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Enhance Conference Rivalries

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I loved hearing that the Big 12 and Pac-10 agreed to have a series of games starting in November 2007. The match-ups between these two conferences is great for basketball because it adds quality competition in the months of November and December.

It is exciting to enhance conference rivalries, and any time you can get rid of cupcake city and bargain basement goodies, it helps. It is fantastic for the fans, the players, the media. The only people who probably don't love it are the coaches they want to get as many Ws as possible!

From the basketball standpoint, it is perfect. Obviously television will love it as well because it adds more quality games to the schedule.

It is good for hoops. I look at what has happened with the ACC-Big Ten games, and now the Big East and SEC are hooking up in the future. This just adds more excitement.

Think about some of the games set for next season. The 10-game series will run from November 29-December 2, 2007. Oregon-Kansas State, Oklahoma-USC, Washington-Oklahoma State, Texas-UCLA, Texas A&M-Arizona. It is awesome, baby with a capital A!

Because the Big 12 has two schools not in the 10-game series window, Kansas and Texas Tech will add Pac-10 opponents to their schedule. Arizona will face Kansas in a marquee matchup November 25, 2007. Bob Knight's Red Raiders will face Stanford on December 22.

How about a salute to Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg and Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen for a job well done. This is a great thing for our sport.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.