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Monday, August 27, 2012
Realignment changes landscape

By Dick Vitale

Ray Turner
Texas A&M and Missouri will still be conference foes in 2012-13, just in a different conference.

This has been one of the wildest and wackiest stretches for college basketball fans. You need a scorecard to keep track of all the changes involving conference alignment.

If you have not kept score at home, 24 different schools are changing conference affiliation for the 2012-13 season. Here are some of the highlights:

Missouri and Texas A&M went from the Big 12 to the SEC, making that league even stronger. Frank Haith's transfer-laden Tigers will be competitive in their new league. The Big 12 replaced those two schools by adding West Virginia from the Big East and TCU from the Mountain West.

The Atlantic 10 got a lot stronger by adding Butler and VCU for the upcoming season. Gaining Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart, two of the brightest young coaches in America, makes the conference even stronger as it grows to 16 teams this season.

The WAC was affected by numerous changes. Fresno State and Nevada left the conference to join the Mountain West, while Hawaii joined the Big West. Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, Texas-Arlington, Denver and Seattle are new members of the WAC.

Belmont, a perennial threat in the Atlantic Sun, is now in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Oral Roberts left the Summit to join the Southland Conference.

It's enough to leave your head spinning!

Hey baby, wait until the 2013-14 season. Syracuse and Pittsburgh will go from the Big East to the ACC. Memphis, Temple, Houston, Central Florida and SMU will go to the Big East. Charlotte, Louisiana Tech, Florida International, Old Dominion, North Texas and Texas-San Antonio will head to Conference USA.

Wait a minute, San Antonio will be going from the Southland Conference in 2011 to the WAC in 2012 and then C-USA in 2013. WOW!

Texas-Arlington and Texas State will be in the WAC for one year before moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2013.

San Jose State and Utah State will shift from the WAC to the Mountain West in 2013, but the Mountain West loses Boise State and San Diego State to the Big West.

There will be a quiz on all of this.

As I said, you will need to look at the standings just to know where everyone is.