Big XII Follies

The rumor mill is going strong on the Big XII’s fate.

ESPN is reporting that – and somehow you knew this was inevitable – Texas legislators are maneuvering to replace Colorado with Baylor in the event the Pac-10 cherry picks.

“If you’re going to have an exported commodity involved in this, do you think we’re going to allow a school from outside the state of Texas to replace one of our schools in the Big 12 South? I don’t think so. We’re already at work on this,” the site quoted a a high-ranking member of the Texas Legislature as saying.

Meanwhile, the current Big XII membership isn’t asleep at this switch.  It’s supposedly delivered an ultimatum to at least one of its schools.

The conference, amid a chorus of story lines that would all significantly change the face of big-league college sports, has imposed a deadline of Friday for Nebraska and Missouri to state their intentions on whether they intend to bolt for the Big Ten, with the possibility of an extension for a decision by next Tuesday, The Austin American-Statesman has reported, citing two sources.

The Big 12’s university presidents decided on imposing the ultimatum, two highly placed officials within two of the conference schools said, according to the newspaper.

“Nebraska has until 5 p.m. on Friday to tell us what they’re going to do,” one school official said, according to the The American-Statesman. “The same deal for Missouri. They have to tell us they’re not going to the Big Ten.”

A Dallas Morning News report also cited a deadline for the Cornhuskers but said it was within two weeks.

If it’s true that the University of Texas’ preference is to keep the Big XII intact the way it is, you’ve got to admire the way it’s playing both sides off against the middle here.  It looks like the big question now is whether Nebraska gets that Big Ten offer soon enough.

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16 responses to “Big XII Follies

  1. RedCrake

    And what exactly will the Big XII do if Nebraska and Missouri don’t comply? Withhold payouts? Kick them out of the conference? This stuff, while getting a little drawn out, is immensely entertaining.

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    • Connor

      High drama. What will they do? And does Nebraska just have to say they’re staying? What does that do for anyone? Are they going to make them sign something? And why aren’t the rest of the big 12 teams forced to do this? Plenty of rumors that they are in play as well. If this ultimatum is legit I think it means the Pac10 offer is not appealing to the majority(texas) but that there is real meat to the rumors of the Big 10 going after mizzou and Nebraska, which isn’t surprising.

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  2. GirlDawg

    Isn’t it funny how all RUMORS seem to materialize? Hate to be UT, hot chick at the dance, with 3 ugly sisters tagging along! DAD IS SO MEAN!!!! Cinderella and the Ugly Step Sisters!

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    • Macallanlover

      Can’t agree with that, like all smoking hotties, Texas will always have attractive options, and will ultimately prevail. If Nebraska/Mizzou bolt, the seismic shift begins and Texas will still be the prettiest girl. They will be the brightest star of a restructured Big 12, and the #1 choice of both the PAC10 and SEC. Lot of suitors backing the cash truck up to Austin.

      The amazing thing to me is how fast this situation has intensified. It has gone from interested musings to enough smoke to feel something that will change CFB forever is almost certain to happen, if not this year, within the next 24 months. I am not opposed to realignment, but I am afraid things are moving too fast and the reasoning is very narrow minded and short-sided.

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  3. Mayor of Dawgtown

    This is a tremendous opportunity for the SEC. If the PAC-10 takes in Colorado and Utah (one of the scenarios presented and a natural fit, IMO) the SEC should offer to admit the 4 Texas schools, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor (that’s right–Baylor). Texas state government will not allow Baylor to be left out and besides it is useful to let in a Vandy-type school, too. I know an http://i.ixnp.com/images/v6.33/t.gifinfluential guy in Texas who told me that Texas government did the same thing when the Texas schools joined the Big-12–the Big-12 wanted to leave out Baylor but the state wouldn’t let them. Baylor has a lot of powerful alumni in Texas. Baylor has a big fanbase in Texas, too. Getting all 4 Texas schools absolutely sews up TV in the 2nd most populated state. Texas includes the Dallas market, the Houston market, the San Antonio market and the Austin/Waco market which is bigger than most people think. The weak sister is actually TTU not Baylor, but even TTU has a solid fanbase in west Texas. The SEC would instantly be in a position to dominate college football on television across the entire sunbelt. Geographically it makes sense, too. The SEC is already in La and Ark which are adjacent to Texas.

