Originally Posted by alnorth
There probably is no other option. Their NBC contract doesn't expire until 2015, and their 2013 and 2014 schedules are all booked up. They'd get their ass sued off for cancelling 16 games on that short of notice.
Besides, if you have it on paper "we will join for football in 2015", and they sign a GOR that takes effect starting in 2015, why wouldn't that be good enough?
I don't see the Big 12 taking ND for "all except football". ND can go fend for themselves if that's how they want it. Obviously they are an enormous brand but I would enjoy life just fine if they weren't in my conference.