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Big 12 didn't need that championship game anyway

Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:27 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

You can't expect the Big 12 to look at last summer's defections of Colorado and Nebraska and say "Well, it was fun being a major conference while it lasted." There are, no doubt, some advantages to a 10-team league over 12. But the cheeriness at this year's Big 10, err, Big 12 spring meetings is very cheery indeed for a conference that waved good-bye to one of the sport's traditional powers and its lucrative conference championship game.

As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:
"We didn't plan it, exactly, but what we've ended up with is probably better than we would have planned," Texas athletics director DeLoss Dodds said Wednesday during the Big 12 meetings ...

"Now I can say this: I was always a little bit jealous of the Pac-10," said [commissioner Dan] Beebe, referring to its previous ability to schedule round robins in football and double round-robins in basketball.
To which the former Pac-10 responds: O RLY? Because at the same time Beebe was supposedly jealous of those things, Larry Scott was willingly giving them up in order to steal Colorado, become the Pac-12, and eventually land the richest television contract in college athletics history. Somehow, we don't think it follows Scott is suddenly going to become the one jealous of Beebe.

A big factor in the Pac-12's new television windfall is, of course, its new conference championship game. But Dodds insists having to deal with all that money and attention was kind of a drag anyway:
Big 12 schools for the first time will ... drop the title game that three times cost its loser a chance to play for the national championship.

"I think it hurt more than it helped; I like where we are not having the game," Dodds said.

Of course, it's awfully easy for Dodds to say; his Longhorn program is swimming in cash regardless of whether there's a Big 12 title game or not. We're forced to wonder whether his counterparts at Baylor or Iowa State would say the same, not only for the financial issues but because "we might lose our shot at a national title game" isn't exactly a major concern for them at the moment.

Then again: this would hardly be the first time Dodds and the Longhorns have taken it upon themselves to declare that's what best for Texas is what's best for the entire conference, would it?

Comments

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Big 12 didn't need that championship game anyway

Just to clarify BlkFlagMafia's statement......Okie State and Texas A&M have played UT and OU every year since the Big 12's inception.  That won't be anything new to them, it will be harder on Mizzou, Iowa St, Kansas and Kansas St.



Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 12:48 am
 

Big 12 didn't need that championship game anyway

Yeah I'm sure even homers don't believe this deep down inside. Round Robin is terrible when you have more than three good teams because if one team goes undefeated it means everyone else will have about three or more losses most year. Round robin only allows for two teams to have good seasons and one team absouletely must go undefeated or your not looking any many multiple BCS bids anymore.


Say good bye to the years of have four ten win teams Big 12 fans

excellent post.....beebe is hiding the fact that they lost a potential bcs team/big time bowl in nebraska. the title game brings big money so their gonna lose that not to mention okiest/tamu/mizzou/kstate arent gonna have fun facing tex/ou every single year. the big12 will be like the ole bigten have 1 and maybe two bcs bids teams wise.

ps all those big12 north teams that were popping off about nebraska and talk trash......have fun the jokes on you some of you fans forgot how it is to play ou n tex all in one season. your gonna find out its not fun and your gonna starting begging other conferences to take you or slum your way down to the mwc or bigeast. the 12 team rotation protecting the northern teams now their gonna get the full version of the big12 south have fun getting smacked by tamu n okie st.



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Big 12 didn't need that championship game anyway

Yeah I'm sure even homers don't believe this deep down inside. Round Robin is terrible when you have more than three good teams because if one team goes undefeated it means everyone else will have about three or more losses most year. Round robin only allows for two teams to have good seasons and one team absouletely must go undefeated or your not looking any many multiple BCS bids anymore.


Say good bye to the years of have four ten win teams Big 12 fans.



Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Big 12 didn't need that championship game anyway

The Hangover would be a good movie for you to watch.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Big 12 didn't need that championship game anyway

That's the Austin Conference now. Nebraska and Colorado made smart moves to get out. Oklahoma and the other eight schools not located in Austin will wish they had left too. DeLoss Dodds has a what's best for Texas is best for the Big Roman Numeral Conference attitude that doesn't match with reality.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Big 12 didn't need that championship game anyway

O RLY?

YA RLY

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