When Big 12 membership absolutely positively has to be there overnight…

You can sit there, gussy yourself up a little bit and convince yourself that you’re a terrific fit for the Big 12.

Or you can try outright bribery.

On Feb. 24, Memphis president David Rudd penned a letter to Gee and copied Oklahoma president David Boren and Baylor president Ken Starr, the other two members of the composition committee, as well as former Big 12 board chairman and Kansas State president Kirk Schulz. In the letter, Rudd pledged that Memphis will make a $500 million investment in academic and athletic infrastructure over the next five years. Rudd also enclosed a letter from FedEx chairman Fred Smith, who stated that the delivery services giant headquartered in Memphis will be behind the school’s Big 12 campaign.

“We strongly support the university’s efforts to become a member of an expanded Big 12 athletic conference,” Smith wrote to Rudd in a letter dated Feb. 23. “In support of [Memphis’] Big 12 aspirations, we have researched college conference sponsorships and are prepared to become a major Big 12 sponsor of football and basketball.”

Smith also wrote that FedEx would be prepared to sponsor a Big 12 championship game.

“We believe the University of Memphis and the Big 12 are a great fit and hope our support will contribute to the University of Memphis becoming a member of this storied athletic conference in the near future,” Smith wrote.

Sounds like a match made in heaven.



Filed under Big 12 Football, It's Just Bidness

9 responses to “When Big 12 membership absolutely positively has to be there overnight…

  1. Memphis would be a much better fit in the Big 12 than West Virginia ever will be.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Boone Pickens? Never heard of her.


  3. SemperFIDawg

    I’m ignorant but could someone explain to me where Memphis is going to get this 500 million.


    • Fred Smith from FedEx … He’s going to become Memphis’s athletic sugar daddy similar to Pickens or Phil Knight if they were to get into the Big 12.


    • W Cobb Dawg

      Dean Wormer can arrange a nice little honorarium from the student fund.


    • Semper Fi Dawg

      Don’t forget Pitt Hyde of Autozone which HQ is in Memphis. Their ballpark for the Redbirds is rivaled by maybe 3 MLB parks. Ducks Unlimited International Headquarters as well. Tiger High has a lot of backers if they want to focus on football instead of bball.


    • Dog in Fla

      Money saved from not having to fund any pension plan for sanitation workers?


  4. The Dawg abides

    Never seen a school try so hard to play in the big leagues. I remember when Mizzou and A&M were added. Memphis’ AD practically threw a hissy fit at a press conference, stating “we deserve to be in the SEC”.


  5. Dog in Fla

    Somebody might be moving to Montana soon