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Domino theory

... the theory being, how quickly and with how much resemblance to a fast-food toy will the Big 12 jitter apart now that Nebraska has set the dissolution in motion?

The Cornhuskers are expected to make a formal announcement Friday that they've accepted an invitation to join the Big Ten, and let the wreckin' ball commence wreckin'. The Texas schools will all go to the Pac-10 in a package deal (maybe). So will the Oklahoma schools and Colorado (maybe). Kansas, Missouri, Kansas State, Iowa State ... well, who knows where they'll land.

What we do know is this: Events have a habit of controlling even the most controlling of men, which is why Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney's careful timetable went up like dry tinder as soon as the Pac-10 started muscling in on his action. Eighteen months? Delaney barely had 18 minutes.

Soooo ... it's going to be a very interesting rest of the summer, to say the least. The only thing we can definitively say about it is it will prove once and for all the absolute primacy of football over everything else in college athletics. Basketball makes money for Division I schools one month out of the year; football makes money for them every Saturday.

Which means the basketball schools will the ones who get kicked to the curb first in the ensuing frenzy. Mark my words.

Ben Smith's blog.