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Big XII Commish: “We Could Be Proactive”

gfx - they said itAcross the college athletics industry, there seems to be a common belief: Most Big XII teams would consider expanding but big, bad Texas is dead against it.

We’ve heard that from SEC sources, from sources in the television industry, from sources familiar with media rights contracts, and from sources of sources.  True or not, it’s out there.  And recent statements suggest that, yes, there is some truth to the belief that the University of Texas is trying to keep the brake pedal mashed on Bob Bowlsby’s Expansionmobile.

Yesterday we told you that Longhorn AD DeLoss Dodds had opened up about possible Big XII expansion if only to try to shut the idea down.  “We’re very happy with 10,” Dodds told The Dallas Morning News.  “It works for us geographically, it works for us financially and it works for us competitively.”

Late last night, the Big XII’s commissioner seemed bit more open to growth when speaking to the same newspaper.

 

“We continue to watch the landscape.  Until we’re persuaded that larger is better, we feel pretty good about right where we are.  That’s part of what we’re going to do during (the NCAA Convention this week)… is talk about what the advantages are of getting bigger and what the disadvantages are and what are the advantages of staying where we’re at.”

 

While Bowlsby said his league would not just grow in order to match moves made by other conferences, he did say, “We could be proactive.”

The Big XII commish seems to view one aspect of the great conference shuffle as we do — schools and leagues are rushing these decisions with no real idea of what the results will be.  “A clear mandate only comes from a clear set of data that says this is the right thing to do,” Bowlsby said, making it clear that currently there is no clear set of data regarding the fallout from major realignment.

 


7 comments
buddha22
buddha22

The only reason Texas' Dodd's came out and saw his shadow was to let Bowlsby and the other ADs know what the king believes. Texas doesn't want this conference to get comfortable because he wants the other schools as dependent (pliable) as possible so the mere suggestion that Texas wouldn't like it will keep the serfs quiet. Only reason you don't see obnoxious Bevo fans on here is that with both major sports being average at best and given the Aggies great year in football...easier to pretend they don't care.

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

The reason the B12 is not expanding, beyond Texas does not want it, is that there are currently no attractive options. If expansion was in Texas' best interest, trust me, the B12 would be expanding. However look at the schools in the border states that are "currently" available. If the ACC unravels, all bets are off. To the east - Cincy, Memphis, Tulane, La Tech, S. Miss, USF, UCF, ECU, Ark St.. To the west  - Houston, SMU, UTSA, UTEP, UNM, UNLV, BYU, CSU, Boise St., air force. That is your current selection of available schools. Adding any of them will not increase the finacial pie of the each school, and will add travel costs because none of them are close. So why expand? None of those schools bring power or money to either the B12 or Texas. So as long as those are the options, the B12 is not expanding. 

SECHog3
SECHog3

Texas is only interested in power and money.  What teams can help them with either? If it's not good for the them, it won't happen in the big12.  Most schools willing to join the big 12 won't increase Texas' share of the profits.  Other than the remaining SW Conference teams not already in the big 12, no others have first hand experience with UT's bullying.  There are only five of the original Big8 schools left in the big12.  If any of them, other than OU, had a choice last year, I'm sure they would have left as well.  The Texas schools are afraid to be without UT.  Texas A&M is the only one with guts.  (Gig em Aggies!)

 

All this to say, any team joining the big12 at this point will be desperate if this expansion stuff blows wide open.  That includes FSU and GT, if the B1G isn't interested.  BTW, a year ago the perception was the big12 was falling apart.  How did that change over the last year from them to the ACC?  Adding WVU and TCU as opposed to Syracuse and Pitt?  Losing Colorado, Nebraska, MIssouri, and Texas A&M compared to Maryland?

ChaseTheTrainWarren
ChaseTheTrainWarren

"Until we’re persuaded that larger is better" .......... then why not just call it the Mid-Sized XII

mizzourfw
mizzourfw

What Texas wants, Texas gets in the Big Tex +9 oconference.

 

Quidam65
Quidam65

The grant of rights that the Big 12 supposedly has in place.  Which is very similar to a man asking his wife for a divorce so he can marry his mistress; the wife says fine but I get your paycheck for the next x number of years until the kids turn 18.



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