lol who wants to get into bed with Texas? Despite the fandom's irrational hate of Texas, this question is like asking who wants to get into bed with ND? Just about everybody, sure there are a few exception like Nebraska (who honestly hates us though they would love to get back into Texas for recruiting) and A&M (who's regretting that we won't play anymore), but others like Mizzou, Colorado are just spewing old grievances at Texas though all the problems they helped create with their own voting on Big 12 policies that allowed all of this to happen. There have been reports on this board that Texas could join the PAC, B1G, ACC, SEC, go non fb in BE, CUSA, and MWC, and even start its own elite conference or independent scheduling alliance...so let me ask who doesn't want to be in bed with Texas...the WAC/MAC/SBC/A10?
BTW why is everybody still hating on UT who has locked up their 1st and 2nd TV rights until 2025 with the Big 12, has given up almost 10 million a year (along with OU) to give Baylor/Iowa St double the payout they had 2 years ago, and they have stayed with long time Big8/SWC rivals while others like CU/NU/MU/A&M left for better conferences with no thought to how their departure would effect the rest of us. Hell A&M and Mizzou signed an agreement that they would stay for 5 years only to leave 2/5 months later...
There's a huge difference between "Who wants Texas" and "Who wants to get into bed with Texas." Who wants Texas? Everyone would LOVE to have Texas in the fold for their conference. As an equal partner with everyone else. Who wants to get into bed with Texas? No, I would NOT want to be in a league where my cut of the TV deal is based on my number of appearances; AND Texas gets a guarantee on TV cut regardless of their appearances; AND Texas has their own national TV network and I don't.
Schools who want Texas as an equal partner: Everyone.
Schools who want into a league with Texas on UT's terms: Big East, CUSA, MWC, WAC, MAC, Sun Belt schools.
Schools who wouldn't want to get into bed with Texas on UT's terms: Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Pac-12 teams.
Schools with no other options (for now): Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State.
I can't see the ACC raiding the Big 12 or vice versa. The next raid among the BCS AQ Conference levels will come (A) when these current TV deals are up for renegotiation and (B) when NBC says "We're getting the crap kicked out of us by ESPN/ABC. Hey Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Pittsburgh, UConn and Rutgers, we'll give you a TV deal worth each $40 million per season if you form a conference and play on NBC."
I believe issues are over exaggerated with the University of Texas and the LHN.
First of all the Pac 10 schools last year were looking into the best possible scenario to obtain revenue streams that would compete or eventually come close with rival Big Ten. While the Pac 12 has yet to create a plan for cable network similar to Big Ten, that was a sticking point on taking Texas along with the other group of Big 12 schools to reach 16 last year. Tier 3 was an issue. Would it require a Pac 10 conference network to come close to Big Ten revenue?
Since then the Pac 12 has created a revenue stream with 12 schools that is comparable to the Big Ten for tier 1 and tier 2 TV rights and really did not need Texas or the other Big 12 schools to accomplish that goal. Would Texas make that big of a difference with tier 3 rights if the Pac 12 eventually creates a network similar to the Big Ten for tier 3 rights. Who knows for sure? My thoughts are 12 schools in the Pac 12 can generate the same revenue as 12 Big Ten schools on a cable network so the issue is mute on needing U of Texas.
What was really happening in the Big 12 were egos of other schools that caused instability in the Big 12. Based on the latest projected Big 12 mended TV contract, money was not the real issue.
Texas A&M could not stand the fact the U of Texas may get an upper hand in requiting with the LHN scheduling high schools games on the exclusive LHN. Maybe there were some benefits to Texas with LHN, however, there were more egos the size of the state of Texas than anything else concerning Texas A&M. This issue would not be of much concern to any schools outside of the state of Texas by having high schools games in Texas on LHN.
Which leads to the defections of Nebraska which had little to do with LHN. The U of Nebraska is wanting to live in the old Big 8 world of big two and little 6 while demanding bigger payouts in the larger expanded conferences. There was just not room enough for Nebraska’s large ego and U of Texas in the same room. Time will time if this issues follows Nebraska to the Big Ten. This year there were two Big Ten BCS bids and neither went to Nebraska.
Missouri and Colorado are both casualties of these ego fights and could have remained in the Big 12 and achieve close to the same revenue. Missouri may be able to make more revenue in the SEC, the school will have to compete in a much larger and tougher football league. Factor in that Missouri never really made a BCS bowl in the Big 12 what can the school expect to achieve in the SEC?
Colorado more than anything wanted stability and with all the concerns of defections of Big 12 schools based on the above and not wanting to be left out of a super Pac 16, made the decision to move to the Pac 12 to ensure a spot in the conference. Again this had nothing to do directly with the LHN by Colorado joining the Pac 12.
I am guessing you are either a Rutgers or UConn supporter. I can fill for you by having both schools left out of the latest musical chairs of conference movement.
I would bet either school would be more than happy to jump in bed with Texas for the very chance to be part of one of the more stable conferences.
By signing over tier 1 and tier 2 rights and additional to very large exit fees, do not look for a group of schools from the existing five top conference to split a form a super conference backed by NBC.
Your best hope is the BCS adopts a plus one format by taking only conference champion and Notre Dame goes looking for the protection of the ACC a brings UConn or Rutgers along for the ride.