distinctly american tale, much of the mini-series was filmed in Eastern Europe, Romania to be precise. The cast and crew endured a bit of chilly weather during filming. When Devil Anse gets baptized, Costner is actually enduring quite frigid temperatures.

The project also marked a step up for History Channel who is better known these days for shows like Ancient Aliens and Monster Quest, thanks in part to Comedy Central’s South Park.  The mini series is the networks first foray into scripted drama.

At the very least, frat boys at WVU can look forward to one more thing to drink about when they return to school in the fall.

The ACC is going DOWN thanks to SEC-Big 12 Agreement

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In recent weeks the internet has been buzzing concerning the ACC’s almost-inevitable demise.

Rumor circulation supports a probable exit of Florida State to the Big 12. Those rumors have sparked more rumors that Clemson would be sure to follow if FSA moved.

If the Tigers and Seminoles bail, the situation would be grim for the ACC who already suffers on the edge of college football significance.

Then, on Friday, the SEC and Big 12 have agreed to play an inter-conference brawl between their respective champions. The Big Ten and Pac 12 have already gone through the Rose Bowl alignment so the Big East and ACC are basically on the chopping block.

McClatchy Tribune Writer David Teel puts the finances into perspective:

“Naturally, the Big 12 and SEC plan to award their event to the highest-bidding venue and television network, widening the money gap between the ACC and the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.

The ACC’s new, 15-year media rights contract with ESPN is worth approximately $17 million annually per school, a 30-percent increase. By summer’s end, the Big Four conferences all figure to have arrangements worth $20 million-plus per school. USA Today reports that the Pac-12 could approach $30 million.”

Teel also proposes a most interesting notion: What if the Rose Bow and the new Big-12/SEC matchup became “de facto national semifinals”.

Wouldn’t that be another win for the Big 12 😉

Should the ACC and Big East Create Their Own Bowl Game?

Now while not directly related to Big 12 happenings. A possible restructuring of bowl games to include a Big East/ACC Championship would certainly affect the Big 12’s athletic dominance. It seems like the Big East would be the biggest winner however. What are your thoughts on a move like this?

With the current BCS contract set to expire at the end of the 2013 season, the landscape of college football is set to change in the coming months.  In the last few weeks, the SEC and Big 12 announced that they will be creating their own bowl game, in which each conference’s champion will play, beginning in 2014.  While it is unclear what this new bowl game means to the Fiesta Bowl (in which the Big 12 champion currently plays) and the Sugar Bowl (in which the SEC champion currently plays), it is possible that both of those bowls could continue to exist after 2014.  Additionally, the bowl would likely be joining the Rose Bowl (played by the Big Ten and Pac-12 champions) and the Orange Bowl (played by the ACC champion). 

Furthermore, it is expected that in coming months, BCS commissioners will vote to approve a four-team playoff system as a modification to…

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