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Rift in Texas

Posted on: June 11, 2010 8:46 am
Your morning expansion line for Friday includes news that Texas and Texas A&M may break apart.

Call it an expansion micro-burst. First it was the Big 12 breaking up. Now the most powerful faction of the Big 12 could be drifting apart. We always thought that Texas and A&M were joined at the hip pads when it came to expansion. But a Thursday meeting produced no consensus between Texas and Texas A&M. I hear that A&M prefers the SEC while the league is a non-starter for Texas.

I also hear that Jim Delany is still trying like heck to get Texas into the Big Ten. But what about that "Tech problem"?

The dominoes figure to officially start tumbling today when Nebraska announces it is joining the Big Ten. I wrote the heck out of this issue this week but it bears repeating: The Big 12 cannot survive if Nebraska leaves. 1) The TV rights go way down; 2) What's to keep Texas, or any other school, leaving in two, three, four or five years? The Big 12 is a bad marriage that cannot go on.

The biggest issues on the table going into Friday:

a) What does Texas do?
b) What does Texas do?
c) What does Texas do?

OK, seriously:

a) Where do Texas and A&M end up and do they go as a unit?
b) Where does the Big Ten strike next (because it will strike next)?
c) Where does the Pac-10 strikes next (please don't believe his stuff about the Pac-10 stopping at 11)?
d) What are you doing at 5 p.m.? Remember when happy hour today was the deadline for Missouri and Nebraska? Nebraska is gone and Missouri has no idea where it stands.


Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 9:43 am

Rift in Texas

Since everyone this side of Honolulu has an opinion about expansion, here's mine. The sideline watcher in all of this is the SEC. The game plan they seem to have is ' We'll wait for it all to play out ". WRONG STRATEGY!! My advice is simple..... Go get Texas A&M and Oklahoma and put them in the SEC West. Then go get Virginia Tech and Florida State and put them in the SEC East. Now, some match-ups to make every CFB fan's mouth water: Alabama vs Texas A&M, Tennessee vs VA Tech, LSU vs Oklahome, Vanderbilt vs Fla State,...
OK, the last one was a joke....but you get my point. C'mon, Slive, make it happen and don't watch everyone a LEADER!!!

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 9:42 am

Rift in Texas

Trying to look at it objectively, I agree witht he notion that it would be better for the Big12 teams if they were able to maintain the Big12 structure.  Maybe they need to expand into the Big10's backyard.  Would it be too far-fetched to add a Louisville and West Virginia as replacement?  Or (dare I say it) ressurect SMU or even Houston into the mix.  It may be true that the Big12 will ultimately RIP, but I do beleive there are some options, even without Nebraska and Colorado.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 9:19 am

Rift in Texas

Does anyone eles get the feeling that Texas just had their bluff called by Nebraska and Colorado?  This whole business about 6 teams joining the PAC 10 might be true and it might go forward.  I just get the feeling that Texas really wanted to keep the Big 12 with Nebraska.  They didn't think the Big 10 was ready to offer anything yet so they put this silly deadline out there.  With the inexperienced PAC 10 Commissioner offering up the 6 team deal it actually worked in the Big Ten's favor.  Now Nebraska is headed to the Big 10, A HUGE DEAL by the way for football, and Texas is left with fewer options.  Do they try to add 2 lesser schools which will get less TV money in their next deal, do they go to the PAC 10 where they will have to play games as far away as Seattle 2 time zones away possibly in November, or do they join the Big 10.  I just don't see how any of those options are good for Texas.  Whichever option they chose they are in a worse situation than they are now.

Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 9:16 am

Rift in Texas

I think A&M should do what's best for them.  They don't need to be Texas' lapdog and follow them around.  I don't balme A&M for not wanting to be in the Pac 10.  I wouldn't either if I were them.  They are very close to SEC territory and old rivals Arkansas as well as LSU.  Culturally I don't believe they fit in the Pac 10 and don't fall for the academics arguement.  That's crap.  They should make a play for the SEC.  They could still play Texas yearly just like UGA plays Ga Tech being in different conferences.  NBD.  Besides the SEC would like a Texas school that has deep tradition and would be more mid-pack like when they expanded with Arkansas and South Carolina.  Then they should go after Va Tech or Miami but that's another story...

Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 9:10 am

Rift in Texas

Texas A&M & Oklahoma should join the SEC . It just makes better sense money & football wise . Thats what it is all about . Texas should do there own thing .

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 9:08 am

Rift in Texas

in ten years if everyone waits they all can have there own network and make more than the Big10. How does that work? I like your post but I don't see why every other conference would be making more than the Big Ten.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 9:05 am

Rift in Texas

I made a lot of elementry school mistakes. I didnt review my post. Im sorry.

I just want to add.  I dont like the smack talk from big12 fans to big10Big 12 is a whole lot stronger if they stick together. these current events put into check loyalties.  If everyone stays minus Colorado. than Big 12 will be one of the last conference standing, and this will help them make money.

Big12 network anyone?

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 9:00 am

Nebraska is moving!!!

what if nebraska stays!!!

That would stiff the big10. 
Save the Big12.
Force Utah in the Pac 10.
and everyone laughs at the big ten and points to there greed.

in ten years if everyone waits they all can have there own network and make more than the Big10.

Would that I Ironic!!!

I respect Nebraska with what ever they decide.
They've played Kansas and Missouri for over 110 years in a row.  Yes they won 75% or more of those games but it is still special.

If big10 really wants nebraska (if they don't get them today) it would have to take missouri and kansas as well.

I personally want the Big10 to have a 12th team and Utah in the Pac10 (11 now). then we could have a much more interesting climate in College Sports.

16 team leagues would kill all of college sports. its just more walls between conferences/ divisions/ teams. I like some Interconference play.

I was just thinking these things and nobody really talks about what if Nebraska stay's.

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