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SEC will ‘keep an open mind’ on Big 12 partenership

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The Big 12 and SEC have already come together on a postseason game that they hope will become their version of the Rose Bowl.  Now, the two conferences could be looking to deepen the relationship between the leagues.

While talks thus far have been exploratory at best, an SEC official confirmed to the Birmingham News that they would be open to continuing discussions on an extended partnership with the Big 12.  Per the News, that would include regular-season football and basketball scheduling as well as, the paper writes, “marketing and possibly even television partnerships.”

“That’s a situation we would keep an open mind on, but we haven’t had a lot of significant discussions at this point,” Womack said. “There’s a lot of different ways that could work. At this point, we’re continuing to move forward with scheduling the conference as we’ve planned.”

In an interview with the Austin-American Statesman late last week, commissioner Bob Bowlsby acknowledged that the Big 12 is looking into an alliance with the ACC as well as two other unspecified conferences.  The SEC is now confirmed to be one of the other two, while it’s widely believed the Pac-12 would be the other Bowlsby declined to name.

The conventional wisdom is that a partnership such as the 10-team Big 12 is discussing could help head off another round of conference expansion, although all it would take is for one league — specifically, the Big Ten — to add members to make any alliance talk moot.

In late December of 2011, the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced a scheduling agreement between the two conferences that was slated to begin in 2017.  The goal of the agreement was for each of the 12 members of the Pac-12 to face a member of the 12-school Big Ten in football, strengthening the nonconference schedules of both leagues.  In July of last year, and thanks in large part to the Pac-12’s nine-game conference schedule, the agreement was called off.

Four months later, the Big Ten announced the additions of Maryland and Rutgers, boosting the conference’s membership to the same 14-team level as the SEC and ACC — after the latter raided the Big East for Louisville, of course.

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12 Responses to “SEC will ‘keep an open mind’ on Big 12 partenership”
  1. deadeye says: Jan 30, 2013 7:50 PM

    Don’t be surprised if the SEC tells the BIG12 that they would love a scheduling alliance, but only if the BIG12 expands to the same number as the SEC.

    Slive would love nothing more than to see the BIG12 get FSU, Miami, GT, and Clemson. That would keep the BIG10 out of the south, and it would alow the scheduling alliance to mostly be with in-state rivals across conferences (GT/UGA, FSU/UF, and Clemson/USC).

  2. WingT says: Jan 30, 2013 8:18 PM

    I would love to see this happen and especially if both conferences would only play SEC/Big12 teams. There would be a considerable number of quality match ups each week which would be great for TV revenues which means more dollars for the conferences. The competition would increase and in my opinion that would cause better / stronger / superior teams to the other conferences.

    This would be HUGE for the Big12 and SEC

  3. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 30, 2013 8:53 PM

    Florida State already told the Big 12 no. As long as Notre Dame is in the ACC mix, the Big 12 has very limited options for expansion. The Big 12 has very little to offer in regards to the ACC, SEC, B1G or the PAC 12. TV market? No problem, B1G and SEC already have massive footprints in Texas Recruits? Schools are already here, A little over 800 Division I football recruits already available for scholarships when there are a finite amount of slots open at Division I schools, Done.

    The SEC could very easily do the same thing with the ACC with the aforementioned matchups and block the Big 12. From what you could read into this press release is that the SEC could re-evaluate their relationship with the Big 12 and do what is their best interest. Come on, you really think a Clemson/Iowa State game would draw any type of TV number? Baylor/GT? FSU/Texas Tech?

    No, the only teams that would be a draw would be OU or Texas and neither school would want to schedule ACC powers in addition to conference games. No, you would see Wake Forest / Texas or NC State/OU,

    This smacks of Deloss Dodds trying to build the LHN with cable and satellite contracts in the South at the expense of the ACC and try to stick it to the SEC..

  4. saints97 says: Jan 30, 2013 8:55 PM

    So the Big 12 is going to volunteer to be the SEC’s toilet paper? I’m guessing Deloss Dodds is still running that conference, and he has never been one to go boldly into a tough challenge. I doubt the SEC is going to let them put the games on their network, either. Deloss will find a way to kill this deal and pin the blame on someone else.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jan 30, 2013 9:35 PM

    The Big 12 teams would rather play the likes of New Mexico, Rice, Tx State, North Texas, LA-Laffette, etc for non con games than paired with the SEC teams otherwise they’d all be 7-5 every year.

  6. gorilladunk says: Jan 31, 2013 9:24 AM

    @fiesty….your comments may apply to SOME Big 12 teams, but certainly not all. Also, the SEC teams, as a conference, don’t exactly line up a murderer’s row of non-conference teams on their schedules each year.

  7. kattykathy says: Jan 31, 2013 11:36 AM

    thefiesty1 says: Jan 30, 2013 9:35 PM

    The Big 12 teams would rather play the likes of New Mexico, Rice, Tx State, North Texas, LA-Laffette, etc for non con games than paired with the SEC teams otherwise they’d all be 7-5 every year.


    Johnny football 29
    Bama 24

    Former Big 12 team goes 6-2 in the mighty(overrated SEC) and was the best team at the end of the year

    Half the SEC is mediocre to terrible

  8. bigdawg24 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:50 PM

    Force KU to play Mizzou again and quit running and hiding like the little babies they are.

  9. saints97 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:54 PM

    Kattykathy, you seem to want to ignore the other Big 12 team that moved to the SEC. And you also fail to mention that A&M, the 5th or 6th place team in the SEC, mud-stomped the Big 12 co-champs in the Cotton Bowl. Overrated my rear end.

  10. jacornell says: Jan 31, 2013 3:01 PM

    A&M before Johnny = dogshit. Now respectable with two SEC losses in year 1. Sec is better with TAMU and TAMU is better with SEC. Johnny’s Heisman was won in Tuscaloosa, not Lubbock

  11. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 31, 2013 6:49 PM

    kattykathy or ehone, who ever you are today.

    The Big 12 is nothing more than a slightly larger Big 8. A regional conference at best, the Big 12 has degenerated into a boutique conference with two dominant teams like the Big 8,( just substitute Texas for the Nebraska role) which is exactly what Deloss Dodds wants. Texas abhors competition and wants everything to be controlled by Texas. Just ask Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, A&M, or Colorado if they miss the machinations by Texas. The answer will be no!

    To show just how far the Big 12 has dropped in actual prestige, the conference is applying for a wavier for a 1o team league to have a conference championship game. This waiver has Deloss’s fingerprints all over it. Pathetic.

  12. rhollinshed1914 says: Feb 15, 2013 3:09 PM

    I am so sick of atm fans. You FINALLY have a decent season and you are all of that?!@# No you are not. You couldn’t beat a Big12 team when you were in the Big 12 now you think you are all sec. You’ve had ONE decent year. It was not even great. Get a life. And you better hope Johnny Fluke……can do it again. I bet he can’t.
    sec is way over rated. One good team at the top. The rest are middle of the pack at best.

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