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Baylor is desperate and right at the same time

Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:46 am
By Gary Parrish

Texas A&M's move from the Big 12 to the SEC is on hold until the SEC gets assurances that no Big 12 school will sue because, suddenly, at least one Big 12 school -- specifically Baylor -- is threatening to do exactly that. My question: Why would Baylor give such an assurance?

Baylor seems, at this moment, to have one foot in Conference USA and the other on something slippery as the college landscape shifts, and if that's the case isn't it only responsible for Baylor to try to scare the Big 12 into staying together by any means necessary? I have no idea if Baylor could win such a lawsuit against the SEC, commissioner Mike Slive and/or Texas A&M because I'm not a lawyer. But what I do know is that, in this country, you can threaten to sue pretty much anybody for pretty much anything, and if the SEC and A&M want that possibility off the table before moving forward then Baylor ought to make the SEC and A&M give something in return.

What something?

Could be anything, including straight-cash homey.

But it would be foolish to take the threat of a lawsuit off the table just because the SEC asks.

So good for Baylor for standing up.

Ultimately, the school's actions will probably only stall the inevitable.

But desperate shots are worth taking when you find yourself in desperate times.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:53 am

Baylor is desperate and right at the same time

It wasn't a problem at the time when Nebraska & CU left because all the other members agreed to keep the Big 12 together and gave written and verbal confirmation everyone was committed to the Big 12 moving forward and even had a search committee formed to bring in new members.  Enter the LHN and cry baby Aggie and what you have now is if Aggie leaves then most likely OU and a few others leave hence the demise of the Big 12 and why schools are considering not signing the waver.  All the waver is saying is that a Big 12 school has the right to sue, not that they are bringing a lawsuit. Get your facts straight people, rumors and accusations are flying around that are completely false.

Baylor is only doing what A&M and UT & OU have been doing - and that is looking out for their own interest.  They have been committed to the written contracts that all schools signed - not Baylor's fault that A&M has no character and walked out on a verbal and written contract a few months after signing. 

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:44 am

Baylor is desperate and right at the same time

Your rep says it all. Zero.

My bad on confusing where NEB and COL defected to. Point is, it wasn't a problem when NEB/COL left, but it was when A&M left. Hmm. And no person in their right mind thought that the COL/NEB defections were the END of anything. That was only the very BEGINNING of a PROCESS which will produce four sixteen-team supercons.  Cheers.

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:41 am

Baylor is desperate and right at the same time

Baylor's redrafted school motto: MY NAME IS SUE, HOW DO YOU DO! 

I think Roger "Goodie Two shoes" should step in and penalize A&M (or any other school leaving their conference) a one year suspension for entering the SEC. Of course, like recent suspensions it would also mean nothing. Afterall, isn't he the new moral conscience of the NCAA?

Listen folks, all this posturing is making for good tabloid news but the bottom line is that there is way too much money involved for the Aggies not be the newest memeber of the SEC - if they want them. Oklahoma is most likely the next to go there or some other conference. When the Big 12 regrouped after Colorado and Nebraska's departure we all new that Texas (being the big daddy that they are) would somehow screw up the "New" Big 12. And guess what  - Enter the Longhorn Network!

Who knows where all this is going so before the dust settles let's just sit back and enjoy the ride. I'm sure there are still a few big hills to go. So put your hands up and yell -  Weeeeeeee! There goes my stomach again.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:34 am

Baylor is desperate and right at the same time

The Pac-12 didn't take Nebraska. Idiot.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:31 am

Baylor is desperate and right at the same time

why not sue the Pac 12 for taking CO and NEB?

Yeah, sue those Pac-12 punks for taking Nebraska! Sue 'em good! :)

Though your point is well taken.

Anyone think that Baylor is trying to make a hail mary pass to get into the SEC?

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:19 am

You got another thing coming

If you think that this lawsuit threat is 100% of Baylor's doing, you don't know the Longhorns very well. The Horns are dissed to see A&M find a good landing spot. You think UT hasn't made a call to Baylor that went something like this:

UT: Wow, how could A&M be so disloyal to their fellow Big 12'ers. Heck, we offered them a share of the LHN. How could they do this.
BU: Yeah, that's something alright. You have our word that we are Big 12'ers thru and thru.
UT: Well, with the landscape of NCAA fb changing daily, the Big 12 might not be the best for UT anymore either.
BU: What?!? You can't leave. If you do, OU is gone and we are scrooged.
UT: We have no choice in the matter; A&M's disloyal actions may just have some unfortunate consequences......unless...there's ..block A&M's move.
BU: So, why haven't you blocked it? You are UT, richest state school in Texas. There are probably hundreds of top notch UT Lawyers out there who would do the work for free.
UT: Well, that's just not the kind of publicity we need right now. Have you seen the ratings for the LHN and all the stories about how no major cable or sat providers are picking up the LHN? UT will just get more egg on its face if we throw some kind of temper tantrum at this hour. Doesn't Baylor have any attorneys capable of such a lawsuit?
BU: Well, the president of BU is Ken Starr, the independent counsel who impeached Clinton.
UT: Perfect, this will play out just right. Instead of mean big brother UT suing and meddling in A&M's plans, poor little BU will sue and gain much more sympathy than if UT sued. And if the law suit doesn't work out,maybe we can help Baylor find a suitable conference when the big XII folds.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:05 am

It's not who you know, its who you blow

When the Big XII was formed the only reason Baylor gained admittance was because the state of Texas had a Baylor alum as governor at the time: Ann Richards, who passed away years ago. Now, it's the 11th hour and their only play is to run Ken Starr out there threatening to sue. My question is, why not sue the Pac 12 for taking CO and NEB? 

A&M saw the writing on the wall (the big XII is done as we move toward 4 16-team supercons) and found the best deal for them selves. The other option is to go wherever and do whatever UT says. Turns out, UT is not exactly looking out for their Baptist bretheren. 

The 4 sixteen-team super con setup (with a playoff as the ultimate goal) will happen no matter how long Baylor holds their breath or stomps their feet. They are just trying to get whatever out of this is possible. A&M is gone, Texas doesn't give a rats a$$ about Baylor and they over-estimated their place at the table.  If UT hand cuffs any body to any move they make it will be OU only, or OU, OSU and Texas Tech.

Willy Wonka is giving Baylor the ole' "GOOD DAY SIR!!!".

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:04 am

Baylor is desperate and right at the same time

PensPack - have you done your homework.   How is Baylor a bottom feeder when they were one of only two DI programs last year who had their football, M Basketball, & W. Basketball all ranked in the top 25.

This year Baylor's Football program is currently ranked #20 - M. Basketball preseason ranking according to sporting news is #9 and the women's team is preseason ranked #1.  Bottom feeders?   Don't let your personal hatred get in the way of one of the most up and coming sports programs in recent history across the board in every sport.  The problem for Baylor is they don't have a recent winning history in Football so they aren't on a national stage and unfortunately Football does the talking during expansion talks. 

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:46 am

Baylor is desperate and right at the same time

Baylor is one of these perennial bottom-feeders that are (were) lucky to be in a major money-making conference.  Has their play justified their Big XII spot?  Heck no.  They belong in Conference USA or the MWC.  They exist in every conference...just look at teams like Vanderbilt, Washington St etc.  There's a reason that Baylor is the ONLY one of these schools threatening to sue..

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:27 am

Baylor is squeeling like a stuck pig!

And the teasips called TAMU babies for taking their ball and going home!

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