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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 20, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:56 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

Why does ESPN say the opposite?

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:52 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

This isn't sanity or any magnanimous action on the Longhorns part. This is instead the ultimate display of outright greed and selfishness. Texas wants to remain the big fish in a small pond of which they have complete control, and can hoard the lion's share of revenue. They don't want any part of the SEC where they would be an also ran, or the PAC-10 where they would not have as much control. Hopefully, Oklahoma, OK State and A&M will leave them to their own fiefdom.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:51 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

Based on the past decade, I would say a Wisconsin-Nebraska rivalry sounds about right. I'd like to hear a rational, unbiased reasoning on why Nebraska has any potential to start to "dominate" or why they have been any more relevant than Wisconsin over the past 10 years. In fact, I'd say Wisconsin is trending heavily upwards while the opposite is true for Nebraska. Of course, you could cite some championships won before you were born if you want but let's can any talk of Nebraska being a power in the Big Ten for now at least...

Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:50 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

This is simply posturing, another attempt to gain leverage in the ongoing negogiations between the UT brass and Larry Scott/Pac 10 officials.  Texas is looking for a sweeter deal from the Pac 10 for joining, and they are finding it difficult to swallow their pride and take the slight hit to their ego as just another team in a superconference.  Fact is, the Big 12 cannot survive as is and will not garner any new media revenue windfall in its current state.  Since it cannot, there will be no more money that Dan Beebee can commit to persuade the Longhorns to remain the kingpin of the Big 12.  From the beginning it seemed obvious to Texas that if Nebraska and Colorado left, the conference was done - they know this and in an effort to save his job, Beebee is fabricating the potential benefits that Texas would have for staying in place.  Texas is then using this misinformation in kind as a bargaining chip to become the kingpin of the new Pac 10/16, which it knows it cannot do as the Pac 10 will be run by the major programs on the west coast, with Texas as a major (but not THE major) player. 

Texas will probably get a few million more out of the new Pac 10/16 deal, but their departure is inevitable.  The only question is whether or not the new conference will allow for a Texas network which might compete with the interests of the new Pac 10/16 network. 

This report is a farce, just another pawn in this chessgame. 

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:42 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

As a Husker fan, it is going to be hard to envision a "rivalry" created between Nebraska and anyone in the Big 10 as things currently stand.  You can't just put two teams together and say "go make a rivalry", there should be one or more events that can be used as a catalyst to create a rivalry and it could take years to produce. 

Nebraska has not had a genuine "rivalry&q
uot; with anyone since they stopped playing Oklahoma every year.  The Big 10 is a good fiscal decision for Nebraska in the short term, though not a good choice from a traditions perspective IMHO.  I hope they are able to create a rivalry with someone or it could become very boring for Husker fans. 

Oh, and for whoever suggested it, I cannot view Wisconsin as a "rival" for Nebraska, maybe a Penn State, Ohio State or even better, Michigan cans Rodrigues, gets someone with integrity and strong coaching skills and the team rises in prominence again just as Nebraska starts to dominate, I can see a Nebraska/Michigan rivalry down the road if that happens.


Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:14 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

Actually A&M and LSU used to have a great rivalry before LSU got tired of getting beat and backed out of the matchup. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:14 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

I hope this is true..much as I would have loved the Aggies over here in the SEC, this is the best idea. Texas will control more than ever I guess, butr other good schools can be added. Texas is a BIG PLACE and they love football... they can always attract attention from places such as Oklahoma or elsewhere...

To me a PAC 16 super conference simply means you end up playing your OOC games in your super conferences OTHER division.... I do not see what is so attractive about that... we already have nice rivalry games out of conference..USC - Notre Dame type games ... or Ohio and Texas...OOC games are fine now...

It could have would have been like taking most of the south division of the big 12 and ading the Arizona...then playing a few games with the coastal teams OOC... big deal..they can do that with the present Big 10 (previous 12) or play the SEC or whoever they like OOC..

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:10 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

Rice, Houston, Memphis and SMU could fill the gap of teams that leave the Southwest. Teams like UTSA could fill in the subsequent gap that would be created on Conf, USA.

Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:04 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

A+M should want nothing to do with the SEC dont they remember their bowl game against a very middle of the rd Georgis team they got absolutely killed they looked like Baylor not a big 12 power!! They are worried about Texas shadow, they are so small right now they don't even cast a shadow (Like dust) Vandy might even be able to get em here and there

Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2010 1:55 pm

Report: Texas to commit to 10-school Big 12

As a big 12 north fan I'd just soon be done with this and see Texas go to the Pac10.  Replace NU and CU with TCU and Houston? and Ark?  I'm sick of Texas school this and Texas school that.  No more Texas schools, thanks!  
6 schools from the same state does not make for a very interesting conference.  Shouldn't be known as the Texas college league with UT as its domineer year in, year out.  /Yawn
A&M would be better off in the SEC.  They'd improve their marketability.  IMO if they have success in the SEC they appear as UT's equal and not their underling staying in the same conference.  That would increase the intensity of their rivalry imo, assuming they'd still play each other out of conference each year.

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