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Lee Corso thinks Big 12 will survive

God bless Lee Corso.

Speaking before tonight’s NASCAR race at Daytona — rain, you’d best get moving around the track and let the race run in its entirety unimpeded — the mascot-loving co-host on ESPN’s College GameDay program was asked about the recently-avoided — for now — expansion apocalypse.

Specifically, Mr. Corso was queried on the near-demise of the Big 12 and whether a ten-team conference could survive.  Needless to say, Mr. Corso was the anti-Tommy Tuberville.

Yes. It’s good where it is now,” Corso told the Orlando Sentinel. “Because now Texas and Oklahoma don’t have to worry about the conference championship game, and it makes it easier for them to get to the national championship”

In what were obviously off-the-cuff remarks, Mr. Corso still encapsulated everything that’s wrong about the duct-taped Big 12 and everything that’s cause for concern for people like Tuberville: it’s good for Texas.

“We have some teams that get a little bit more money and have a little bit more stroke than some of the other teams.”

That stroking Tuberville referred to will continue unabated in Dan Beebe’s face-saving configuration; whether the Big 12 can continue with that configuration two years from now — let alone ten years — very much remains to be seen.

(Writer’s note: Based on conversations with Andrea Adelson of the Sentinel, we have tweaked Mr. Corso’s comments slightly.  It happens, Andrea.  No blood no foul.  Hopefully you’ve stopped flogging yourself.)

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  1. edgy says: Jul 3, 2010 9:17 PM

    Everyone gets on about Texas being the key to the Big 12ish but let’s not forget that it was the SWC that disbanded and was absorbed by the Big 8 and not the other way around. If Texas takes its ball and goes away, the Big 12ish would survive and may even do better because they’d probably go after TCU and even if A&M leaves, they could still pick up a few teams to bring them back to 12 AND they would end up sharing revenue equally and that would make them a stronger conference from top to bottom.

  2. DCroz says: Jul 4, 2010 12:43 AM

    The issue has not been that the Big XII-II had been too strong for a team to make the BCS Championship Game; seven of the 12 BCS NCGs have featured either Oklahoma, Texas, or Nebraska. Rather, it’s that they have a hard time winning once they get there (only twice: Oklahoma in 2000 and Texas in 2005).
    If anything, the Big XII-II NEEDS a championship game to give their teams one more tough contest to prepare them for the ultimate matchup. They just don’t have enough quality teams within the conference to battle-harden their champion for the NCG.
    And for those who argue that a conference title game prevents a team from making and winning a title game, look no further than the SEC. When the first SEC title game was played in 1992, many argued that it would make it practically impossible for an SEC team to win the national title and/or go undefeated. Alabama did both right out of the chute, as did Tennessee in 1998 and ‘Bama again this past season. Auburn went undefeated but did not even get a shot at the championship in 2004. Florida (1996, 2006, 2008) and LSU (2003) lost once and still won the national title, and LSU did it in 2007 with two losses. Only the 1995 Florida team has played for the national title and lost, and even then to arguably the greatest single-season football team ever in that year’s Nebraska squad. That’s eight national titles, one unbeaten but no title, and one title game loss in 18 seasons, with only Tennessee in 2001 losing a national title shot because of a loss in the SEC title game. (‘Bama was unbeaten when it lost to Florida in the 1994 title game, but was also ranked number three behind undefeated Nebraska and Penn State squads and would not have played for the national title even with a win.) Seems that a conference championship game–rather than a lack of one–makes it easier for a team to win all the marbles.

  3. grandavenue says: Jul 4, 2010 1:41 AM

    Well said DC!
    The Big XII is doomed. We all know it.
    Now:
    Pac-10
    Big Ten
    SEC
    ACC
    They all have title games. Four teams will have fought and won the conference title from 4 of the big 6. The Big XII and the Big East don’t, but nobody would claim the Big XII nor the Big East is high on the list of 6.
    The 4 teams with title games give their top team on a silver platter to the BCS as if to say “here, try and beat em” because they will have proven they can hang with the best, because they beat the best.

