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06-22-2013, 10:57 PM
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Iíve said from the beginning that it was going to be either the Big 12 or ACC that survives and everything I hear from the Big Ten and SEC makes me very afraid for the long-term future of the Big 12.
Texas and Oklahoma are valuable commodities. Kansas is too and their academics fit right into the Big Tenís academic model. Right now its Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri that top the Big Tenís wish list. They could take any two of those schools or even all four.
If that happens then Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Kansas State are likely to move over to the SEC if the ACC is secured by a profitable conference network (which I doubt).
ometimes, Iím asked to sit on information to let it percolate. A few months ago I learned that the Big Ten was in heated talks with Missouri and the SEC had contacted WVU about replacing the Tigers in the SEC. I sat on that information partly because I was asked to wait and partly because Iíve learned my lesson.
WVU and the Big 12 have a travel problem. It seems that Texas and a few other schools way out west didnít like traveling to Morgantown as much as WVU hated those long trips to Texas. An informal deal was worked out between the SEC and Big 12 where WVU would have been allowed to leave if Missouri left the SEC for the Big Ten and BYU agreed to replace WVU and play some games on Sundays (mostly basketball and non-revenue sports). BYU will never agree to play on Sundays and the deal feel through Ė actually it was never close. Missouri isnít the Big Tenís only option and they want the best bang for their network and in that regard Texas trumps Missouri every time.
What Iím certain is that the Big Ten is talking to Missouri and a few Big 12 schools>>>>
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