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More on the College Football Realignment

June 14, 2010

Texas says they are committed to saving the Big 12, which is good. I didn’t think the Big 12 would go down without a fight. They have until 2011, before any of the Big changes happen so some things can happen.

ESPN has contradicted this saying that a Pac-10 move was close to happening. Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State would follow the Longhorns.

The departure of Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to the Pac-10 is imminent, four sources within the Big 12 said Monday.

One source said commissioner Dan Beebe’s last-minute plan to save the conference has “zero” chance to succeed. Another source said it is “very unlikely” to succeed.

Texas’ interests in being aligned with the research opportunities and academic missions of Pac-10 schools is driving the decision, along with money.

TAMU looks like they are also bailing to the SEC. A statement from the Athletic Director said:

As (athletic director) Bill Byrne and I have said on several occasions, our desire was for the Big 12 Conference to continue,” Texas A&M R. Bowen Loftin said in a statement Sunday evening. “With the departure of two universities from the conference last week, the Big 12 is certainly not what it was.

“We are aggressively exploring our options, one of which is for the Big 12 to continue in some form. We have also had extensive discussions with other conferences over the past two days. We continue to evaluate our options in a deliberate manner as we work toward a decision that is in the best long-term interests of Texas A&M.”

Further contradictions indicate Oklahoma would be heading towards the SEC, while Kansas would join the Pac-10 (or whatever number that will be). Thus defeating the idea of a “Pac” based conference.

If the Big 12 can hold things together for at least a year, there is a chance that they could add a few teams to get their conference back on track. Odds of a Big 12 survival. are starting to increase. Memphis desperately needs to escape CUSA. Would the Big 12 take that big of a risk? BYU, Boise State, TCU seem like viable replacement options for Nebraska and Colorado. the Remainder of the CUSA, WAC and MWC could recombine into mediocre conferences, or join other ‘second tear’ conferences. N

The Big East has been surprisingly quiet on this whole matter, which worries me as a fan of a Big East School. I think there as good chance that the Big East football schools will break off from the Basketball only schools. I think that Basketball only schools from conferences like the Horizon, A10 and Big East need to get together soon and come up with some league that would save those schools.

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