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Beebe: ‘Case for Big 12 as strong today as it was last year’

Big 12 Media Days Football AP

No, seriously.  he did.

In response to the news today that the presidents at Oklahoma and Texas have been authorized to pursue all conference options, the Big 12 has released a statement attributed to commissioner Dan Beebe addressing this latest development.  And I say “attributed to” because I find it hard to believe that any individual with their head buried this far in the sand would still be able to maintain the ability to type a statement, especially one that contains this many words.

“The actions taken today by the governing boards of the universities of Oklahoma and Texas was anticipated. It is my opinion that the case for the Big 12 Conference continues to be as strong today for all of our current members as it was last year, especially considering the welfare of those to whom we owe the greatest responsibility-the student-athletes. We continue to apply all effort and resources toward assuring our members that maintaining the Big 12 is in the best interest for their institutions.”

The case for the Big 12 Conference continues to be as strong today for all the current members as it was last year?  With Nebraska, Colorado and Texas A&M already out the door, and OU and UT — and by extension Oklahoma State and Texas Tech — following suit?  Really?  Hold on a second…

There, that’s better.

Look, I get that Beebe has to put the best public face on this situation he can, but the spin needs to be a little bit closer to reality to have any chance at making an impact.  Especially when the best face you could put on the situation was that the actions taken by your two most influential members today were anticipated.

If that doesn’t tell you the Big 12 is on its last legs, nothing will.  Well, that and the fact that, this time next month, the Big XII could be whittled down to the Big V.

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14 Responses to “Beebe: ‘Case for Big 12 as strong today as it was last year’”
  1. jaggedmark says: Sep 19, 2011 8:01 PM

    A) The case for the Big 12 was weak as water last year, as well.

    B) Now everyone KNOWS you’re a liar.

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2011 8:08 PM

    We all know Beebe has said some outlandish things in the past, thinking his member schools (and all of us?) were gullible. Here is another Beebeism.

  3. hail2tharedskins says: Sep 19, 2011 8:10 PM

    well in defense of his statement, the Big 12 wasn’t that strong last year. remember it was on the verge of crumbling last year as well with Neb and Col leaving and other schools including Texas considering bolting. so it is entirely possible that the Big 12 is as strong today as it was last year. however, it can also be said the Big 12 is as weak today as it was last year. it all depends on whether you choose to look at it as glass half full or glass half empty.

  4. armchairlawyers says: Sep 19, 2011 8:17 PM

    I was giving him a chance until he said this….especially considering the welfare of those to whom we owe the greatest responsibility-the student-athletes.

    What a pile of crap!

  5. centexhorn says: Sep 19, 2011 8:27 PM

    Gotta love Beebe. The guy is just a riot.


  6. John Taylor says: Sep 19, 2011 8:38 PM

    @centexhorn: Faux Beebe on Twitter is hilarious.

  7. draconian1111 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:43 PM

    Case to fire Beebe STRONGER than ever.
    My Huskers knew when to leave.

    I live in San Antonio – even with that – never been right ever since he bent over to Texas. Who would WANT to stay knowing they will be a second class team to Texas?
    Nebraska has a national following as well – and so do others.
    This conference was lost when he bent over to Texas.

  8. 78lion says: Sep 19, 2011 9:00 PM

    Didn’t bother to read the article. The title is 100% correct. It was on it’s deathbed then too.

  9. draconian1111 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:08 PM

    Tragic really – a heck of a conference – and face it – it’s done.
    Don’t blame Colorado and Nebraska for the failure – the were just the least tolerant of the programs – now you see that others are tired of the crap and just waited a little longer.
    You cannot show preferential treatment to ANY school in a conference and expect other programs to take it – the programs that are pissed are NATIONAL programs – not little sisters. Look at the history of the programs that are leaving or have already left – STRONG programs.
    Nebraska – gone
    Colorado – gone – maybe not strong today – but they have history.
    Oklahoma – what needs be said?
    OSU – strong program
    Now…Texas – who can kiss by butt even though I live in San Antonio – wants to leave – and they started the WHOLE problem because they wanted to be treated like they were special.

    If Beebe were FIRED when he showed that he wanted to treat ANY team better than ANY other – NONE of this would have happened.

    A conference – ALL teams are EQUAL.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:09 PM

    That’s the best laugh I’ve had all week. This guy is so stupid. I can’t believe he’s held the Big 12 together since they almost broke apart last year. I wonder how he will do standing in an unemployment line.

  11. draconian1111 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:44 PM

    Just wondering if Beebe signed his contract in crayons…
    How could..a person do a WORSE job?

  12. overratedgators says: Sep 19, 2011 10:09 PM

    Beebe sounding a lot like Saddam’s Information Minister during the 2003 invasion. “US tanks in Baghdad? Don’t be ridiculous! We see no US presence in Baghdad!”

  13. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2011 10:17 PM

    overratedgators: ha! Now that is good! We would watch as Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf used hyperbole, and outright lying to extole the virtues of Saddam, the Baath party, and the “invincible” Iraqi army. Your parallel is perfect!

  14. draconian1111 says: Sep 20, 2011 12:00 AM

    I’m all for hiring the mentally challenged – but, why…put the person in charge of a football conference?

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