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Big 12 likely to seek NCAA waiver to hold title game

Brittney Griner, Destiny Williams AP

One of the casualties of the departures of Colorado, Missouri and Texas A&M for other conferences was the loss of the Big 12 championship game.  At 10 members following the addition of TCU, the Big 12 falls short of the 12-team-minimum threshold the NCAA requires to conduct a league title game.

If Bob Bowlsby has his way about it, though, his conference will hold a title game sooner rather than later — and do so without raiding another conference to add to its membership roll.

Speaking to the Associated Press Wednesday, the Big 12 commissioner said his conference will likely seek a waiver from the NCAA to conduct a league title game despite having just 10 members.  In order to hold a championship game, NCAA bylaw 17.9.5.2 (c) states that a conference must be “divided into two divisions (of six or more institutions each), each of which conducts round-robin, regular-season competition among the members of that division.”

Bowlsby points to the NCAA’s recent move to pare down its own rulebook as a reason to waive — or outright eliminate — the title-game requirements.

“At a time when lots of deregulation is taking place, it seems a little bit odd that the NCAA would be describing how we determine our champions,” Bowlsby told the AP.

“I think it’s reasonable to say if you’re going to have a champion that you’re going to have to designate it in one fashion or another. But to say it has to be between 12 schools or that there has to be divisional play or there has to be a round-robin, we’re deregulating lots of things and that certainly is a candidate.”

The Big 12 was the second major conference to conduct a championship game, joining the SEC (1992) back in 1996.  Now, it’s the only one of the Big Five — ACC, Big Ten, PAC-12 and SEC — that doesn’t, with the last being played following the 2010 season.

While it appears Bowlsby is speaking on this subject with the approval of a majority the Big 12′s chancellors and presidents, it remains to be seen how the views of one of the most powerful men in the conference have changed.

I don’t want a championship game,” Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said back in September. “I think five years down the road, for those that have a championship game, those coaches are going to say, ‘Why are we doing this? Why do we have an extra game to get to the [four-team playoff]?’”

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24 Responses to “Big 12 likely to seek NCAA waiver to hold title game”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jan 31, 2013 1:46 PM

    If everybody plays everybody then wouldn’t a championship game be redundant?

  2. kozbee says: Jan 31, 2013 1:48 PM

    All about the loss in money.

  3. frug says: Jan 31, 2013 1:49 PM

    Unless the NCAA is willing to completely waive the division requirement then I can’t see other conferences going for this. Of course if they do waive the divisional requirement then I suspect that the other conferences will jump at the chance because it makes scheduling considerably easier.

  4. blitz4848 says: Jan 31, 2013 1:56 PM

    Sounds like the ONLY way Texas will play is if they are the dsfacto home team every yr against the best of the rest in the Big 12.

    Texas trying to “control” this conference is the reason why a lot of the above mentioned teams left the Big 12.

    A&M left laughing and running to the SEC and now is getting themselves in a position to compete on equal footing with UT for the top recruits in Texas.

    DeLoss Dodds & Mack Brown are BOTH dinosaurs and UT is paying the price as their football program has deteriorated over the past few yrs!!!

  5. boomerdt says: Jan 31, 2013 2:01 PM

    Without raiding another conference this is the best option for the Big12 to stay relevant in football. Despite what DeLoss said months ago – every other major conference has a championship game. Since the Big12 stopped having a championship game they have only had 1 team make it to the BCS each year. PAC-12 and ACC have benefited.

    That championship game means a lot, even if just to show a full stadium somewhere else in college football besides SEC country.

    If NCAA says no – I see Big12 telling SEC they are raiding teams in their territory. And say goodbye to the ACC – grab Clemson, FSU for starters…

  6. guinsrule says: Jan 31, 2013 2:37 PM

    Anything that helps to determine the best 4 teams in the upcoming playoff format is a good thing.

  7. whoisedgy says: Jan 31, 2013 3:03 PM

    This is the first step in raiding the ACC. The Big 12 requests the waiver. The NCAA says no. The Big 12 then has to add members “to stay competitive”. They pluck FSU and Clemson because they “have no choice”.

  8. neomodernism says: Jan 31, 2013 3:18 PM

    Why would the NCAA even consider this?

  9. shen90 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:04 PM

    They can seek a waiver all they like, NCAA will never grant it nor should they. There are rules, get head out ass and follow them.

  10. gerryb323 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:16 PM

    The NCAA absolutely should NOT grant a waiver. Just last week there was another article about how the Big 12 was happy to stay numerically challenged at 10 teams because that guarantees more money per team.

    You can’t then grant them a waiver to play a championship game with only the 10 teams and therefore secure even more money for their teams. The B1G and the PAC both had to add (and therefore dilute the per team earnings, if just momentarily) in order to hold their championships.

    You don’t think the PAC would like to subtract Colorado and Utah and STILL be able to hold a championship?

  11. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 31, 2013 4:53 PM

    This just means that OU would hang half a hundred on the Longhorns twice a year.

    They had better put the Championship game on the Longhorn network so nobody has to watch it.

  12. TxGrown says: Jan 31, 2013 4:54 PM

    The only Big12/Texas headline I want to see in CFT is “DeLoss Dodds and Mack Brown Step Down”. Everything else makes me cringe.

  13. drummerhoff says: Jan 31, 2013 5:00 PM

    Does anyone else think that Bowlsby is make this an issue to create a reason for adding schools to the Big12?

    After the NCAA says they will not change the bylaw, the Big12 can poach schools from the ACC under the guise of a need to have a championship game to improve SOS and therefore better ACCESS to the 4 team playoff… it will be portrayed as a matter of survival.

