Question of the Week: Who should join the Big 12 after Mattoon leaves?
Question of the Week: With Mattoon leaving, who would be a good fit for the Big 12 to add?
Staff writer Tony Bleill says a third normal school
I don't expect any short-term changes to the composition of the Big 12, but if the league wants to restore its number to 10, there are some interesting possibilities. However, I'm not inclined to believe that any are eager to join the Big 12 because none is an ideal fit, if you're looking at it from the perspective of those schools.
For example, consider a school like Mahomet-Seymour, which for the Big 12's purposes would seem to be a great fit. It is centrally located and is highly competitive across its sports programs.
But why would the Bulldogs want to leave the Corn Belt and join the Big 12? From their perspective, it doesn't make a lot of sense. If it joins the Big 12, M-S immediately becomes the smallest school in the conference.
I think the most likely final result involves the communities that already are part of the conference.
Adding a third public high school in ever-growing Normal, or the consolidation of the two Decatur schools (leaving a more-workable eight-team Big 12), are the most likely options. As for other possibilities, perhaps a consolidation with the Mid-State 6 to create a super-conference featuring East and West divisions. Just a thought.