On Sunday a plane load of Texas officials landed in Oklahoma, hoping to save the Big XII Conference. But Los Colinas in Irving, Texas will soon have more open office space to rent. Put a fork in my old neighbor (when I worked for ICE now known as HSI). The Big Twelve is down to seven and dead as Ana Nicole Smith. Blame Howard K. Stern if you like. I blame the greedy University of Texas.
OU’s board of regents had instructed school President David L. Boren to prepare a document to formally apply for admission to the Pac-12 before the UT officials arrived. ”There’s nothing Texas could have offered Oklahoma that would have changed their mind. They were set on leaving the Big 12 before Texas got there,” a well-placed source at a Big 12 school told the Austin American-Statesman, adding that Sunday’s meeting had a very friendly and cooperative tone. “The Big 12’s done. Oklahoma wasn’t open to creating Big 12 stability.”
Oklahoma will be joined in the exodus by Oklahoma State to become the Pac-12’s 13th and 14th institutions.
Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive said on Monday that he remains “optimistic” that the Aggies would join his league by next summer. That leaves 7 in the Big 12.
Texas is going left with three options. With the implosion of the Big 12, Texas has to decide between pushing for membership in the Pac-12 or Atlantic Coast Conference or turning independent. As I’ve written before, Texas has less than a zero chance of succeeding as an Independent. But I’d love to see UT try and fail. UT has disappointed the great state of Texas due to their greed and unholy alliance with the evil ESPN empire.
But Texas is more greedy than stupid. So it boils down to joining a basketball conference where Texas could win the BCS automatic football Bowl bid just about every year. Or Texas could maintain some self respect by going to a quality, competitive football conference, the PAC-12, soon to be the PAC-16, the NCAA’s first Super Conference.
If Texas does the “right” thing and goes west they will be in the Eastern Division of the Pac-16 joining Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah and most likely Texas Tech. If UT goes to the ACC, they’re dead to me. I’ll burn all my burnt orange and gear up in crimson and cream on Saturdays. OU not UT is the first college team full of Texans to be voted #1, 100 times, in the AP coaches poll.
Man up, tea sips. Repent and be saved! UT has disgraced their institution and the state. Now is your chance to win back the vast majority of Texans, who aren’t part of the orange blood alum nation. The Texas vs A&M million year old rilvary is dead due to your arrogance and greed. Do the right thing for a change. Maintain the Texas-OU Red River Classic and win some respect.