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Big 12 Lives: Texas Turns Down Pac-10

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 4:42 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The University of Texas and up to 9 other teams will stay in the Big 12. TV money, travel costs, and the chance for OU and UT to negotiate side deals may be behind the decision.


10 Responses to “Big 12 Lives: Texas Turns Down Pac-10”

  1. There’s really no change here from yesterday. Basically this is just a move to put pressure on Texas A&M. If the Aggies split for the SEC, they go to the PAC-10, but at that point the Aggies get all the blame, and if the Aggies stay, then they’re seen as the good guys, and get their enhanced revenue regardless.

    Skip (ab3117)

  2. The Pac 10 should stay as it is anyway. I was a USC freshman when the old PCC blew up. What happened was that the small schools ganged up on the big schools and penalized them from some rather hazy infractions. The TV money was nothing like now and it was more rivalry. Stanford sided with the four small schools and we all hated Stanford for years. (What year is it ?) The sanctimony was oozing out of Palo Alto. Anyway, the four big schools quit the PCC and the small schools like Idaho never recovered the revenue they blew by indulging in a bit of beggar thy neighbor.

    There is a lot of envy and hostility among university presidents and faculty. It’s worse than the athletes.

    Mike K (82f374)

  3. UT is in love with the idea of having its own network like Notre Dame. Unfortunately, that network won’t be NBC.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  4. The other schools slit their own throats and give the biggest dog on the block more all the bones.

    Exactly what Texas wanted.

    Good riddance.

    Dopey (adee9d)

  5. Apparently ESPN is going to announce a huge TV contract tomorrow giving UT $25 million, OK $21 million, A&M (and someone else I can’t recall)$17 million. A lot more than they get now and comparable to B10 $. Big 10 is not done though…

    Stay tuned

    ND & Rutgers look likely by next month

    FLBuckeye (aead8b)

  6. Amazing, isn’t it? After the dance of conferences, the Big 10 will have 12 members and the Big 12 will have 10. No wonder our kids can’t add.

    Ken Hahn (3c2c22)

  7. One of the “several small details” that needs to be ironed out would have to be revenue sharing. I believe that at one time the 12 schools had an arrangement to split net TV revenue evenly among all member programs. One would thnk that UT and OU are going to force a change in that set-up.

    I don’t buy the notion that the former Big 12 will continue as a 10 team conference. They lose way too much TV money by not having a conference championship game, and they need 12 schools in order to do that (unless they expect the NCAA to relax that rule). I have to assume that they are putting out feelers to other schools to get back to 12 schools.

    JVW (36eb17)

  8. Have to say I didn’t see that coming… the Big 12(-) will be looking to attract Utah(?) and someone else soon to get back to 12 members I’d bet (but then again, I was wrong before, and apparently none of the big 12(-) liked the Championship game anyway).

    Instead of 5 16-member conferences and everyone else; it now looks more likely that everyone will be shooting for 12 (which would mean no expansion in the SEC) .. hmm

    Lord Nazh (0d312a)

  9. I still think that the Big 10/1//12 will have Rutgers and Notre Dame in the future. I am kind of glad this worked out the way it did. Could you imagine the road trips from Washington to Texas? And, though I loathe Kansas and am indifferent to Mizzoops, I did not want to see them get screwed in all of this.

    JD (9d6bcd)

  10. I don’t know what crazy person thought UT would fit in the Pac 10. That is crazy talk. UT is somebody you meet in a championship game not in conference.

    Thomas (acd353)

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