Every orphan for itself

Here’s one way to define chutzpah:

Leo Rosten in The Joys of Yiddish defines chutzpah as “gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible ‘guts,’ presumption plus arrogance such as no other word and no other language can do justice to.” In this sense, chutzpah expresses both strong disapproval and a grudging admiration. In the same work, Rosten also defined the term as “that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.”

Here’s another.

Football in Texas is more than a passing interest, it is a part of the fabric of this great state.

  • Will Texans stand by and watch hundred-year-old rivalries be cast aside as the state’s largest universities align themselves with other states across the country?
  • Will Texans sit and watch as Texas’ flagship universities pledge their loyalties to other states?
  • Will Texans stand by as our most promising student athletes are lured out of Texas by new rivals?
  • Will Texans watch as our most precious resources—the great minds of the next generation—are exported to new conference institutions?

Baylor should know.

Seventeen years ago, Baylor had a chance to make a stand. The Southwest Conference was dissolving: what was once a nine-team league had dwindled to eight when Arkansas left for the SEC in 1991, leaving the conference’s long-term future was in doubt. Yet the remaining eight teams held on through 1992 and 1993, playing a seven-game conference slate and adding a fourth game outside of SWC play. The death knell came in March of 1994, when four teams accepted to join the Big Eight, soon to be the Big 12: Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor.

That’s when Baylor should’ve made its stand, if Baylor truly means what it says when the university climbs upon its high horse in defense of the “integrity of college athletics.” Or when it warns the masses: “Don’t Mess With Texas Football.”

Baylor didn’t stand up for “Texas Football” then, nor for this unimpeachable “integrity,” as it left for higher ground, bigger deals and fatter paychecks in the Big 12. That move left four key members of “Texas Football” out in the cold: S.M.U., T.C.U., Rice and Houston.

Of course, what this farcical nonsense is really about is that Baylor, in surveying its options in the event the Big 12 crumbles,  isn’t thrilled with the likelihood that it won’t wind up in a BCS conference once the music stops.  If the school finds the right chair to sit in, rest assured that its noble concern about integrity will vanish like a fart in the wind.

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25 responses to “Every orphan for itself

  1. Bad M

    Well, seeing as how this mess was caused by Texas, I don’t see why not. Plus, with the easy solution of sharing conference money equally, including that Longhorn network money…we’ll see if loyalty means more than money.
    Bwaaa Haaaa Haaaaa!

  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    “Vanish like a fart in the wind.” Very nice.

    And you know Baylor has been such an integral part of that Texas football history, all those New Year’s Day bowls and Heisman Trophy winners and such. At first I thought PR spin or common bulls**t was a better term for those inspirational words up there, but chutzpah is about right when you remember that Baylor really wants to keep sharing what other schools earn.

  3. HahiraDawg

    If 16 is the #, why doesn’t the SEC add Oklahoma and Okie St to Mizzou for expansion? Somebody please help me understand why Oklahoma & Okie St to the SEC will, “never happen”? I just don’t know the back story here.

    Then put the tide and Auburn, in the East and have 8 on a side. Get the ‘only two BCS qualifying teams per conference’ rule deleted, and there you have it.

    • Macallanlover

      BCS? When the 16 team Superconferences become a reality the BCS will be a footnote in the history of CFB. Their sole (stated) purpose was to bring the #1 and #2 teams together. The playoff will be automatic, and earned, when the conferences determine their representative. The other role they play is with the bowl spots, that also goes away when the like-minded schools separate from the also-rans.

    • Gravidy

      I’m certainly no expert, but I’m pretty sure Oklahoma has lots of options. The PAC10+2+? would love to have them and Texas as well.

      I think it is inaccurate to say those teams will never come to the SEC. I’m sure the SEC would love to have Oklahoma, but so would some other conferences. The good ol’ free market will be a powerful force in this situation.

      Then there is the complicating factor of their irritating little brother, Oklahoma State. I would bet that the politicians in Oklahoma will all but insist that Okie State get to ride Oklahoma’s coattails to wherever they end up.

      • gastr1

        Oklahoma State itself has already said a much. I think there is little chance OSU gets left behind. David Boren notably spoke of leaving Texas behind, but did not mention OSU.

    • Dog in Fla

      Apparently OU President David Boren read what Texas_Dawg wrote here a few months ago about the academics or lack thereof wrt The SEC West schools. Boren said Oklahoma is seeking stability in its conference relationship with “partners that are both outstanding athletically and academically…”

      http://ncaabbs.com/showthread.php?tid=511698

      Read somewhere that Boren, who apparently returns the favor whenever he is threatened, “[o]r let’s say the threat would work — a far-fetched idea; when did anyone ever get ahead in life threatening David Boren?”

      http://blog.newsok.com/berrytramel/2011/09/07/big-12-football-baylor-ultimatum-could-backfire/

      thinks the PAC12 affiliation would elevate the academic reputation of OU thereby enabling someone to compare the OU law school with Cal Berkeley’s and the OU film school with UCLA’s.

      While that feeling may not be mutual, the PAC12 would probably still accept OU and Boone Pickens as being spongeworthy:

      “Sources said that at least five schools (Stanford, Cal, USC, UCLA and Washington) have serious questions about admitting the Oklahoma schools, which are not members of the Association of American Universities. But when I asked a source close to Stanford president John Hennessy, one of the league’s most influential CEOs, if the AAU issue would be a deal-breaker, the answer was: “Probably not.”

      http://blogs.mercurynews.com/collegesports/2011/09/06/bcs-football-realignment-update-the-pac-12-doesnt-want-to-expand/

  4. Spike

    They are indeed full of themselves, no?

  5. TennesseeDawg

    Baylor should just jump into action and propose a nerd super conference with Stanford, Duke, Tech, Vandy and Northwestern

  6. Judgedawg

    Hahira, Oklahoma and Ok State are on record saying that they are not interested in going to the SEC. They are talking to the PAC 12. It is like me wondering why you aren’t marrying Angelina Jolie.

  7. simpl_matter

    Sorta reminds me of the legend vs. the true history of the Texas Rangers (not the baseball team). They would have the rest of us believe they have always been an up-right, noble bunch. Such romantic notions wilt in light of the historical record.

  8. Skeeter

    Fart in the wind, all we are is fart in the wind…

  9. Macallanlover

    Baylor only made the Big 12 cut because of, then, Texas Governor Ann Richards insisting they get a seat at the table. Senator is spot on, this is all about their survival under the new structure. I think they will be swept away like small trees in an avalanche. Unlike Vandy, they are a part of a conference being dissolved, not growing. All thanks to their wonderful friends in Austin.

    • Cojones

      Let’s not forget the chit being cashed by Starr for his hypocritical pursuit of political law. That goes a long way in Texas power circles. This stance once again places him in the fray spotlight after living as an afterthought. He will make the most of it to no avail.

      Yesterday, I saw a post that called for everyone to go where they want to go because this mock and threatened issue was not of whole cloth and unsustainable in court. In other words, A&M and the SEC should get the cojones to ignore the small fart in the wind and proceed post haste. I can agree with that.

  10. Otto

    Baylor had a Governor on the their side back in ’94. Now they don’t have a trump card to stay at the big dance.