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Baylor to the Big East?

Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 12:45 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Baylor has been one of the most vocal members of the Big 12 in recent days as the school does everything it can to keep the Big 12 together. It's a move that isn't difficult to understand because in all of the conference realignment talk, when it comes to the Big 12, Baylor is one of the few schools whom you don't hear mentioned as possibilities for other BCS conferences.

After all, in the Pac-16 scenario that keeps coming up, while Texas would want to bring Texas Tech west with them, you don't hear anything about the Longhorns being all that concerned about the Bears. As it turns out, however, Baylor may actually have a BCS contingency plan. According to a report by Yahoo's Jason King, Baylor is rather confident that if the Big 12 does dissolve, the school will find a home in the Big East.

“There haven’t been any guarantees,” a source with knowledge of the situation told King. “But [Baylor] feels strongly that that’s what would happen.” 

Which is rather interesting to hear if it's indeed true. Like I said, I understand why Baylor wants to keep the Big 12 together, but their method in trying to do so seemed like a bit much. Instead of just stating the obvious, Baylor has been using a lot of rhetoric about preserving the sanctity of college football and the integrity. It's also talked about the best interest of the fans, and worrying about the effects that realignment can have on the states of the schools involved.

Which seems a bit funny to me because I seem to remember Baylor being one of four Texas schools that left SMU, TCU, Houston and Rice behind when they left the now-defunct SWC for the Big 12 when it formed in 1996. I guess it was okay back then.

Now this report about Baylor and the Big East?

Again, I don't begrudge Baylor for finding a safety net. It's what any institution in the Big 12 should be doing right now just in case. But don't try to pretend you're worried about the sanctity of college football and preserving tradition when your actions show that just like everyone else, the thing you're really worried about is yourself.
Comments

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:08 am
 

Baylor to the Big East?

Baylor is trying to look out for their best interest, I guess by trying to force the Big 12 (10) to stay intact . . . Texas A&M is as good as gone no matter what Baylor does I think.

The Super Conferences are coming to your school sooner than later, you can best believe that - I feel for schools like Iowa State, Kansas State and Kansas - decent schools that none of the Super Conferences really want from a football sense - they are agoing to be truly in scramble mode if all this plays out.

All of this because University of Texas wanted a bigger piece of the pie . . . WOW!



Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:06 am
 

Baylor to the Big East?

Jason King is a BAYLOR GRAD.  OF Course he is putting this garbage out!  He wrote the article on weak/uninformed sources because he is an alumni and now it has been cited by CBS.  Baylor is not a program anybody wants and that is why he wrote it.  Didnt see a BE comment here.  BE takes KU, KSU, and ISU or Houston.  Waco has a market with under 250,000 people in it. Small market.  TCU was in a market of 9 million people and a winning program, Rose Bowl champ.  Take Houston or ISU before the weakling school gets in.



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:15 am
 

Baylor to the Big East?

Who cares about their football program.  I am a Big East fan, but the conference isn't known for their football. Give me Baylors basketball program and I am happy...  Between all of the violations and the money hoarding institutions, college football is becoming a little ridiculous anyways.  I like college basketball much more because you still get the teams like Butler, who would never have a chance in college football, playing in the basketball national championship game.  College football is going to lose alot of fans who loved the sport because it wasn't the NFL and it wasn't only about the money.  



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:55 am
 

Baylor to the Big East?

Baylor and Texas Tech has rode Texas and Texas A&M to get where they are. Baylor is like the ex that just won't go away. they keep trying to tag along. Texas and Texas A&M are trying to move on and now Baylor is still trying to get a peice but aren't getting any and are getting kicked to the curb.



Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:54 am
 

Baylor to the Big East?

The Bears very likely would win the Big East this year in footbal , Baylor's  RPI for last year has them near the bottom of the Big East, in the Big East's worst year ever!
How much of that does Syracuse have?  They've been awful for quite a while too. Syracuse beat Kansas State (Big 12) in a bowl game last year.



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:40 am
 

Baylor to the Big East?

"Baylor wasn't exactly the shit either in the SWC... they hovered around .500 for most of the last 10 years or so in the conference. Sooo impressive."

Also, two conference championships during that time in football, but let's just overlook those to make your point.



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:38 am
 

Baylor to the Big East?

The Bears very likely would win the Big East this year in football and are a Top 10 preseason team in basketball.  You speak of tradition and recent success?  How much of that does Syracuse have?  They've been awful for quite a while too.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:55 am
 

Baylor to the Big East?

If they let Baylor in, get my Orange out immediately. I'll take the ACC or Big Ten. I don't want a school that whines and has ZERO tradition in the conference. The Big East may not be at its best right now in football but the conference has enough of a legacy to keep it going. And don't get me started on basketball because Baylor would become a doormat. DePaul would love to have the Bears as would Rutgers.


Were you saying this after they let in TCU, a school that has ZERO tradition in the Big East? Or maybe you were saying this when they raided C-USA? I sure hope...



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:54 am
 

Baylor to the Big East?

Baylor wasn't exactly the shit either in the SWC... they hovered around .500 for most of the last 10 years or so in the conference. Sooo impressive.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:52 am
 

Baylor to the Big East?

It's amazing to me everyone just casually pushes aside the fact TCU flat sucked in the SWC for most the last 15 years of the conference. Why does everyone ignore that fact. They became good when they got to go play weaker teams which in turn helped propel their reputation as a powerhouse program. I don't blame Baylor one bit as it's now about survival for them.

But TCU? Go do your homework on them... they weren't beating your sister back in the SWC! 


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