The Bishin Cutter wrote:
I thought Texas "was forced to compromise" because they got caught having discussions with other conferences and weren't able to cloak their whereabouts effectively and by unsuccessfully negotiating their lofty terms with any suitors.
It's kind of hard to come back to the table and demand your perceived worth when you put yourself out on the market and can't fetch what you think you deserve. That's not to say Texas A&M and Nebraska weren't without fault, but the hubris of self-importance has every bit to do with why things went the way they did.
Texas was never "forced to compromise" Texas had the ESPN deal before they agreed to equal revenue sharing and that paid out more money than if they had moved to any other conference. So their perceived worth was pretty accurate at the time (many would disagree with ESPN's payout now but at the time the market demanded they be paid the most even w/ equal revenue sharing at over $35 mil/yr BTW w/o equal reveneue sharing it would be closer to 50mil).
I've never claimed Texas was completely innocent but when you have 4 of the 7 power members running away screaming how bad Texas is/was its a farce since those same 4 agreed and voted with Texas on every issue related to TV rights/money. Hubris is true, but those 4 ran to other conferences looking out for their self interest abandoning rivalrys (TX/A&M, KU/MU, NU/OU) for their own security while blaming Texas for doing exactly what they did only being more successful at it, claim we want a conference network and equal sharing while voting against those things just a year or two early...it was all for show.
The only conference you can say Texas wanted to go to the orginal version PAC16 w/ Colorado, OU, OkSU, TT, and A&M after it was clear the Big Ten and PAC12 were coming after the Big 12, but A&M basically said we want to either stay put or go to the SEC (thanks to Stalling) so Texas stayed put because there was a lot of political/fan pressure from both Longhorns and Aggies to stay together (the SEC was never an option for UT/OU because beleve it or not both of our schools don't like the recruiting tactics that go on over there).
However A&M was pretty sneaky/disshonest about round 1 (when Nebraska/Colorado left) because clearly their goal was from the getgo was to be in the SEC but they had to basically whine about UT and show their ass (for a lack of a better term) to get their fan base to leave behind our 100 years of history to do so. After basically being in the center of conference realignment for 2-3 years, UTs powers that be and fans were even ready to call it quits and most still think it was the right call (I personally disagree but I see their point). And muskie pretty much nailed Mizzou's situation above so that's not even worth going into.
Look, Texas could go to any conference it wanted and for the most part OU could too (Big Ten might be iffy since they aren't AAU but neither is Nebraska so...) durring round 1 (before NU/CU split), round 2 (A&M/Mizzou split) or round 3 (OU/OSU to PAC14 before the GOR) they had already struck a very lucrative deal with ESPN that all the other conferences basically wanted to void so they could add them to their networks which all but the Big Ten was theoretical at the time. So Texas was supposed to walk away from 15 million a year guaranteed money for a chance at what? The SEC still hasn't annouced its network payout and the PAC12's is still really low. Only the Big Ten could have made Texas drop the network but they only wanted Texas/OU and not TXTech or OkSU (aka the "Tech problem") so it was pretty much a political non starter. So yeah, keeping their deal until something better was in place is the only logical buisness deal, I can't imagine anyone wanting to change jobs and take less money out of the goodness of their heart. But once again it frames Texas it a harsh negative light.
Still at the end of the day Texas looks like the bad guy while being one of the three major powers (UT/OU/KU) in the conference to keep the gang together allowing Iowa St and Baylor to stay in an AQ conference AND make well over twice the amount of money that they had, while promoting TCU/WVU to AQ and giving them over 3-4 times the amount of money that they had. Like I said, the only school I feel for is OU (who agreed to this deal because they didn't want to be demonized like Texas) but they suck so it not that big of an issue with me and that's why I think they had that last push in round 3 to try to move because they realized it was a crap deal for them.
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