Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 182
Had a good Tuesday: What has long been clear -- especially to those in Nebraska -- became even more clear Tuesday when various teleconferences around the country featured conference commissioners and school athletic directors explaining in great detail how much Texas controlled in this process and will control in the future. Now that everything has mostly settled, what we know going forward is that Texas will make more money while having an easier path to the BCS title game given that Nebraska is out of the league and there will be no Big 12 Championship Game. That's a win-win. So though there were lots of winners (and some losers) throughout this wacky process, Texas, by far is the biggest winner.
Had a bad Tuesday: Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson seemed set to improve his league a week ago with the addition of Boise State, but now multiple media outlets in Utah are reporting that the Utes are headed to the Pac-10. Mountain West + Boise State - Utah = Not good. It's still a nice league, sure. But it won't be as nice as it was or as it thought it was going to become.
Quote of the day: "I wanted to ensure I was carrying out the will of our higher being here, to make sure that we continue." -- Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe apparently suggesting that a higher being wanted the Big 12 to continue to exist. So that settles it, right? God is a Texas fan.
Link of the day: Click this link to read a detailed look at how this process developed and changed and developed some more from OrangeBloods.com's Chip Brown. Tremendous reporting and insight.
On tap: Utah will continue to wait for a formal invitation from the Pac-10. It could come Thursday.