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It's finally out there: Texas to the Big Ten

Posted on: February 11, 2010 11:53 am
Edited on: February 11, 2010 12:02 pm

Respected Lawrence (Kan.) Journald-World columnist Tom Keegan reported Thursday morning that "preliminary exchanges" between Texas and the Big Ten have been made regarding expansion.

This could be nothing more than the Large Eleven doing it's due diligence. Make Texas say no before moving on. Or, it could be serious. I mentioned in December that the only two slam dunks that made sense for the Big Ten were Notre Dame and Texas. ND isn't coming. Texas?

I doubt Texas would leave the Big 12 for the Big Ten. First, it would literally take an act of the state legislature to move. Second, I hear that Texas is going to start its own network. It already makes approximately $10 million a year in Big 12 revenue. It would make at least $16 million per year in the Big Ten but the school has so many revenue streams at the moment that difference might not matter.

Anyway, good get by Tommy K.

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Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:39 pm

PLEASE let this be serious

I'd love for all the Texans to confront the fact Mack Brown would stab them in the back at a moment's notice.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:32 pm

It's finally out there: Texas to the Big Ten

It's not the money. With no competition in football, basketball, baseball, or really any sport, Texas could rack up all the conference championships it wants in men's and women's sports if it moved to the Big 10. Then, with all that exposure, it could steal the best players from the frozen, cupcake conference. But then they wouldn't get to play for the BCS championship, like Boise St., because the Big 10 is SOOOO bad...If Texas were to lose a game, at anything, against Big 10 competition it would always be an upset.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:31 pm

You've got to be shi**ing me!

Is this from The Onion?  Texas?  Why not Hawaii or Arizona while they're at it? 

The Big Ten is a regional, midwestern conference, not a catch all. 

If the Big Ten is to expand, it must go for a regional match: Louisville, Cincinnati, Missouri, etc...

Whoever is talking to Texas should be shot, or fired.  Or shot and fired. 

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:27 pm

It's finally out there: Texas to the Big Ten

Texas would be great, but I agree with the other poster that PITT would be a decent match allowing the BIG TEN to start moving further into Big East territory for money, recruits etc

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:24 pm

It's finally out there: Texas to the Big Ten

If you talk about Geographically, either Iowa State or Nebraska would fit well in the Big 10. To split the Big 10 into two divisions that would make sense, it would need a western team. Missouri would also fit that bill. But would Missouri want to give up the kind of rivalry that it possesses with Kansas? The past few years, they have tried to build a rivalry with Illinois and has failed miserably.
Nebraska has not had a real rivalry in the Big XII since Oklahoma and Nebraska have been split into seperate division. All the north division teams have attempted to create a rivalry with Nebraska, but nothing is ever substained - only hatred towards the Huskers.
I see it all the time, fans claiming a rivalry, but they don't show up for the games. It is all Nebraska fan lopsided at games and the Nebraska fans don't have the same view of these other teams like they used to have with Oklahoma.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:19 pm

It's finally out there: Texas to the Big Ten

*Makes as much sense geographically as Penn State did back in the 90's. Only Ohio is PSU's border neighbor. What connection does the Keystone State have to IN? IA?

It's all about the BENJAMINS Baby! TX knows they can make a LOT more $ annually in the BIG TEN. Academically, the conference would elevate the Longhorns greatly as well.

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:13 pm

It's finally out there: Texas to the Big Ten

Texas to the Big 10 just doesn't seem to make sense geographically, but I suppose monetarily it does.  I am still in the opinion that Pitt, Missouri, or West Virginia would be a better fit as far as geography and associatiojn to other schools already in the conference.  It is amazing the power that money has over NCAA football.

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