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Big 12 fate in Oklahoma's hands?

Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 5:49 pm
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Posted by Tom Fornelli

As CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd reported on Wednesday, Baylor is one of a number of Big 12 schools that are currently threatening legal action against the SEC to block the move of Texas A&M to the conference. But could it be that the motive behind this move has nothing to do with keeping Texas A&M and everything to do with keeping Oklahoma?

That seems to be the case according to a report in the Waco Tribune. The report says that Baylor along with Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Missouri and Texas Tech would be willing to let the Aggies go without a fight as long as Oklahoma pledges to stay in the Big 12 and keep the conference together.
If Oklahoma reaffirms its commitment to the Big 12, the schools are expected to sign the waiver that would allow the Aggies to go to the SEC without any legal action. The Sooners, who are reportedly considering a move to the Pac-12, are expected to make their decision within the next two weeks.
Whether this is actually the case or not, who knows? What we do know is that RedRaiderSports.com's Chris Level has already tweeted that reports of Texas Tech threatening legal action against anyone is "simply not true."

Which makes sense if you think about it. Texas Tech has been one of the schools that has been tied to a possible move to the Pac-12 with Oklahoma, so I don't see why the school would draw such a firm line in the sand. As for the other schools involved in this report, aside from Missouri, these are the schools that would suffer the most if the Big 12 were to disband because they don't have contingency plans in place. Missouri on the other hand has been mentioned as a possibility for the SEC, but could just as easily wind up in the Big Ten or Big East.

For Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State, doing everything in their power to keep the Big 12 together is all they can do at this point. It's the only way to ensure that they're still members of a BCS conference when the dust finally settles.
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Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:35 am
 

Big 12 fate in Oklahoma's hands?

I do think KU and K-State will be just fine no matter what happens ... and they will be in a BCS Conference. Baylor and Iowa State may be doomed.



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:33 am
 

Big 12 fate in Oklahoma's hands?

Kansas, in particular, carries too much prestige and history in basketball to be left out.

You do know this is about football, don't you?



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:47 am
 

Big 12 fate in Oklahoma's hands?

Actually Kansas has many options and with them Kansas State as well. The Big East would love to have two more football schools (actually three) to take them to 12 and a championship game. They would also become that much stronger in basketball which elevates them to the #1 conference in the country with 19 or 20 basketball schools.

In addition the Big 10 is not going to be left in the dust while the Pac and the Big East blow up into mega-conferences. Kansas and Missouri are members of the prestigious AAU (required for Big 10 membership) and would fit well there. Finally the ACC will have to expand or face being raided by the SEC and Big 10. Kansas and Kansas State would add to the conference as, perhaps Missouri.

I do not think there is any credibility to claiming that Kansas and Kansas State will stop being members of a BCS conference (although a complete shakeup of schools and conferences may also change the BCS formulas.) Kansas, in particular, carries too much prestige and history in basketball to be left out.



Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Big 12 fate in Oklahoma's hands?

Reporters for the Daily Oklahoman indicate that their information increasingly indicates the Waco Trbune story to be bogus, possibly even orchestrated by Baylor's Ken Starr.

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