With the PAC-12 releasing a statement saying that they have decided not to expand at this time, what happens next? Does the Big XII just move on, live with it and hope things get better? Oklahoma started making demands yesterday about changes they would like to see if they are to stay in the Big XII. With the Sooners losing their opportunity for the PAC-12, has Oklahoma lost all of it's leverage against Texas? Do they just have to bend over and take it from the Longhorns now?
Things can change in the Texas Conference. They can get better. Stability can be achieved. It's very simple really. Remake the the Texas Conference and call it the "Big XII Conference."
Vote Texas out.
Texas seems to be holding all the cards, but the Longhorn Network is like holding the King of Hearts in a game of Hearts". It's likely going to win you a trick, but if you want to shoot the moon, it will burn you if you don't also hold the Ace of Hearts. What if the remaining Big XII teams kicked Texas out? That would leave:
TV execs wouldn't like to see the Longhorns go. There would likely be less $$$ for the Big XII because of this move. From an academic standpoint, universities like to be associated with UT. Recruiting might also take a hit. But stability could be achieved. Revenue sharing could be equal. The conference could create their own conference network. It would be easier to invite other schools to join the league if the cancer was gone. And most importantly, it's really the only leverage move the remaining Big XII schools have left over Texas.
"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," Scott said in the statement. "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."