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College sports fans weigh in on Big 12 changes


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Being that it is June, Leroy Staker and Jonathon Wolford have their eyes on professional baseball. But their conversation is centered around college football.

"Never, and I watch sports all the time, and I've never seen it before," noted Staker, an Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Colorado is turning the Big 12 into a smaller 11, announcing they're moving to the PAC 10 Conference. And it appears Nebraska is planning to join the Big Ten, which already has eleven teams.

"We're going to have the option of having the big game cause we're going to have all these teams," said Wisconsin Badgers fan Wolford.

Of course, Hawkeye and Badger fans are looking forward to a growing conference. But the crumbling Big 12 could mean trouble for Iowa State University.

"Iowa State should be maybe a little worried right now because I don't know where they would actually go," Staker commented.

The President of the Iowa Board of Regents worries this could have a significant, negative affect on ISU. Senator Tom Harkin said he's dismayed by the proposals. And Senator Chuck Grassley is preparing to investigate whether it's even legal.

"We've gotta look into it, and I think I have a responsibility to look into it because the Big 12 has been very good to Iowa State," said Grassley.

Staker and Wolford realize the movement is really about money. But they believe the players and fans are in it for the right reasons.

"They actually want to win. They're not just doing it for the cash," said Wolford.

Grassley is vowing to look into removing the federal non-profit status for big universities. Again, to make it clear, the break-up of the Big 12 is, at this point, just speculation. Nebraska is expected to make an announcement about their membership tomorrow. But Oklahoma State is trying to squash rumors that it is also leaving the Big 12. The university claims there are no plans to make an announcement in the near future.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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