So what if 6 schools in the Big 12 decided they wanted it out. Could they have a majority vote and end the GOR? Are would those 4 remaining schools get the rights to all of the TV rights? Seems like it would be hard to exist as a 4 team conference.
In an effort to cheer the masses, we have a special dedication to make to…
* The websites and talk radio shows that have thrived on expansion mania (It’s been good for business during summer downtimes.)
* The messageboard operators who’ve seen traffic explode with every realignment rumor
* Florida State fans who wanted to erase a 20-year-old mistake and finally jump to a football-first conference
* West Virginia fans who wanted out of the Big East and moved to the Big XII expecting a few other regional schools to eventually jump in after them
* Big XII fans who expected their league to swallow up Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame and others in order to zip past the SEC as the nation’s best football conference
* Anyone who wanted Texas AD DeLoss Dodds to not get his way for once
* Proponents of super-conferences who wanted to see the creation of 18-, 20-, or even 24-school leagues
* All of the folks who thought we’d wind up with four 16-school leagues and a nice, neat eight-team college football playoff to go along with them
* Cincinnati and UConn fans who thought they’d finally find a way into the ACC, Big XII or Big Ten if expansion continued to boom
* The makers of cocktail napkins (as there will be less need for sports bar chit-chatters to draw up explanations of their favorite realignment scenarios)
* The folks who’d already penciled North Carolina State and Virginia into the SEC
* The Big Ten which clearly had eyes on a few more Eastern and Southern schools for the purposes of dealing with population shifts and demographic changes
Yes, to all of those groups and more, here’s hoping Garth Brooks’ ol’ #1 hit from 1990 rings true.
Just a great, surprising move by John Swofford. On behalf of MrSEC.com, we’d like to thank him for doing his part to try and put a lid on three years of craziness.