First things first, ESPN is reporting that the Big 12 is making a last ditch effort to prove to Texas that it can co-exist in a 10 team conference. Isn’t that quaint? A Conference with just 10 teams, imagine that, you’d almost be able to have each team play each other EVERY year, quite a concept. Anyway Dan Beebe, the Big 12 commisioner is making the pitch that with the loss of Colorado and Nebraska, each remaing team will be able to go after a bigger piece of the pie that is left. Time will only tell and as we mentioned before that time will probably come in the first half of next week (Tuesday most likely).
Meanwhile Kansas, K-State, Missouri, Baylor, and Iowa State all got together on Saturday to say that they would be committed to staying in the Big 12 (which will hopefully get a new name at least). This goes down as a classic, “Well Duh!!” where else are those schools going to go? Anyway for us, the hope is status quo, so if Texas is convinced to stay where it’s at, this whole expansion thing could be stopped (for the time being anyway) with just these few minor moves. That may be a little optimistic, but it could happen…for now.
Moving on to the SEC. It is no secret that the SEC wants to perhaps get it’s hand on Texas A&M, but what about Expansion to the East? ESPN is reporting that an SEC source is saying no way would the SEC raid the ACC. Is it true? I don’t know and am not going to speculate in this current climate, but if it is, that is good news. I hope the days of the 12 team conference are not over, but if they are, I hope the ACC keeps the 12 teams it has now, and adds only schools that fit, and doesn’t start grabbing schools for the sake of numbers.
Who knows what is going on, but for guys like me who want to keep the ACC as is, this is slightly encouraging, but then again, who knows what to believe anymore.