The end of the Big 12 as we know it: Colorado leaves the Big 12 for the PAC-10

Posted: 06/10/2010 in NCAA Football
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I am still somewhat amazed at what happened yesterday with the Big-12 as we know it coming to an end. As most of you guys know by now, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have officially left the Big-12, and there is a proposed deal in place for six other schools from the Big-12 to join the PAC-10. With me being a native Texan and a former athlete who once played in the Big-12 the year it was established and three years thereafter. Watching this conference which is known as the second best conference in all of college sports behind the SEC become extinct is sad and upsetting. I had many people on twitter yesterday ask me as to how something like this could happened to a super power conference like the Big-12. My short answer to them at the time of my anger was simply money. What I really wanted to say and explain is it’s a combination of money and overall greed by the University of Texas, and that the Big-12 conference is possibly one of the worst made conferences in the country because of what happened when it was formed.

I lived in Texas all of my life except for the three years that I was in Boston playing for the Red Sox and currently now that have I moved here to Denver back in November. One thing that I do know and fully understand is the power that the University of Texas has on the Big-12 committee and the state. What some people around the country may not know about the Big-12 is that from the day that the Big-12 was formed. It was formed with lots of people not seeing eye to eye on many things, but people were willing to set aside their differences for the greater good of the Big-12. The University of Texas and all of the other schools in the state of Texas have always controlled the Big-12. One of the biggest arguments when the conference was formed was who and from what Texas schools was the Big-12’s board going to be made up of, and where was the Big-12 headquarters going to be located. All of the Texas schools demanded that each school had someone on the board from their school, and that the Big-12 office be located in Texas. The University of Texas led the crusade for these demands to be met as well as personal demands of their own. In reality, the Big-12 has always pretty much been the Texas football conference with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Nebraska just there to make the conference bigger so that more money could be made from a conference championship game like the SEC.

My alma mater’s rival who is the University of Texas has always been the cash cow, big dog of the Big-12, and what Texas wants, typically Texas gets. The Longhorns have been known to not be willing to share revenue earnings amongst the other teams in the conference. If you factor in the Longhorn’s greed and the horrendous television contract that the Big-12 negotiated six years ago. Each team isn’t really profiting from being in the Big 12 at all. You can see why teams like Nebraska and Missouri were entertaining the idea of leaving the Big-12 which happened yesterday with Nebraska accepting the invitation to join the Big Ten. Ironically the University of Texas stated last week that if Nebraska left then they would also. Fast forward to yesterday’s announcement of Nebraska leaving for the Big Ten, the rumors of Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado joining the PAC-10 came to a head. Will this actually happen? I think it will due to many reasons that will take me all day to explain. One of the biggest reasons that I see this happening is because the other schools are going to want to remain in a BSC conference which means the ability to make money from endorsements and BCS title games.

As I am writing this article, (June 10, 2010 at 11:06 am) I just received a text from a friend at Fox Sports that Colorado has accepted an invitation to join the PAC-10. The PAC-10 commissioner says that “the conference is poised for tremendous growth.” I am sure the other five schools that have been rumored to go to the PAC-10 will now follow suit. The question of if Baylor was going to the PAC-10 instead of Colorado along with the other five schools that have been rumored to go is no longer a question with Colorado joining the PAC-10. It’s sad and upsetting to see the Big-12 no longer exist due to greed and big egos, but that’s life and even more so in college sports these days. If Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State end up joining the PAC-10. It will make the PAC-10 or the newly formed PAC-16 a great conference to watch college athletic sports in for years to come, and a super conference like none other.

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