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Mizzou holds the key to Big 12’s future?

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In acknowledging that it appears to him that Texas A&M was likely leaving the Big 12, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds told the Austin American-Statesman Friday that nine members would be a solid option for the conference, although 10 would be optimum.

What Dodds didn’t address was a scenario in which A&M and another current Big 12 member left, leaving the conference with just eight schools.  Based on one report, such a turn of events could very well be the death knell (wait, haven’t we heard that dirge before?) for the Big 12.  Again.

According to the Daily Oklahoman, and citing Oklahoma University sources, if Missouri were to leave for the SEC as has been rumored, any optimism that the Big 12 could survive the departure of A&M would be gone if Mizzou left as well.  The good news for those inclined to maintain at least a semi-viable Big 12 is that Mizzou earlier today vehemently denied that they are currently involved in any discussions with any other conference about leaving their current league.

“No, no, no,” Mizzou athletic director Mike Alden said when asked if there was any veracity to an ESPN report that had his school headed to the SEC. “There’s nothing [to the report]. … We haven’t been in discussions with anybody.”

Again, you should take these public denials for what they’re worth, which is next to nothing.  But, it appears that, at least for now, Mizzou is committed to the Big 12.

And, if they’re ultimately not and they jump ship to the SEC?  The Oklahoman writes that, if the Big 12 were to splinter, an “OU official said he assumes that OU would move to the Pac 12 Conference, probably to be joined by Oklahoma State and Kansas among others.”

Of course, before the Sooners head out west with others in tow, the first domino — that being the A&M-to-the-SEC talk coming to fruition — has to fall.  How many more would tumble after that remains very much in doubt.  And, if this report is accurate, could very well come down to a school that was publicly embarrassed in their pursuit of a spot in the Big Ten just a year ago.

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11 Responses to “Mizzou holds the key to Big 12’s future?”
  1. bender4700 says: Aug 13, 2011 5:46 PM

    Among others?

    I do like the fact OU is including Kansas.

    OU, OSU, Kansas, and K-State would be great for the Pac-12.

    SEC goes 16, Pac-12 goes 16, and the Big Ten goes 16. All signs point to that.

  2. idolized1 says: Aug 13, 2011 6:35 PM

    None of this is good for the game. I like college ball because it seems so pure. Now it is blatantly just about money, and not tradition. No one even tries to hide that anymore…

  3. Deb says: Aug 13, 2011 6:44 PM

    I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming onto the Aggies to the SEC train by Bama coaches, but agree with idolized1 … don’t like it … not a bit.

  4. painterdude says: Aug 13, 2011 6:47 PM

    Yeah no way OU goes to the SEC. They would be to scared to face the SEC competition every year especially after all these years in the soft Big 12. Where Texas is the only other good team. For years it’s pretty much been who ever wins the game between them decides who wins the Big 12. With a few exceptions. I believe OU and Texas does whatever they can to stay Big 12 because they know on from a competition stand point they have it made.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Aug 13, 2011 7:24 PM

    DeLoser Dodds is a duffus. He only cares about the money. Texas has it, and nobody else matters.

  6. rashardmendenballs says: Aug 13, 2011 7:33 PM

    How’s that tv deal working out for you LongHorns!?!?!

    Way to destroy the Big 12; No comment from OU and OSU on the Aggie reports…they will be off to the PAC10.

  7. tmb333 says: Aug 13, 2011 7:54 PM

    This is Texas trying to manipulate A&M. They know Missouri stays put if A&M stays put. If A&M moves, all bets are off.

    Fnck Texas. I hope the B12 implodes in their face and their new conference is TT, BAY, HOU, SMU, IowaSU, NEW MEX, AIR FORCE and North Texas St. Go sell that conference to ESPN.

  8. critter69 says: Aug 13, 2011 9:10 PM

    The University of Tex-Ass has been trying to become a member of the Big 10 for decades now. There are several reasons why they are not, and among them are:

    – Tex-Ass is not contiguous to any state now a member of the Big 10. Two additional schools (representing two additional states) would have to join the Big 10 to get to a continguousness with Tex-Ass (either Mizzou then Arkansas, or Mizzou and then either OU or OSU, or either KU or KSU, then OU or OSU);

    – Tex-Ass wants its way or the highway, but the Big 10 is based on consensus. It takes a greater than majority vote in the Big 10, and ‘problem schools’ (which Tex-Ass would assuredly be) could be easily isolated;

    – Tex-Ass wants a guaranteed amount of money/year, but the Big 10 splits ALL conference money equally among ALL members. Some years it’s a small amount, some years it’s a larger amount. But it is ALWAYS split equally;

    – The Big 10 is about academics first (in fact, many schools are not even considered because they are weak academically), then about MANY sports, not just football (or football and baseball). Why is NorthWestern still a member of the Big 10? It is very strong academically, and is strong in several sports not called football and/or basketball.

  9. cp4ab0lishm3nt says: Aug 14, 2011 6:24 AM

    I do agree with one of you up there…. Texas really want to join the Big 10. Not that Texas is geographically too far down but Texas is really in the framework of a Big 10 school. It’s basically a huge school with a humongous student body and Texas is one of academically sound schools with a lot of research. Remember, before the formation of Big 12, it was the Big South and A&M, Nebraska Oklahoma, OSU, SMU and Houston were the renowned schools until both SMU and Houston folded into disciplinary infractions. When I was university then, the Longhorns were not really prominent in football back then. If Texas does spring to the Big 10, Notre Dame will too!

  10. zzboomer says: Aug 14, 2011 12:34 PM

    Everybody (else) hates #1, that’s life. Newsflash folks, Texas is the #1 sports revenue generating university in the country. Ahead of Ohio State, ahead of Florida, way ahead of Notre Dame. This was before the ESPN deal.

    You can banter and hate all you want, but they could got to ANY conference they want, at any time. Fact.

    You guys saying X or Y conference wouldn’t take them for some reason are simply living in fantasy land. They could be in ANY conference they wanted, any time, period.

    It’s nice being #1.

  11. Deb says: Aug 14, 2011 2:36 PM

    @zzboomer …

    What a weird post from a football fan. Let me hop over to the NFL for a moment. The Green Bay Packers have won more championships overall than any team in NFL history. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won more championships than any team in the Super Bowl era. The Packers are community-owned and among the lower revenue generators in the league. Dan Rooney, majority owner of the Steelers, is the least wealthy owner in the league. As a Steelers diehard, I don’t care how much revenue the team generates as long as it’s enough to remain consistently competitive.

    It’s nice that Texas generates a lot of revenue. But as one of the Alabama faithful, I’m a lot happier knowing we have 13 National Championships. ROLL TIDE!!

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