  4. overratedgators says: Jul 4, 2010 2:11 AM

    Think so, Lee? NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND!

  5. spudvol says: Jul 4, 2010 9:20 AM

    That’s it. The Big-12 is doomed. Nothing can survive a vote of confidence from Lee Corso.

  6. Sean Martin says: Jul 4, 2010 11:13 AM

    Is Lee Corso turning into Lou Holtz?

  7. funi says: Jul 4, 2010 11:37 AM

    How many times has Corso been right? Little 12 is done! Texas destroyed itself in the long run!

  8. soonerforever says: Jul 4, 2010 12:31 PM

    First of all, we’re not interested in it being “easier” to get to the National Championship. We’re interested in earning our way just like everyone else.
    I’d say that most Oklahoma and Texas fans would prefer that the Big 12 doesn’t last. Does anyone honestly believe that someone other than those two will ever win that conference title? Hasn’t been done since ’03, and by looking at the state of the programs, and the recruiting, it doesn’t look like it’ll change anytime soon.
    Oklahoma and the SEC felt each other out this last time, and I don’t think there’s any question that’s where we’ll end up when it’s all said and done.

  9. edgy says: Jul 4, 2010 1:59 PM

    grandavenue says: July 4, 2010 1:41 AM ET
    Pac-10
    Big Ten
    SEC
    ACC
    They all have title games.
    ******************
    Uh — NO. The fact of the matter is that ONLY the SEC and ACC have title games and until Nebraska and Colorado leave – the Big 12 does, as well. The Pac-10 (emphasis on the 10) and the Big 10ish don’t have the required teams to hold a championship game.

  10. blitz4848 says: Jul 5, 2010 11:00 AM

    Another important reason the Big 10 desperately needs to get a championship game….the ridiculous acheduling where each yr you only play 8 of the other 10 teams and no conference ch game…what a joke…a great example this yr would be Purdue who doesn’t play 2 of the better Bid 10 teams—Penn State & Iowa….they could conceivably go to the Rose Bowl with 7-1 conference record while Ohio St, PSU & Iowa knock each othe roff and lose 2 conf games each. This is why 12 teams or more conferences are necessary along with conference championship games to have a better chance to get the best 2 teams in the final…..WHEN OU,OSU,TA&M & UT eventually join the SEC you will have a conference that BOTH divisions within the conference are better than any other conferences in the country by far……
    SEC West 8
    Oklahoma, Texas, LSU, Arkansas, Oklahoma St, Texas A&M, Ole Miss & Miss St
    SEC East 8
    Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennesse,
    South Carolina, Kentucky & Vandy
    Look at the made for TV matchups plus the conference championships….a college football fans dream……

  11. blitz4848 says: Jul 5, 2010 1:46 PM

    Another important reason the Big 10 desperately needs to get a championship game….the ridiculous acheduling where each yr you only play 8 of the other 10 teams and no conference ch game…what a joke…a great example this yr would be Purdue who doesn’t play 2 of the better Bid 10 teams—Penn State & Iowa….they could conceivably go to the Rose Bowl with 7-1 conference record while Ohio St, PSU & Iowa knock each othe roff and lose 2 conf games each. This is why 12 teams or more conferences are necessary along with conference championship games to have a better chance to get the best 2 teams in the final…..WHEN OU,OSU,TA&M & UT eventually join the SEC you will have a conference that BOTH divisions within the conference are better than any other conferences in the country by far……
    SEC West 8
    Oklahoma, Texas, LSU, Arkansas, Oklahoma St, Texas A&M, Ole Miss & Miss St
    SEC East 8
    Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennesse,
    South Carolina, Kentucky & Vandy
    Look at the made for TV matchups plus the conference championships….a college football fans dream……

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