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Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

Posted on: June 14, 2010 10:04 am
Edited on: June 14, 2010 1:37 pm

Texas is set to announce, perhaps as early as Monday, that it is now committed to remaining in the Big 12 even without Nebraska and Colorado, according to a report by Chip Brown at

This is the latest development -- and by far the most important -- in the ongoing expansion of conferences. If it happens, it would greatly damage the Pac-10's hope of getting to 16 members by adding five more Big 12 schools to go with Colorado, which announced a move to the Pac-10 last week. The Pac-10 would probably then be reduced to adding Utah to create a 12-member league. reported that Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebee has informed Texas it could make between $20 million and $25 million per year under a proposed new television deal, plus whatever it could make -- perhaps an additional $3 million to $5 million per year -- by starting its own network. It is unclear whether Beebee's estimations are accurate. But, either way, Texas is listening. The school now seems set to hold the Big 12 together and by extension prevent the nation's first "super conference" from being created because the Pac-10 stopping at 12 could cause the Big Ten to hold at 12, at which point it's possible the SEC's interest in expansion would also feign.

The Big 12 has no scheduled announcement of any kind as of Monday afternoon.

Meetings are reportedly ongoing.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Texas

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2010 4:28 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

How many championships did the longhorns win in 14 years in the Big 12? TWO

How many did OU win? SIX

How many NCG's did Texas play in in 14 years? TWO

How many NCG's did OU play in in 14 years? FIVE

OU could just as easily ruin the conference by jumping to the SEC, but UT & OU have committed to hold the RRR together. That alone brings in MILLIONS to each school per year.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2010 4:27 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

I agree.  This is all about Texas.  These other schools allow Texas to do what they want when they want and they follow them around like lost puppies.  The north schools would naturally say oh we want to keep this thing going.  I just don't see how anything has changed Missouri was upset about how things were ran in the conference and that is all better now.  They do need to rename it the Longhorn Conference because what Texas says goes.

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2010 4:24 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

I think a better option would be to invite TCU and Houston (2 of the largest TV markets) to the South division and move Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to the North division to make it more competitive.

I agree. They would generate more money from those TV markets big time. TCU and Houston were members of the old SWC, so the rivalries from days past would be restored, and I'm sure TCU and Houston would jump at the chance to join. It just doesn't seem right with those 2 not in the same conference as Texas and Texas A&M.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 4:22 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

Why don't they just stick together and call it what it really is, The Longhorn Conference.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 4:21 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

leave it at 10 teams.  Schedule 2 out of conference games each year then the top 4 teams in the conference have a conference tournament to determine conference champion and bcs bid.

Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2010 4:07 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

If TX is thinking about staying this is what they must do.  Especially if A&M jumps ship for a much more stable and lucrative SEC.  They will need more juice for a TV deal or just cut bait and go to the Pac 10.  It seems their heart isn't in the Pac 10.  The people who go there aren't much different then A&M's folks... mostly Texans.  A&M won't go west so I can imagine a TX/California relationship is like oil and water, just odd and awkward.  Maybe TX is having second thoughts.  Still though, money talks. 

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 4:00 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

The remaining BIG 12(10) should go on the offensive. Bring TCU,SMU,Rice,Houston,Utah and BYU into a 16 team super conference and get out in front of the super conference onslaught. The North would break out as Oklahoma,Oklahoma State,Kansas,Kansas State,Missouri, Iowa State, BYU and Utah. The South or Texas Division would be Rice,SMU,TCU,Houston,Texas,Texas Tech,Texas A&M and Baylor. This conference would be far stronger than the PAC 11, ACC and Big East. It would be on par with the Big 10(12) and gaining on the SEC. So instead of getting the shaft they would be the lead dog.

Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:58 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

I think he's an Iowa St fan but the point is the same.  Neither "State" has any leverage... NONE.  I would say that TX to the Pac 10 does put it in a better class of schools.  WSU and OSU in the Pac 10 aren't great but Baylor, Iowa St, and Kansas St have zero value in todays conferences.  Heck, nobody even wants Kansas with their b-ball powerhouse.  It's irrelevant.  It's about adding marketshare translating to TV contracts and the Pac 10 must move past the Rockies or they will be irrelevant in 10 years to 75% of the nation.  Oh yeah, if TX leaves Iowa St is headed to the WAC, ok maybe the Mtn West if lucky.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:48 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

Nathan, if you hate Texas, why do you want them to stay? Maybe because K State winds up in a tier 2 conference without Texas? This is exactly why Texas needs to go to the PAC10.

Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:46 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

Well being a Cyclone fan I am sure hoping the Big 12 stays together and just lures a couple other teams to bring it back to 12 teams.  In my opinion as well this is probably the best decision Texas has made and I am not a Texas fan at all, but am pulling for them to keep this all together...Well we will see what happens I guess..............

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