Originally Posted by Wickedson
It wouldn't be the same of course not.
If Alabama and Florida left the S.E.C... If Ohio State and Michigan left the Big 10, if USC and UCLA left the PAC12
None of those scenarios would be good for the respective conferences.
Texas is not shipping all their sports teams to Washington and Oregon. Only desperate schools end up traveling their teams to extreme regions. Traditional powers stay where they've always been.
One of these things is not like the other... one of these things just doesn't belong...
When have Alabama and Florida or Ohio State and Michigan EVER publicly and openly flirted with conference change?
Oklahoma would be in the PAC already if they'd take OU without UT.
UT has been in discussion with the Big Ten (before any discussion of Missouri or Nebraska to the B1G ever happened), the PAC and the ACC. The only thing holding them back at this point is the LHN. You better hope it starts breaking even, because if they dump it, good luck keeping 'em around. (Same thing with keeping them around if it becomes a big success).
Your comparison fails because Oklahoma and Texas have engaged in behavior that none of those others have. OU and UT are flight risks. They're the high-rolling drug dealers with offshores account who can get out whenever they want. That's why the Big 12 needed to make their "bail" so excessive.
Alabama, Florida, Michigan, and Ohio State are the pillars of the community who pose no flight risk at all and are released to their own recognizance.