Welcome back to the latest episode of "How The Big 12 Slowly And Painfully Disintegrates." In the last few weeks we've seen Texas A&M publicly declare its crush on the SEC, and we've been hearing rumors about how the Pac-12 is ready to jump to 16 teams by adding Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech. Well, one of the schools we haven't heard from much in this whole soap opera is Baylor.
Baylor is a Texas school as well, but unlike A&M, Tech and the Longhorns, there has been no mention of Baylor leaving the Big 12, nor has there been any rumored interest in the program from other conferences. So, shockingly, it seems that Baylor is fully on board the "Let's Keep The Big 12 Together" train. The school is even starting a bit of a grass roots campaign to do so on its website.
Nothing is more beloved in Texas than Texas football. Entire towns travel to neighboring communities on Friday nights as rivals meet under the Friday night lights; Saturday mornings find families rushing out to pee wee football games and spending their afternoons with friends tailgating or watching some of the most historic and storied football rivalries in the nation; Sunday afternoons see families gathered in living rooms across the state to cheer on the Cowboys or the Texans.This is really the only stand that Baylor can take. As I said above, there hasn't been any rumored interest from other conferences in the school, and if the Big 12 does disband, Baylor faces an uncertain future. It would go from being in a BCS conference to likely having to move to the Mountain West or Conference USA.
Football in Texas is more than a passing interest, it is a part of the fabric of this great state.
Texans must stand up and call the leadership of the University of Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech to clear-headed thinking about the state's future. Texas' flagship institutions of higher learning are the guardians of the state's future—their loyalties must first be to Texas and to her citizens. Ask these leaders to take a stand for Texas and to stop this madness that will lead to the dissolution of the Big 12 and the end of an era for Texas.
And unfortunately for Baylor, that seems like the direction things are going to go.