The probalem with a magnolia is a lack of football playing privates. If Baylor was kicked out of the Big 12, it becomes not only viable, but perhaps likely. You can see 5 FBS private schools together pretty easily...
but you need 8. That is hard to do with Privates only. The best I can imagine is BYU, Air force and ???? (and that still doesn't expalin why BYU would bail on Utah.) Again baylor in the Big 12 really hurts the other privates.
The scenario that would allow this to happen is the Big 12 booting Baylor and bringing in Utah, who would piss off all the mormons by abandoning BYU. It is POSSIBLE, but not very likely at all. In that scenario, BYU might make a move and would grab the privates. The problem is geography and trravel costs for BYU though. Still BYU's Texas recruiting would be a lot better.
Now adding 4 non-football privates is possible as there are a lot of good candidates if the football can be worked out.
That is a top academic conference with some reasonable BCS claims, and a salty BB conference with 5 top basketball programs (BYU, Creighton, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Bradley).
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