Originally Posted by Braincase
Don't confuse opinions with facts. The facts: 4 schools have left. 2 schools have committed to play in the conference next season. Although West Virginia and TCU may not have the history of Nebraska, based on the current status of their respective football programs, they are more than adequate. West Virginia is a very good basketball school, and TCU is probably on the same level of Nebraska or Colorado in basketball.
The Big 12 is probably not done with their membership. Any number of schools are considering moves, and the Big 12 has been mentioned prominently with a number of schools.
I am well aware that a number of fans from Nebraska, Colorado, TAMU and Mizzou not only believe but strongly desire for the Big 12 to fold up like a circus tent.
My opinion? The circus has left town and took their tents with them. The Big 12 is going to be fine...and I know that really pisses off some people.
Wanting the Big XII to fail and thinking it will fail are two very different things. I don't want the Big XII to fail. I think it is bad for the midwest as a region, and bad for college sports. However, given that the survival of the conference is based solely on whether Texas is happy and wants to stay is not something I would want to hang my hat on. Texas is the serial cheater with the wandering eye, you have constantly be careful not to trust them too much.
As long as Texas (some would say OU too, but since OU will do whatever Texas does, it really is up to Texas) decides to continue to stay in the Big XII, the Big XII will be fine. If I were the other members of the Big XII, I would be constantly looking for ways to increase the penalties of leaving the conference....the tougher it is for Texas to leave, the more likely they are to stay, unless the money gained by leaving reaches epic proportions, which one could argue that that is nearly on hand.
So I hope the rumors of the new ESPN deal for the Big XII are true...for two very distinct reasons:
1. It does provide security for the Big XII, which is good for our region of the country, college sports in general, and for Kansas City.
2. It is certain to help drive up the price of the new SEC deal that will be coming, and that certainly will benefit Mizzou.