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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: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 12:07 pm

Rift in Texas

The only thing that seems certain in this whole mess is that Iowa State is probably screwed.

Missouri still might end up in the Big Ten if Texas doesn't.

I could see the Pac-10 settling for the Kansas schools and a Tech-Baylor pairing (along with Colorado and OK State) if Texas heads to the Big Ten and A&M and Oklahoma join the SEC.

Iowa State, however, seems doomed to end up in the MWC. The only question is what, if any, of its brethren will be joining it there and will it be enough to make it a BCS conference.

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2010 12:06 pm

Rift in Texas

Check you stats on markets, LA, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Denver, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.  What other conference can offer that kind of viewership?  No other propsed conference can offer those numbers.  Texas would not need those other markets.  It gets even better 20-30 years from now as our population continues to move to the west and south.

Since: May 21, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2010 11:40 am

Rift in Texas

Keep clicking your heels together and keep repeating, "Nebraska won't go, Nebraska won't go"..... then wake up and find then in the B10.  You write of the B10's greed???  This is a direct result of the failed experiment that was the B12, a result of the Big 8's and 4-Texas school's greed.  The Big 10 and Pac 10 are just now reacting to the SEC and ACC expansion of the recent past and I'm sure that was done for academic reasons???  Ha.  Seems like everyone is doing what's best for their own interest, yet it's only the B10 that is greedy.  Keep repeating and clicking.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 11:37 am

Rift in Texas

The Big 10, 11, 12 should go after Texas and OK, bring in Kansas and Missouri.  Texas keeps rivalries w/ NU, OK, and begins new rivalries with IA, WI, can still play A&M non-conference, and makes the Big 16 Central Conference the best in the land.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 11:29 am

Rift in Texas

They can have their own network but they won't make the money that the Big Ten makes because the fan base is bigger in the Big Ten. Say what you want about other fans but Big Ten continually gets higher ratings on national TV and at times gets biger ratings on there own network than "big" games on ABC. More fans, more TV's, more money.

You think if it was just about putting it on TV the other networks wouldn't just do that?!? They are just waiting around doing nothing for no other reason than they are too lazy to put together a network?!? Get serious...

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 11:29 am

Rift in Texas

Texas would have no reason for going to the SEC.  They would be a contender every year, but not necessarily the favorite in the conference.  The best thing about the Pac 10 is the TV market out there, California is after all the most populous state, and LA is the 2nd largest market in the country.  Going back to the football field, Texas remains at the top, with their biggest worry being Oklahoma every year, especially with the sanctions that just got thrown down on USC.  A&M on the other hand would love to see Texas not be the big dog, and I agree with the above posters that culturally they fit in better with the SEC than the PAC however many it ends up being. 

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2010 11:29 am

Rift in Texas

Texas wouldn't survive in the SEC without scheduling 4 to 5 cupcakes each season and padding their stats. Perhaps they should look at joining Division 1-AA.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 11:16 am

Rift in Texas

DD, you're irrevelent.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 11:14 am

Rift in Texas

Texas is scared of the SEC. Their excuse of not wanting to go the SEC is academics, which is interesting since Texas is a perenial top 5 party school. The Longhorns are the top dog in the big 12 and they would be the top dog in an expanded pac 10, however they would have to take a back seat in an expanded SEC. Alot more competition in the SEC, football and recruiting wise. I dont get why the rest of the Big 12 is sittin and waiting for Texas to tell them what to do. Kudos to Colorado for bailing now, and also to A&M for having a possible mind of their own. Nebraska should tell Texas to go eat one. This is possibly the most interesting and exciting college offseason I have seen in several decades.

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:54 am

Rift in Texas

for some reason, I am thinking collusion!

what if,

now that Pac 10 is 11 with Colorado, they add Tex, Ok and Ok St to round out to 14

Now that Big Ten is 12 with Nebraska, they add Missou and ND to round out to 14

SEC picks up T A&M and TTech to round out to 14

ACC takes 2 from Big East to have 14

and Big East reloads with a couple of leftovers from Big 12 to have 14

way things are shaking out it seems like somebody had a plan and it just smells like it could work...

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