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Neinas: Big 12 AD’s ‘reaffirm commitment to 10 members’

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Until they aren’t committed to that number, of course.

A lot of eyes in the world of college football, including many in the northwestern part of Florida, have been trained on the Big 12’s annual meetings this week, hoping to catch some sort of signal that conference is interested in expanding beyond its current 10-team membership.

Thus far, that hasn’t been the case.  And, apparently, that’ll continue to be the case for the foreseeable future.

Speaking to the media following a series of meetings Wednesday, interim commissioner Chuck Neinas confirmed to the assembled sports-writing hoard that the athletic directors in his conference “reaffirmed their commitment to 10 members.”  The outgoing commish, who will be officially replaced next month by Bob Bowlsby, compared the Big 12’s current situation and the desire to remain at 10, given the instability it’s faced over the past couple of years, to that of building a home.

“You have to build the family unit… one thing you always do when you’re building a house is make sure you have a firm foundation,” Neinas was quoted as saying.

Of course, there’s no word on how the athletic directors’ bosses feel about expanding the house.  Just as obviously, the ADs and/or presidents could “change” their collective minds at any point between now and (pick a date) and make all of this public affirmation a moot point.

At least for now, however, the Big 12 has done a significant tapping of the brakes when it comes to expansion, likely to the chagrin of a couple of board members at current ACC schools.

Check back next month, though.  That expansion stance on the part of the Big 12 could very well change, as it did in the past couple of years for the Big Tenand SEC… and…

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5 Responses to “Neinas: Big 12 AD’s ‘reaffirm commitment to 10 members’”
  1. overratedgators says: May 30, 2012 8:03 PM

    In other words: “Texas still said no.”

  2. pastabelly says: May 30, 2012 9:09 PM

    Clemson and FSU can form their own conference.

  3. Deb says: May 30, 2012 11:20 PM

    Have they chosen a new name, or are they also reaffirming their commitment to calling their 10-member alliance the “Big 12”?

  4. deadeye says: May 31, 2012 6:02 AM

    This is not a shock, it’s simply more politically correct mumbo-jumbo to quell possible lawsuits. Chuck Neinas has no desire to have the stigma of the ACC demise on his reputation for the sake of his post-BIG12 career. Expect things to heat up officially when Bob Bowlsby takes over. He’s in it for the long haul and doesn’t care what anyone outside the BIG12 thinks of him.

    FSU, Clemson, and GT fans, just wait until July.

  5. coolhorn says: May 31, 2012 1:02 PM

    Once again, what Neinas said is what a conference says when they don’t want to mess with nuisance lawsuits concerning expansion. No conference, or school for that matter, is going to conduct their business in the light of day where realignment is concerned. The important stuff is going on behind closed doors. Until then, the Big XII is happy to stay at ten teams…until they’re not. Expect the company line to change in the next month or so.

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