As governor of the state of Texas, Greg Abbott had a very vested interest in the Big 12’s next move when it came to its membership numbers moving forward. And, like a lot of people, Abbott was left with a bitter taste in his mouth.
Houston was one of a handful of teams under consideration by the Big 12 as the conference flirted with expansion for the past several months. Abbott has long been a proponent of UH to the Big 12, tweeting back in July that “expansion is a non-starter unless it includes University of Houston.”
Three months later, expansion, period, was a non-starter as the conference opted to stick with its current 10 members, going so far as to not even voting on whether or not to add specific schools even after those universities very publicly made pitches for inclusion.
How the process played out was the (rightly) subject of derision and criticism by those in the media. It was an embarrassment and black eye for an already battered league, something that Abbott, a University of Texas graduate, was quick to jump on.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 18, 2016
Here’s to guessing that, once the Big 12’s grant of rights is up in less than a decade, the conference will cease to exist and those like Abbott may fee a sense of relief those they supported were snubbed in this go ’round.