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September 22, 2011

Big 12 Picking Up The Pieces: Now that the PAC 12 has rejected Oklahoma and Texas, the Big 12 is scrambling to pick up the pieces and rebuild a conference that seemed doomed to history only a few days ago.

posted by Tinman to general at 12:14 PM - 8 comments

With the addition of a 10th team the Big 12 will remain a legitimate athletic conference as long as Texas and Oklahoma can play nice with the other schools.

posted by Tinman at 12:16 PM on September 22

So you're saying it's doomed, then. It will take nothing less than the Big 12 disintegrating and Texas facing an indy schedule full of UNLV and New Mexico to convince the Longhorns that saying "Fuck you you're just jealous!" over and over again is not a negotiation strategy.

posted by Etrigan at 02:03 PM on September 22

I completely agree, but you left out Oklahoma. Living in an area that is thick with OU fans, I can tell you that they think their shit doesn't stink either. I think it's time that both universities partake in a large slice of humble pie and look at the larger picture. Muzzle your dogs and just play damnit.

posted by Tinman at 02:27 PM on September 22

Glad my Aggies had enough of it. What a POS conference this is. Check out the horns home schedule next year now that they've said they refuse to play us:

Wyoming New Mexico Iowa State Baylor Missouri

There's gonna be some barn-burners there.

posted by pholcomb at 02:49 PM on September 22

Could it be that Texas and Oklahoma are tired of carrying teams that don't make any money?

posted by bperk at 02:55 PM on September 22

> Could it be that Texas and Oklahoma are tired of carrying teams that don't make any money?

Then why be in a conference in the first place? Also, that statement implies that Texas and OU actually have other options, which they don't. The PAC-12 doesn't want OU without Texas, and they don't want Texas with their LHN. None of the other conferences want them either.

I would think that the fact that the Big XII is being salvaged would make it obvious that those teams don't have other (decent) options.

posted by pholcomb at 03:03 PM on September 22

Could it be that Texas and Oklahoma are tired of carrying teams that don't make any money? -----

If you're talking purely about football revenue, sure. But Big 12 basketball is a huge moneymaker too, and neither of those schools are exactly powerhouses. There's a ying and a yang to establishing some parity that neither of those schools were taking into consideration.

posted by Tinman at 03:35 PM on September 22

Living in an area that is thick with OU fans, I can tell you that they think their shit doesn't stink either.

No argument about the fans, but the school itself has been remarkably restrained -- though I'll admit that much of it is because they don't have the leverage that Texas has.

posted by Etrigan at 03:52 PM on September 22

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