  14. deadeye says: Jan 31, 2013 5:17 PM

    “Does anyone else think that Bowlsby is make this an issue to create a reason for adding schools to the Big12?”

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    Very insightful drummerhoff, very insightful indeed!

  15. jessejames182 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:13 PM

    You misspelled the big 12 directors name, it’s DELOSS DODDS.

  16. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 31, 2013 7:27 PM

    FSU has already told the Big 12 no. FSU Administrators and Faculty siad that the Big 12 does not fit there criteria for ACADEMICS.

    Clemson and either other ACC school move to the Big 12 at their peril. Why? because if you go to the Big 12, you give the conference your TV rights. You want to leave, Big 12 says fine, your TV rights stay with us.

    As long as ND is affiliated with the ACC, the ACC is fine.

    Just think about this for a moment. (Substitute Deloss Dodds for the name Big 12 and you’ll see the merit for the thought process, because Deloss controls the Big 12.)

    1. The Big 12 has a tie in with the SEC to create a “Rose Bowl” type game between the Big 12 and the SEC.

    2, The Big 12 looks to have a cross scheduling tie in with the ACC for access to the Florida region.

    3. The Big 12 looks to apply for a waiver for a conference championship game in football.

    Who does this directly benefit?

    Bueller? Bueller?

    Anyone?

    Texas. Texas needs more markets to develop the LHN. What better way than to have agreements and bowl tie ins in order to secure the necessary TV markets in order to build your own network.

    The ACC doesn’t Texas. The SEC doesn’t need Texas. Texas is wanting to use both conferences to build it’s own brand at their expense.

    There were reasons why Arkansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Mssouri and finally Texas A&M left the Big 12. Texas. Those schools left in order to control their own destinies and not have Texas manipulate the conference to what always benefited
    Texas first and foremost.

    You want facts? Explain why Texas sought B1G admission mere days after Alabama
    beat them in the National Championship game? When rebuffed by the B1G, why did Texas look west to the PAC-12 taking OU, OSU and Tech with them and the PAC-12 declined to take those teams? The B1G, the PAC-12, so what does Texas do
    next, it tries to gain admission to the ACC and when they’re rebuffed there, they try to solicit FSU and Clemson to join the Big 12.

    FSU was right to NOT to join.

    Texas uses teams to get what it wants. They destroyed the old SWC, they destroyed
    the Big 12 to make it what they want it to be and now that everyone is wise to them conference wise. they want to now use conferences to build the LHN and it will be
    at the expense of the other conferences.

    Stay away from the University of Texas, all they want is money and prestige for Texas and no one else.

  17. thefiesty1 says: Jan 31, 2013 9:22 PM

    Just add two teams and have a championship game again. Tell DeLost Dodds to go to hell.

  18. normtide says: Jan 31, 2013 10:36 PM

    Doesn’t sound like he got clearance from his boss in Austin. The water down theory does not fly when you have ISU, KU, and Baylor. Also, I don’t see FSU or Clemson joining the 12. They have options, and its clear everyone who can us running from Texas’ arrogance. Look at it realistically, the only teams that have not left or tried to leave are teams that are still shocked that they are in a BCS league to start with.

  19. rabbi187 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:40 PM

    Funny how all u butt hurt fans see anything about the Big 12 and just bash The University of Texas. Pathetic.

  20. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 1, 2013 12:08 AM

    Texas University is an easy target. They are the college equivalent of the New England Patriots. They are good, but never willing to just compete on a level playing field.

    As mentioned above, they destroyed the SWC. And then they drove 4 teams out of the Big Dumpster Fire Conference. All because they wanted a disproportionate share of the television revenue generated in the conference.

    Think about that. They want more money than the rest of the teams in their conference, just because they are Texas. Texas once ran off 15 victories in a row against A&M. Not one of those games was ever played on the road. And A&M did actually have a football field at the time.

    I’m glad that my guys packed up their bags and went to the SEC.

    And if you want to call it butthurt that A&M went to the SEC, beat Alabama, won a Heisman, took OU out behind the woodshed (who beat Texas 63-18 I think), then so be it.

    So long to the orange and the white, indeed.

  21. frug says: Feb 1, 2013 12:52 AM

    @goodfieldnohit

    then they drove 4 teams out of the Big Dumpster Fire Conference. All because they wanted a disproportionate share of the television revenue generated in the conference.

    Having grown been born and raised in Tulsa, I am the last guy to ever defend UT, but A&M and Nebraska both voted in supported (including voting in favor of) unequal revenue distribution.

  22. 12strikes says: Feb 1, 2013 12:07 PM

    Waivers… I thought that Notre Dame has the monopoly on that?

  23. TxGrown says: Feb 1, 2013 1:14 PM

    goodfieldnohit says:
    ” Texas once ran off 15 victories in a row against A&M. Not one of those games was ever played on the road. And A&M did actually have a football field at the time.”
    ================================================================
    What are you talking about?

  24. amosalanzostagg says: Feb 1, 2013 1:59 PM

    normtide wrote: Jan 31, 2013 10:36 PM

    Doesn’t sound like he got clearance from his boss in Austin. The water down theory does not fly when you have ISU, KU, and Baylor. Also, I don’t see FSU or Clemson joining the 12. They have options, and its clear everyone who can us running from Texas’ arrogance. Look at it realistically, the only teams that have not left or tried to leave are teams that are still shocked that they are in a BCS league to start with.

    The Big 12 office had the full support of Deloss Dodd’s on this. There never would have been a waiver requested if Dodds didn’t want this. Think Godfather. If the commissioner had acted without
    Deloss’s permission he would have been like
    Luca Brasi, “sleeping with the fishes.”

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