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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: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Baylor to the Big East?

So how long until the newswire showing A&M has sued Baylor?



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Baylor to the Big East?

Even as a Big East fan, I don't want Baylor in our conference. If they are being such babies about the Big 12 dissolving, imagine how bad they will fight when the Big East is attempting to die. 

The Big East might be looking for a name change as well. Maybe like the Great 12 or something because "East" clearly has no meaning anymore. 



Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Baylor to the Big East?

I'm all for KU, KSU and Mizz to the Big East, but Baylor.... Shouldn't they just slink off to the Mt.West or C-USA and be happy.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Baylor to the Big East?

That would be a SUPER CONFERENCE IN BASKETBALL.



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Baylor to the Big East?

Good. Riddance.

Gig em!





Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Baylor to the Big East?

It also looks like KU and KSU will end up in the Big East as well.

That's Option #3 for the Kansas schools.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Baylor to the Big East?

Although commonly accused of leaving others behind for the Big XII, its not the case.  The SWC had already voted to dissolve.  There was 1 slot remaining in the Big XII, which was offered to Baylor.  Baylor accepted.  Since the SWC had already dissolved, Baylor not accepting would not have "saved" any school. 

Your comparison would be valid if the Big XII had already dissolved and then A&M was speaking with the SEC.





Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Baylor to the Big East?

Kansas and Kansas St. in the Big East?

Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore.

Kids in this country are already inept at geography.  The students at these various schools will be completely lost.

At least if they all joined Conference USA the geography would make sense . . .



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Baylor to the Big East?

And just remember Big East members, when at some point, a couple schools in your conference are struggling and have the need to leave the Big East, as surely some school will when you have 16+ schools in a conference, you can at least be confident that on your attempted way out, Baylor will hire some lawyers and threaten you for doing what is in your best interests.  Consider the evidence Big East, don't get in bed with Baylor, it ain't gonna end pretty, and lawyer up.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Baylor to the Big East?

...I swear the Big East will be up to 36 teams for basketball by the time this thing is done.


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