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Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:07 am
Edited on: June 15, 2010 8:08 am

So that's it?


Boise State to the Mountain West, Colorado to the Pac-10, and Nebraska to the Big Ten is all we get in what has been described, over and over again throughout the past week, as college athletics' most unstable time in decades? No super conferences? No loss of a conference? If this is really all we get -- plus Utah to the Pac-10, which at the moment seems like the only logical move for commissioner Larry Scott, who wanted a 16-school league but will probably have to settle for Utah making his league a 12-school league -- then color me disappointed, because when this fuse was lit I prepared for the biggest of bangs. Instead, the national landscape hasn't really changed much, and it doesn't look like it will in the immediate future.

It was a bomb scare with no bomb.

It was a tornado watch with no twister.

The recap looks like this: The Big Ten improved with Nebraska. The Pac-10 will be enhanced with Colorado and, presumably, Utah. The Big 12 lost two schools and took a hit, but probably feels great considering how close it was to dissolving. And the Mountain West improved with the addition of Boise State, but could soon be damaged by the loss of Utah, which would then owe Texas a huge smooth.

Isn't that wild?

UT's decision to reject the Pac-10 will likely turn Utah into a "BCS" school.

All together now, Utah fans: Hook'em Horns!

(Note to Utah fans: If you see Vince Young in a strip club, do not fight him.He is your friend. You owe his alma mater.)

Seriously, almost from the start, it was clear Texas was the major player in all this, and that the Longhorns had the power to turn the Pac-10 into the Pac-16 and kill the Big 12, or hold much of the Big 12 together and in the process slow the move toward super conferences, if only temporarily. Ultimately, Texas decided to go with the latter. So now the Big 12 has 10 football-playing schools, the Pac-10 has 11, and the Big Ten has 12.

And nobody has 16.

That's the key.

Massive realignment now seems unlikely this summer.

The fuse was lit.

But Texas turned an expected bang into a minor dud by resisting the urge to go west.
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Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 3:56 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

But Wierd Al found road maps in Al Capopne's glove box.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 3:24 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

Was that "hot girl" really a 2:00 AM beauty queen?

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:43 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

Texas treated the Pac 11 like the hot girl at the bar that was taken home, and when she got naked, Texas backed out.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:39 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

if OU goes to the north they will be playing every other year, so in some cases they might not play at all

This is not necessarily the case.  If the Big-12 does indeed stay at 10 schools like Beebe says, there will be no need for divisions.  The Big-12 could go the Pac-10 route with a 9-game round-robin schedule.  Or scheduling could be done like it is in the Big Ten, where each school gets to pick two schools to lock in every year.  Then the rest of the conference teams are on a two-year rotating basis.  So Oklahoma could lock in Ok St and Texas every year.  Texas could lock in A&M and OU every year, etc, etc, etc.  In the end, each school will play all but one of the conference schools, which would rotate back onto the schedule after two years off.  Even if there were no locked in schools on an 8-game schedule, the Red River Shootout would be on as usual 16 out of 18 years.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:42 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

ARKANSAS WILL NOT LEAVE THE SEC. period. they will get paid less cuz Texas is gonna take a bigger chunk of the tv revenue. arkansas would get paid 3-4 MM less if it left the SEC. anyone who thinks they would do it to be 'powerhouse' in the big 12 north is a fool. this isn't about winning...This is one of those times where I agree with the conclusion...but not the support for the conclusion.  I agree that Arkansas is very unlikely to leave the SEC.  However, if (and I say if) the projections for this new Big 12 TV deal with FOx come to fruition.  They would make 15-20 million in TV revenue every year, which is a little more than they made in 2009.

The Big 12 has a lot to offer Arkansas  especially if they get Memphis.   Arkansas would have very little travel within the North.  Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, and Memphis are all in states that border them.  As is OU and OSU in the south.  NOt to mention, they already have a longstanding tradition with Texas.  They fit the Big 12 culturally, they would win more in the Big 12 NOrth than they do in the SEC West.  


I still dont think they would leave.  For a much shorter reason, if it aint broke......

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:38 pm

Mizzou got what it wanted after all

Now it's in the Big 10, lol!

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:38 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

To hades with Texas...leave it to them to ruin everything....can we just make them an independent and continue fixing the rest of the conferences?

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:13 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

By "sucked for years" you mean since 2005 dude?  Big 12 Champs in 2001 and multiple appearances in the championship game.  This discussion is about football, not all sports.  That really stings coming from a guy who doesn't even post his college football allegiance in his profile.  I think it's funny that Kansas loves Texas now for saving their hides.  You guys were this close to being banished to a mid-major conference.  Have fun being dominated by Texas in the Texas 10.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:03 pm


I hope UT and those in it's fan base can put the academic reasons for conference affiliation to bed once and for all. All along they were not going to the SEC because they supposedly did not like the academic reputation of the league, but they decide to stay with this group? It's essentially the same thing, minus Vandy. Nothing against any of the schools, but line them up one by one and the Big whatever and the SEC are comparable down the line. Academics matter a bit in the Big 10, and a lot in the Ivy. Otherwise, it's about who can put eyeballs in front of TV's. So if this comes up again, please, leave that reason off the checklist and focus on the one and only item under consideration - money.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:58 pm

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

So Nebraska is in the Big 12 and Texas in the Big 10!

Never name a conference with a number, it is screwy. LOL

I liked the old Southwest Conference. They need to get that name back. The Big 8 is more than ever gone...

Call the Big 10 the Big 12 if you must. But I would go to another type name: The Central Conference?.

The PAC 10 should become the PAC West

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