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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: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:32 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.

Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:28 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

I'm not sure if Texas is really stupid or really smart.  On one hand they've lured the Pac 10 in with leverage of their program and what they bring with them.  They piss off Nebraska, who was a leader in the anti-inequity movement in the Big 12.  Make all the other schools desperate and willing to take any deal then sign on to an even more unequal plan the gives them even more power and money.  Fill in the gaps with TCU/Houston/Memphis/BYU or whatever and move on.  Genius???  OR... did they overplay their hand.  Forcing CU and Nebraska out, twisting A&M to go west then find out A&M is going to the SEC for $$$ and geography.  Leaving themselves with no leverage with the Big 10 who is appeased with Nebraska, the SEC gets what they want and the Big 12 dissolving which won't allow for big $ TV deal.  Now TX is forced to play out west and will not have the sway they have now.  Just another big school joining a conference that isn't their tradition and adapting to someone else.  Yes the money is better then they have now, supposedly, but what could have been if they didn't flirt with the Big 10, piss off Nebraska, run off CU and A&M (possibly)?  Maybe they should have focused on improving the Big 12 with 2 more schools like TCU and Utah, and pushed for a new contract renegotiated more equally with more money for everyone.

Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:25 pm

This makes no sense whatsoever

The NCAA will not allow a 10 school conference to have a Conference Championship game.  That's a loss of a LOT of money to Texas.

This is posturing, pure and simple.   They want to paint A&M as the bad guys.

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:23 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

I would agree that Texas will keep the Big12 together.I think that Notre Dame will end up in the Big 12 . Maybe all 3 Independents join the Big12.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:22 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

Looks like Joe Schad was getting false info cause ESPN has completely changed the story. Nation's leader in sports wrong? This can't be!Surprised

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:18 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

Survival of Big 12 - My suggestion of New Members: TCU, Memphis
TCU Football & Baseball - Memphis BB & Football

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:17 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

I trust ESPN over all other sources.  All this guy is doing is taking some uncreditable resource from Orangebloods and reiterating his opinion.  ESPN makes sure they funnel creditable resources through the approriate measures.  ESPN states that they have talked to up to 4 Big 12 regents.  Parish, make sure you have your facts straight before you look like an idiot.

That's funny, ESPN was the network reporting that Mike Shanahan was set to become the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs last year.  They were acting like it was set in stone.  This was before Adam Schefter joined them.  Schefter said that it was highly unlikely that Shanahan would coach the Chiefs.  Of course, Schefter has had a close, personal relationship with Shanahan for several years.  Guess who turned out to be right?

Before the Super Bowl, ESPN was reporting that Dwight Freeney had torn ligaments in his ankle.  The Colts said that ESPN was wrong and that it was just a bad ankle sprain.  Freeney played the game and wound up not needing surgery on what turned out to be a very bad ankle sprain.

Near the beginning of the year, ESPN was reporting that Norm Chow was leaving UCLA.  UCLA came out and said that this was completely untrue.  Turns out......Norm Chow is not leaving UCLA.

Before the 2007 SEC Championship game, Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN College Gameday) was reporting that Les Myles was set to become the new head coach at Michigan.  Les Myles had to call a press conference immediately before the game to vehemently deny this "reporting".  Turns out that Les Myles is........still coaching at LSU.

There are other incidents of ESPN being wrong in the past, I just figured I'd list a few.  They are NOT as accurate in their rumor mongering as you would like to believe.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:11 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

The nation's first superconference??  I believe the Big East already has 16 teams and is the nation's first superconference (with the exception of football).

Since: Aug 31, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:04 pm

Conflicting Stories?????

This site reports that Texas will stay with the Big 12 according to  Another prominent sports reporting website reported that Texas will make the jump to the Pac 10 according to 4 different Big 12 sources.  Now that other site has jumped on the Big 12 bandwagon.
How 4 Big 12 sources could be wrong is interesting.  Joe Schad vs. Gary Parrish - who will prevail?

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:57 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

Texas AM has not left yet.......Do your research.....and then make your commit.

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