The tenth round of the SB Nation Conference Re-Draft took a bit longer to complete, but we have now completed 10 rounds and drafted 60 college athletics programs. We set the tone a bit by selecting our 10th and 11th round picks simultaneously to keep things moving. Here's a look at the six conferences through ten+ rounds:
-- The Cult of Les Miles: Ole Miss
-- The House of a Thousand Sanctions: N.C. State
-- Conference TMZ: Cincinnati
-- The Empire: South Florida
-- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Indiana
-- Twelve Pack: Minnesota
-- Twelve Pack: Purdue
-- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Texas Tech
-- The Empire: Hawaii
Complete draft board below:
|1||1. Texas||2. Florida||3. Alabama||4. Ohio State||5. USC||6. LSU|
|2||12. Georgia||11. Penn State||10. Oklahoma||9. Florida State||8. Notre Dame||7. Michigan|
|3||13. U.C.L.A.||14. Virginia Tech||15. Nebraska||16. Louisville||17. Oregon||18. North Carolina|
|4||24. Wisconsin||23. Miami (Fla.)||22. Texas A&M||21. Michigan State||20. Tennessee||19. Stanford|
|5||25. Washington||26. Auburn||27. Arizona||28. West Virginia||29. Syracuse||30. Arkansas|
|6||36. Duke||35. Kansas||34. California||33. Maryland||32. Kentucky||31. Iowa|
|7||37. Clemson||38. Illinois||39. UConn||40. Missouri||41. Pittsburgh||42. Oklahoma State|
|8||48. Virginia||47. TCU||46. Arizona State||45. Utah||44. BYU||43. South Carolina|
|9||49. Boston College||50. Colorado||51. Oregon State||52. Boise State||53. Vanderbilt||54. Georgia Tech|
|10||60. Minnesota||59. Indiana||58. South Florida||57. Cincinnati||56. N.C. State||55. Ole Miss|
|11||61. Purdue||62. Texas Tech||63. Hawaii|
Comissioners and Conference names: BCI: Twelve Pack; BHGP: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; TSK: The Empire (working title); BECB: Conference TMZ; HoS: House of a Thousand Sanctions; RCR: The Cult Of Les Miles.
Updated USA Today rendering of the Twelve Pack's dominance above.
There are certainly worse programs that could have fell to the Twelve Pack with the 60th and 61st picks of the SB Nation Conference Re-Draft, so the commish and our conference board members were thrilled when we were able to snatch up the Big Ten's Minnesota and Purdue in rounds 10 and 11.
Minnesota gives the Twelve Pack an excellent mix of large TV markets, strong athletic department revenues, enrollment, academics, quality non-revs (most notably ice hockey) and some brand new facilities. The Gophers give us a presence in a top 15 TV market (Minneapolis/St. Paul) while Minnesota was the higher earner left on the board (29th nationally). In addition, with an enrollment of 51,721, U of M is the one of the top four largest universities by enrollment, behind only Arizona State, UCF and Ohio State. The Gophers give the Twelve Pack another quality hockey program to go with BC and Wisconsin, and the football program's brand new open air TCF Bank Stadium is one of the best new facilities in the country.
The Gophers are also natural rivals to the Twelve Pack's Wisconsin Badgers, who participate yearly for Paul Bunyan's Axe/Slab of Bacon (though U of M hasn't seen the trophy since 2003).
Purdue, like Minnesota, strengthens the Twelve Pack's northern presence and makes us even more relevant in the Chicago and Indianapolis markets. And like Minnesota, Purdue was a top 30 earner just a few years ago.
Purdue comes with Matt Painter and a top 10 basketball program. If you haven't noticed, Painter has taken over the basketball-rabid state of Indiana, and we're not sure he's going to give it back to Tom Crean at Indiana. In fact, the Boilermakers have won more men's and women's Big Ten Championships -- regular season and tournament -- than any other program in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers also come with loads of potential on the football side and hopefully a return to those 9 win seasons in the late 1990s and early 2000s. With a capacity of 62,500, Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium was also the largest on-campus football stadium left on the board. Finally, Purdue isn't a slouch academically either, tied with Georgia at 56 in the latest national university USN&WR rankings.
As our board rep Vasherized of Barking Carnival says, the Twelve Pack continues to cling to its virtues: TVs, Cash, Books and Co-eds. Minnesota and Purdue both fit the conference mold really well and continue our conference's dominance in these categories.
There are just eight more picks until the Twelve Pack picks Mr. Irrelevant of this draft. Who do you like to fall to us to complete the Twelve Pack?