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Big 12 commish: league will be 10 teams in 2012

Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:04 am
Edited on: October 11, 2011 11:21 am
 
Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said Tuesday his league will give Missouri as much time as it needs – until the end of this academic year, if necessary – to make a decision whether to remain in the Big 12 or leave for the SEC. 

“There’s no timetable,” Neinas said. “Everything is in place. We’re preparing for 2012. We’ll see what occurs.”

Neinas said he has had recent decisions with SEC commissioner Mike Slive. Neinas said he told Slive “if you’re going to extend an invitation to Missouri please let me know.” 

Neinas also said no matter what decision Missouri makes, the Big 12 would be a 10-team league in 2012 - with Missouri and new member TCU

"If Missouri is going to change horses (conferences), it won't be for 2012 anyway," Neinas said.

Whether the Big 12 eventually grows to 12 teams, there has been no decision made, Neinas said. 

“There is no consensus from conference members on going to 10 or 12 members,” Neinas said.

Neinas added there was some support last month for staying at nine teams (if Missouri left for the SEC), but that was no longer the thinking about league members. 

“The idea (with or without Missouri) would be (for the Big 12 membership) 10 or 12 teams,” Neinas said. “It won’t be 16.”

The decision to expand to 12 would have a big impact on the Big East. Sources have told CBSSports.com that Louisville is the top candidate of the Big 12 if the league adds one member and if it expands by more than one, West Virginia is another strong candidate. 

Neinas did not discuss any potential expansion candidates on Tuesday’s conference call.

He did say, however, that an Associated Press report that Missouri could make $12 million more annually in a 14-team SEC was not accurate. 

“They (a 14-team SEC) would have to increase their television revenue by $168 million,” Neinas said.

The Big 12’s interim commissioner said Missouri reacted “favorably” to the addition of TCU. He also added Texas will continue to have a nationally televised Thanksgiving game, but with Texas A&M gone to the SEC, the Longhorns’ opponent for future seasons has not been determined. It, in all likelihood, will not be against TCU, Neinas said.

Comments

Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Big 12 commish: league will be 10 teams in 2012

The SEC is going to essentially decide the fate of the Big East. Missouri has been busy behind the scenes taking the temperature of the SEC water, if they withdraw from the Big 12 we know what is coming. The SEC can easily get to 16 teams and do a nice reshuffle as well if need be. I do not buy the ACC off limits talk. I think Florida State is in play and after that whomever comes along for the ride is fine. But back to the originial premise. If Missouri goes the Big 12 can then invite Cincinnati, Louisville and West Virginia to get itself back to 12 teams and the Big East dies as a football conference. It's up to Missouri and Mike Slive to work this out since I doubt the Big Ten is going to show up.

The perfect SEC expansion would be Missouri, Maryland and Florida State. You get 2 new TV markets (Maryland is DC) and a football power.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Big 12 commish: league will be 10 teams in 2012

All of this will be decided by the SEC.  If they decide to go to 14 teams, and Missouri is their pick, the Big 12-3+1 has no option but to grab Louisville, who would be very willing to jump.  This, in turn, destroys the Big East.  The Big East is now down to 6 teams.  If they lose another one, they are finished as a football conference.  They would have to add 4 to 7 teams, and there simply is not 4 quality teams out there to add.  I mean, who cares about Air Force, Army, Navy, Temple and UCF?  East Carolina is even worse. 



Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Big 12 commish: league will be 10 teams in 2012

Here's what I would like to see.  MU stay's and the conference goes to 12 or 14 teams at some point.  I like these four additions, Louisville, Memphis, Tulane, and Houston.  Good markets, easy to get to, and three of the four would open the door to some more recruiting options for all the schools.



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Big 12 commish: league will be 10 teams in 2012

Yea, that AP report is full inaccuracies.




Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Big 12 commish: league will be 10 teams in 2012

Missouri, Virginia and Virgina Tech should go the SEC...

Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, BYU and West Virginia should go the Big 12...

Notre Dame, Maryland, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State should go the the Big 10...

UConn and Rutgers should joint Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC...

The Big East should go basketball only... 



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Big 12 commish: league will be 10 teams in 2012

Am I missing something? Why all the speculation about Missouri leaving the Big 12, and "waiting" to see what they decide to do? WHAT ON EARTH DOES MISSOURI HAVE TO DECIDE ABOUT? They have not been extended an invitation to join any conference. They do not even have the necessary votes in the SEC. So what are we waiting for Missouri to decide? What options is Missouri weighing? At this point, there ARE NO OPTIONS on the table. Don't get it.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Big 12 commish: league will be 10 teams in 2012

Auburn has already stated that it wants to move to the SEC East.



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Big 12 commish: league will be 10 teams in 2012

Funny Barefoot, you're probably fan #200M to make that joke since all this stuff started going down.  Is your refrigerator running? Better go catch it!



Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Big 12 commish: league will be 10 teams in 2012

 I think VA and VATech are a package deal



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Big 12: 10 teams in 2012

So the Big Ten will have 12 teams and the Big 12 will have 10 teams?
OK. There's nothing confusing about that.


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