Bob Bowlsby and the First Rule of Holes

The horse may be out of the barn, but the Big 12’s commissioner thinks the horse made a big, big mistake.

Bob Bowlsby this week questioned the reasoning of Texas and Oklahoma departing the Big 12 for the SEC to the point of calling the decision “silly,” citing several reasons. The Big 12 commissioner made the comments in an exclusive interview with CBS Sports during Big 12 basketball media day.

Bowlsby suggested the two powerhouses leaving his league will create competitive issues in the SEC.

“Their chances [to advance to the College Football Playoff] are better coming through the Big 12,” he said. “That’s a silly part of it. It’s not very much money [difference], and competitively, they’ve got a better path [in the Big 12]. It makes no sense.”

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think Bowlsby just admitted his conference is weaker than the SEC.


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28 responses to “Bob Bowlsby and the First Rule of Holes

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    If Texas and Oklahoma wanted the easiest path to the playoffs, they should have gone to the ACC. AMIRITE?

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  2. His conference is weaker than the SEC … as is every other conference in football. I don’t think there is any shame in that statement.

    He’s also right about the path to the playoff (both with 4 and 12). It’s easier in the Big 12 to make it. Oklahoma has shown that multiple times. Come in with the high-flying offense. Once, blow a huge lead. Other times, get your doors blown off. Texas hasn’t sniffed the playoff in this era. If they fixed their issues, they would probably be in a good place to get a wild card almost annually in a 12-team format in the Big 12.

    They want the money, the exposure and the prestige that comes with being in the sport’s best league/toughest neighborhood. Sorry, Bob, but your league doesn’t provide that.

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    • RangerRuss



    • Tony BarnFart

      And more than just exposure per se… least for all of us who believe in the value of the regular season. Texas gets renewed rivalries with A&M, Arkansas and to a lesser extent Mizzou. And probably an easy to build up new one in LSU, along with all the other exciting opponents and venues in the SEC.

      When you’re having a good year in the SEC, you have 3 months of what is virtually a playoff in much more exciting venues, including your own stadium and bucket list road trips. That’s worth the trade off to a more difficult path to the winter time playoff-per-se. Outside of people like Bowlsby, who have the admin $$ comes first mindset, why dumb down your regular season when at the end of the day you’ve still got to Beat the Man to Be the Man ?

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  3. MGW

    He’s correct, though. If the rest of the country is truly spiteful, they’ll keep the playoff at 4 so OU and Texas never make it.

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  4. mdcgtp

    Spoken like a man who doesn’t understand what a 12 team playoff is with 6-7 at large births and up to 7 total slots for SEC teams.


    • Down Island Way

      That fellow is gonna poo poo anyone but hisself, having your girlfriend stolen by a better looking dude got his feelings out of joint…plus those replacements on the horizon aren’t all that good looking either…

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  5. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    It depends on how the SEC is structured after Texas and OK actually join the conference. If they end up in a slightly reshuffled SEC West along with Bama and LSU, he’s right. It will be more difficult for OK and Texas has no chance. That said, I’m concerned about the impact on Georgia if the conference moves Bama into the East to accommodate the new arrivals. As it now stands, Georgia wins the SEC East and gets to play in the SECCG most years. Same for Bama in the West. If they put Georgia and Bama in the same division……..

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  6. gastr1

    Have they proposed what the new division alignment will look like yet? (Awbarn and Bama coming to the East?)


    • ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

      Placing Bama and Georgia in the same division is a mistake IMHO as it screws up the competitive balance of the conference. Why would either Bama or Georgia stand for that?

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      • gastr1

        Well, it would NOW, but these things are cyclical, and the conference might like to have a UGA-Bama matchup every year.


      • MGW

        If they’re gonna do that, then we might as well bend over and spread it for Texas. That would be an OBSCENE advantage to two new teams who absolutely do not deserve an artificially easy path to the SEC Championship, and therefore either a 4 or 12 team playoff.

        They had an easy path in the Big 12, and they’re giving that up in the name of money by joining the SEC. It would be an absolute disgrace to give them the money AND let them keep their artificially easy playoff path.


    • PTC DAWG

      I don’t think we’ll see two divisions..


  7. practicaldawg

    He’s not wrong. OU and Texas are both monetizing their brands more than anything. It’s a cash out. Gone will be the days of OU somehow staying undefeated through mid-season with the kind of team they have this year.

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  8. Ran A

    Wow, this guy is stupid…


    • artistformerlyknownasbman

      Regarding Bob Bowlsby , a movie line comes to mind: “There would be no eulogies for Bob, no photographs of his body would be sold in sundries stores, no people would crowd the streets in the rain to see his funeral cortege, no biographies would be written about him, no children named after him, no one would ever pay twenty-five cents to stand in the rooms he grew up in.”

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  9. Scotty King

    We could go to the Big 12 and DOMINATE! (Just kidding)


  10. If the status quo of the structure of the conferences and the CFP remained, then he has a point. Neither of those are likely.


  11. W Cobb Dawg

    Ya know what’s really silly? Keeping Bowlsby as Big 12 Commish.

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  12. Texas Dawg

    If we go to PODS, then UGA , FL, SC, and either Auburn or UT (the golf ball throwing one) would make geographic sense.


    • Rumors have been UGA, Handbags, Lamecocks and Wildkitties if pods scheduling gets adopted. The question is whether each team will have a permanent inter-pod opponent. The idea that the Auburn game could go the way of so many annual rivalries is beyond me. I just can’t think about a world where Georgia and Auburn don’t play each other every year.


  13. TripleB

    Every time he talks I think he pisses off the remaining schools in his conference. Basically just called them weak.


  14. whb209

    Bob would do better if he just shut the hell up

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