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    • NCT

      It’s been my understanding that the Baylor-to-Big XII politics was largely due to the influence of Baylor alumna and then Texas governor Ann Richards. She’s gone. The political will to force a Baylor issue may not be strong enough.

      But Baylor rocks pretty well in the non-football sports, does it not?

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      • SSB Charley

        This is my understanding as well. Additionally, Baylor had a pretty high ranking alum in the state legislature as well. To my understanding, they don’t have near the influence that they used to. I wonder to what extent alums of schools like Houston, TCU, and SMU in the legislature might relish the opportunity to stick it up Baylor’s ass and block Baylor’s attempts to prevent this from happening.

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  4. South FL Dawg

    Where there is so much smoke there’s a fire, so conference realignment is coming.

    One of the things that’s obvious about this expansion thing is that Notre Dame has decided to go it alone. But if you don’t commit to a conference, you shouldn’t expect the conference teams to save a date for you. Notre Dame will for sure have a tougher time finding quality opponents once their rivals are tied in to more conference games (such as USC and Michigan).

    As far as us in the SEC, I hope there is good thought given to geography and tradition and not just money. I’m just one person but I don’t care if we ever play Texas A&M, Texas Tech or Baylor if it isn’t a bowl game. I’d be happier to see us develop good rivalries with the likes of Alabama and LSU, and if new blood comes in I’d rather bring in the Techmites, Clemson, FSU and Miami.

    Why Miami you ask? It’s a little bit selfish on my part in that I live in South FL and I’d be able to go to the games here, but besides that it would also make the South Florida TV market part of the SEC, unlike now that it’s an ACC market. This is a big TV market. In addition, I don’t think the players would mind coming here, esp. in December. Besides, I don’t think we can get FSU without Miami (and it’s tons more appealing than Texas bringing in Baylor).

    So there it is. I don’t know if Miami would be willing to do it, but I also can’t figure out why no one is at least bringing up the possibility.

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    • Macallanlover

      I am not so confident about ND digging in their heels. I can understand their decision when it was one team the Big 11 was searching for, they could easily survive the addition of one new team and a playoff game. But the monumental shifts being discussed this week should cause even the arrogant Irish to seek cover.

      When the BCS was seeking favor the founders felt it was necessary to make special concessions to ND to make their “title” legitimate to some. 15 years later, ND has never come close to being a factor and are no longer has that kind of political clout. They have been greedily, selfishly sucking up the money without contributing much (like many in our society.) If the 16 team Super Conferences become a reality, and ND does get themselves included, they could very well find themselves unable to get attractive games, would be excluded form a simple playoff process, and quickly become irrelevant in the “new” CFB landscape. Just look what happened to GT when Dodd misguided them for similar reasons, they haven’t recovered yet. I don’t think NBC will pay big money in the future for a team playing a Conference USA type schedule with no shot at the playoff. ND cannot wait until the deals are cut either.

      I am not saying the 4 + Super Conference deal will happen, but it certainly seems more likely than it did a week ago. If you take 64 of the best programs in the country, you really don’t need ND to have a title holder that would be credible. I bet there has been as much additional conversation about what to do in South Bend this week as in any other location. Despite the conventional wisdom of May, ND isn’t foolish enough to go “all in” with such a weak hand when they have so many lifelines available to them. If they do, they will become the Yale of the 21st century, a school with a past, but no present or future.

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      • Macallanlover

        Sorry, obviously I meant “and ND does NOT get themselves included” in Paragraph 2. Wish there were an “edit” feature for Word Press posts for people like me that do not take the time to review our entries, knowing we make these kinds of mistakes daily.

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      • Connor

        I agree with you. I think South Bend, among some other places like Kansas and Iowa State, have seen some restless nights for administrators. There is no way that they haven’t noticed what is happening, and considered what it could mean for them.

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  5. Vious

    Their fans must be in shock at how FAR they will have to travel if they do this….talk about nightmare flights and driving

    That really blows

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  6. Wish I could agree with South Fl Dawg because he states my preference;But, the Mayor does have it right. The state of Texas makes more sense from a financial point of view as well as a dominant conference for the SEC. However, It may never be a viable option. Then it will be back to Tech, FSU. Clemson, & Miami. Something is going to happen.

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    • Hogbody Spradlin

      Tech, FSU, Clemson and Miami sound droll, but there’s something to be said for geographic continuity. It’s been a good foundation for SEC rivalries and fanaticism for decades.

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  7. Brandon

    Isn’t Baylor already in the Big XII?

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