You know that ocean front property I was talking about buying in Laguna the other day? Looks like I need to set my sights a little closer to home. As of yesterday, my PAC-12 California Dreamin’ will stay a Big XII Waco nightmare. Not that I am really all that upset about it. This is also a complete deja-vu of last year. PAC-12 bound, Big XII collapse? Not so fast my friend.
PAC-12 commish, Larry Scott announced last night after a meeting of school Presidents, that the PAC-12 has decided NOT to expand.
Release from PAC-12:
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.– In light of the widespread speculation about potential scenarios for Conference re-alignment, the Pac-12 Presidents and Chancellors have affirmed their decision to remain a 12-team conference. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, “after careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference. While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve. With new landmark TV agreements and plans to launch our innovative television networks, we are going to focus solely on these great assets, our strong heritage and the bright future in front of us.” - Pac-12 -
Let me break this down for you.
While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve – Word that sticks out? EQUALITY. The PAC-12 has equal revenue sharing, the Big XII does not. Texas receives the most amount of money in the Big XII.
With new landmark TV agreements and plans to launch our innovative television networks, we are going to focus solely on these great assets, our strong heritage and the bright future in front of us. – Landmark TV deals. Texas was told that in order to be accepted into the PAC-12, they would have to change several aspects of the LHN. Texas was willing to make some changes, but not enough to make it attractive the the West Coasters.
Another one of the issues that was brought up was the applying schools academics. Which I understand from the likes of UCLA, Stanford and Cal. Most people would kill for a chance at an education from one of those universities. But after seeing a couple PAC-12 aficionados (homers) say that adding Oklahoma would have ‘drastically altered the ratio to a concerning level’, I looked into it. Yes, Texas was the only AAU school in the bunch, but Oklahoma was right in the middle of the pack when it comes to comparing them to universities that are already members.
Part of the University of Oklahoma Campus
Oklahoma State and Texas Tech’s academics were rather alarming, but to bundle Oklahoma up in that same category is a little absurd. Some people; not all, in the PAC-12 truly believe that they are a superior bunch to the rest of the Country. When in reality, most people East of the Rockies could care less about it.
Enough about academics though. What does this mean for Oklahoma and Texas? As of right now, Oklahoma still has a couple of options. The Sooners can stay in the Big XII and cross their fingers that stability issues are fixed. With the impending collapse of the Big East, this is very likely. The rumor is still out there the SEC has been sniffing around the Sooners. Texas and their Longhorn Network are claiming that they would like the continued Big XII stability, but I think this opens the door even further for them to become Independent.
Rumor also has it this morning, that sources are saying former Big 8 commish, Chuck Neinas is being looked at to replace current Big XII commish Dan Beebe. This would be a major step in stability path. So here we are again: the Big XII will live to see the light of day for another couple years (at the time of hitting publish on this article it will).
Is it gameday yet?