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Big XII Commish: We’re Content At 10, But Our Eyes Are Open

gfx - they said itThere’s a standard answer that university presidents and conference commissioners give these days when asked about expansion.  “We’re happy where we are, but we’ll be ready if the landscape changes.”

So when Big XII commissioner Bob Bowlsby sat down for an interview with the Longhorn Network, what did he say when asked about his league’s expansion plans?


“We’re distributing the largest amount of money of any conference on a per-member basis.  We have activation on campus of our third-tier rights.  Nobody does it better than Texas does with the Longhorn Network but several of our other institutions are doing a great job as well. 

We feel like this is the right shape and the right size for us.  We also feel it’s a lot easier to get larger than it is to get smaller.  We are very content at 10, but we’re not oblivious to what’s going on around us and we’re going to be ever-vigilant about the changing tide of college football.”


With the possible exception of his use of the word “ever-vigilant,” Bowlsby pretty much said exactly what everyone else says about expansion.  “We don’t want to, but if somebody else moves, we’re ready.”

A few months ago we likened the current state of the conference realignment game to the final long, tense (and did we say long) showdown scene from “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.”  Our opinion hasn’t changed.


The Duel [HD] from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)


The only things left to determine?  Which league is Tuco, which is Blondie, and which is Angel Eyes?

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