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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: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:27 am

Baylor is desperate and right at the same time

Baylor looks more like a spoiled child who has been propped up its whole life, and is distressed at the prospect of carrying its own weight or at least being asked to reasonably contribute.  It doesn't fit in a power conference and probably won't find much support among other big 12 schools who resent having to provide for it all these years.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:26 am

Baylor is desperate and right at the same time

Baylor waited too late to get desperate. They needed to shoot the big cow (Longhorn Network) before it caused the world of the Big 12 to nosedive into a death spiral. Mike Slive is too smart and too good a lawyer to be moving forward if he thought a bunch of angry Baptist football fans could really throw a monkey wrench into the machine. Ken Starr wasted tons of my tax money to come up with a stained dress. That kind of bad karma always comes back to bite you in the a##. Baylor picked their poison long ago, all that is left now is to lift the cup, relax those throat muscles and swallow.

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