Chip Brown article discussing how surprised the Big 12 was upon hearing yesterday's ND/ACC announcement at http://texas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID ... &PT=4&PR=2
If this article is actually reflecting the Big 12 and not just the views of the University Texas, then the Big 12 wants 12 teams and a championship game.
The Big 12 has been making everyone believe the Big 12 has no interest in 12 schools and championship game and this article implies just the opposite. Making statements like we are fine with round robin is just like saying we are OK till we find the right two schools to get back to the actual Big 12.
Of course everyone will always make the statement you have to have the right schools to expand.
Were the University of Colorado and especially the University of Utah the true targets of the Pac 12? I know for sure the Pac 12 just settled on one of these schools to allow for a championship game.
Maybe it’s time for the Big 12 to settle and follow the Pac 12 and pick two good teams available and be done with it.
Other words forget Notre Dame and settle on two teams that allow the conference to form divisions and play a championship game just like the other four power leagues.
I am not totally sold on 12 teams, however, a championship game for football does bring the conference back to modern standards.
The one think I am totally against is 14 members or in the case of the ACC 15 schools. Can we say yuck! Can you imagine only a few years ago when the ACC was an ideal 9 member size for basketball, the league would someday have 15 members. No one would believe it and no one today really wants more than 12 members including the ACC and SEC. Both settled because of other interest.
The ACC needed two additional schools for fear or whatever you want to call it for super conference movements that occurred a couple years back. Notre Dame as a partial members is just another method of settling on something to ensure stability.
The SEC just settled and expanded with the University of Missouri because they needed balance of schedules. Raise your hand if you believe the SEC would have expanded with Missouri if Texas A&M had not fallen into their laps and the SEC was looking at the market size of Texas cities when they jumped at the chance to expand with Texas A&M. Again it is just a form of settling on something by taking both of those schools.
Ok Big 12 you can say you do not want divisions and 12 teams because that is not a true statement based on this article. Maybe it is time to settle. Louisville and Cincinnati are there for the taking and will bridge the gap to WVU. Splitting Oklahoma and Texas into separate divisions is not going to be the end of the world and is just another form of settling. Besides the Red River Rivalry can continue each year as a permanent cross over game.
TCU (keeps Texas requiting grounds for east teams and TCU is new to the Big 12. Texas gets benefit of playing two close in state schools for travel and original Big 12 members)
Louisville (Maybe not Notre Dame however better basketball program for sure)
Cincinnati (Maybe not Florida State however again better basketball program history or if you want to take the academic argument replace with Rutgers which has better academics over Florida State and a much larger TV market)
I bet the owner of Cowboy Stadium is hoping and willing to make it worth the while for the Big 12 to just settle for two teams.