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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 19, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2010 3:05 am

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

Trying to make it sound like they "defeated " the big 10's plans by not jumping ship causing the big 12 to unfold..?

Huh?  How is that supposed to work Parrish..?

Either way, it was only "analysts" like you that said it and hyped it...
;     &nbs


Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:59 am

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

then color me disappointedI thought it was called a spray on tan?

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:58 am

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

Neither TCU nor Houston will be in the Big 12.  Texas won't want any more Texas schools in the mix.

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:52 am

Big 12....TCU and maybe one other?

Think about this,  if the Big 12 decided to go back to 12 teams and one of the additions is TCU and then Utah bolts for the PAC 10...then Boise State will have moved to the MWC....... for nothing....with perhaps Utah and TCU gone the MWC will have lost two Big football powers.....Boise will have traded Fresno State for BYU, Nevada for New Mexico, in-state rival Idaho for Colorado State, Hawaii for SDSU......big is possible that BSU will have landed on their rear end if this comes about......that would really be something...and it would be too bad for BSU

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:51 am

Who's Next for the Big 12 Conference?

Arkansas would be a great fit to begin adding teams back to the Big 12 Conference.  An old ally from the Southwest Conference days and a school that has a football and mens basketball programs on the rise for money sports.  The Sec wouldn't be too upset because they could raid the ACC which in turn would probably love to pick up Memphis and its promise of $10 a year from FedEx.  TCU would be another good fit.  They have a football team itiching at a shot for a national look and one that has a great recruiting base.  The only question is whether Texas would allow it and risk losing even one recruit to a rising Hornfrog program.
Either way Texas will be pushing for the addition of 2 more schools within 2 years in order to keep a Big 12 Conference Championship game and the revenue that comes with it.  If this happens Oklahoma and Oklahoma State go to the North and assure Stoops and company of a yearly trip to that Championship game to meet the Longhorns.  
The Muffin Conference that is the Big 12 just got a little more top heavy with the loss of Nebraska no matter who they replace them with.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:43 am

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

I find this hilarious that Big 12 is going to stick around after the media went nuts for a week wasting its time predicting about 100 different things that were going to happen.
In the end, the Big Ten gets a great addition with Nebraska. Colorado makes an idiotic move to the Pac-10. Boise State goes from when horsemanure conference to another when it maybe could have held out for the Big 12 or the Pac-10 now. And Utah could be a big winner if it finds itself in the Pac-10.

Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:42 am

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

I think we really need to add TCU and I agree with Housten. 
If you add those two I think you have to put OU and OSU in the north with these 2 Texas teams coming in.  This would set up quite possibly the Red Rivarly 2 times a year, with a confrence championship game. That should bring in bunches of money and send the BCS in total choas. Just a thought

Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:39 am

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

THANK YOU LONGHORNS!!! I hope I never have to write THAT again. I'm just NOT ready for the complete loss of so much college football tradition. The players change every couple of seasons, the style of play will change every few years based on coaches coming and going, but the ENERGY from the student-body filled stadiums when the annual ( sometimes semi-annual ) showdown with that rival from long ago comes rolling into town... it just keeps college football entertaining. 

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:23 am

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

They need to rename the conferences without numbers.  It was bad enough that the Big Ten had 11.  What will the logo look like now?

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:23 am

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

There hasn't been this much excitement since Geraldo Rivera opened up Al Capone's safe and found... nothing.

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