The Big 12 may be going down in a smoldering heap but, apparently, the state of Texas has laid claim to declaring the conference body DOA. Or resuscitating it. Or flexing their pecs as they head out of the funeral.
To be honest, we couldn’t care less about the state of Texas and their politics. But, that state’s legislative body and their media-friendly mouthpieces are doing their best to put themselves into the very middle and forefront of this expansion situation; and they are apparently succeeding as they’ve sucked in ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad and, now, SI.com‘s Andy Staples.
A quote from State Rep. Dan Branch graciously offered up by Staples, apparently regarding the regent meetings of current Big 12 schools scheduled for early this week, tells all there is to tell.
“To make a final decision before Wednesday,” Branch said, “would not be wise.”
Buyer beware being affiliated with any of these Texas schools. Especially the Austin-based one.