Terry Holland explains it all.

Terry Holland, who will always occupy a warm place in my heart for leading Virginia to its first (and, sadly, only) ACC basketball title and is now the athletic director at Eastern Carolina, has for some reason decided to post his view of where the college athletic world is at the moment as the conference musical chairs game whirls on.

It’s an interesting read – equal parts bravado (“Conference USA is rapidly preparing to compete for the remaining Big 12 members if the meltdown continues to a full implosion.”), obviousness (“The Big East has been in a bunker mentality, hoping to keep enough of its eight current members to remain a viable FBS (formerly Division I-A) Conference with automatic qualification for BCS bowl games.”) and insight:

… As for the rest of the expansion nationwide, I believe Texas will hold the Big 12 together. Texas and Oklahoma should be very happy to say “good riddance” to the conference championship game. Those two teams have a better chance for each to end up in BCS Bowls in a given season without the “double jeopardy” that a conference championship game creates for them. In fact, a nine-member Big Whatever should be their goal.

If Texas holds the Big Whatever together, the Pac 10’s “quick strike” will come back to haunt them because they are now committed to finding at least one more member who can add value to the Pac 10. Colorado’s main value was as “bait” for Texas, Oklahoma, etc… in order to create real value for the Pac 10.

Take a look at the whole thing.


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10 responses to “Terry Holland explains it all.

  1. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    “Texas and Oklahoma should be very happy to say “good riddance” to the conference championship game.”

    But will the rest of the Big 12 teams be ok with the loss in revenue which would result from the elimination of a title game?

    Wouldn’t other Big 12 schools start looking for a better deal, say from the PAC 10 (which still needs at least one other school) or the SEC? Even if they didn’t leave, won’t they now have the negotiating power to force UT and OU into a more equal distribution of conference income if the Texans and Sooners want to keep the conference together?


    • But will the rest of the Big 12 teams be ok with the loss in revenue which would result from the elimination of a title game?

      That’s the big question. One thing that seems really clear is it doesn’t look like anybody else in the Big 12 BUT Texas is all that gung-ho about the Pac-whatever.


  2. I hope the SEC remains as it is. The Big 12 remains as intact as possible & the PAC 10 becomes the PAC 12. The wildcard in all of this is not the PAC 10, It Is the Big 10 (little 11). They still may be the ones who cause the domino effect.


  3. Mayor of Dawgtown

    The logical move for the Big-12 if it can keep Texas and Oklahoma in the conference is to extend offers to 2 other schools. The logical choices are TCU and UTAH. If that happens and the 2 accept the Big-12 actually might come out of this ahead.


  4. Connor

    The 9 team big 12 seems odd advice. At a time when more and more conferences are moving towards conference title games the Big 12 should be happy with losing their’s? Both teams have gotten BCS bids in the same year before under the old arrangement. Would the slight increase in the chance of that and the accompanied payoff offset the certain decrease annually from not having the championship? It seems unlikely.

    I still contend that most of these ADs and presidents don’t really know what’s going on.


  5. CDawg

    Senator, as a Dawg undergrad and Hoo grad, thanks for the shout out to one of the TRULY class acts in modern college athletics, Terry Holland. Not sure if the NCAA has hired a new president, but they could not find a better candidate.

    Back on point, I admit I’ve tried to avoid as much as I can of this conference expansion stuff. I still hope the Big 12 can salvage itslelf and the SEC stays in tact.

    I actually think Mike Slive is tring to facilitate that outcome.

    If not, I do not understand the SEC’s desire for A&M, unless they come with either Texas (apparently not going to happen) or Oklahoma (who I think is the only party trying to hold the Big 12 together).

    I do understand the Texas tv martket, but it seems to me, Mike Slive is either (a) being played by A&M and Oklahoma; or (b) is using them as a ploy to force the Pac (?)’s and Big Something’s hand, as well as Texas and Oklahoma to make a move.

    At which point, if the SEC makes a move, it should pursue Florida State and Miami, as well as Clemson and Virgiana Tech as backups (or possible additions if 16 team conferences become the norm).

    If I’m the Big East Commisionner, I’m then trying to pick up Duke, Wake, UNC, and Kansas to create a basketball conference.

    On the other hand, maybe just wishiful thinking.


  6. Pirate

    It is East Carolina not “Eastern Carolina” you ignorant sports writer.