Blog Entry

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.
Category: NCAAF

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:09 am

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

Now the Big 12 needs to get TCU and Houston in the mix. TCU has the football credentials and will build up the basketball team over time. and will only get better, Their basketball team won 20 last year and playing in the Big 12,their recruiting will jump up in quality real fast .

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:37 am

A Big Ten with twelve and a Big Twelve with ten

In a weird, twisted way, that's about the only fitting end to this chapter of conference realignment.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:33 am

Texas' decision seems to have calmed realignment

So a bomb scare is only cool if it precedes a bombing?   A tornado warning is en vogue if it is followed by a tornado swirlign through?   Come on Gary, a cataclysmic turn of events was, at least for the time being, avoided and that should be well accepted by anyone who considers themselves a fan of collegiate athletics. 

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or