Originally Posted by duncan_idaho
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.
I dunno. KU was in "discussions" to join the BIG 10 as far back as 93. Sometimes things you hear as discussions are just that. I can "discuss" going to the moon, doesn't mean its going to happen.
Fact remains that big time collegiate powers like UT and OU don't go play in far away conferences. People come to them. They've both been asked to join the S.E.C. In the past as well. I don't see why you guys don't get this.
Maybe its just your loathing for KU and the desire to see them waving in the wind that is getting in the way of seeing how these things really happen.