A&M made it official today that they will be leaving the Big 12 which is actually only 10 teams and only a couple of them are really big but all of that is really beside the point. As I’m listening to sports radio and the local hub-bub, it’s fascinating to me some of the responses and questions I’m hearing. It’s almost as if these people are sharing a brain with Big 12 Dan Beebe.
Here is some of the ridiculousness I’ve heard today…
“Why would A&M leave the Big 12 to go get beat up in the SEC every year?”
I’ve got about 8 to 10 million reasons why. That’s how much more money a year they will make in the revenue sharing SEC than in the non-revenue sharing Big 12. Plus, a good year in the Big 12 means maybe the Cotton Bowl or Capital One Bowl. A good year in the SEC is the Sugar Bowl or potentially the BCS Championship Game.
“They will lose all of their recruits in Texas if they leave the Big 12.”
Are you serious? Your top-shelf athletes are going to stay and play in the Big 12 versus the SEC where they will play against NFL talent every week? They will choose the Big 12 – whose national champion contenders get manhandled every year – over the SEC where the last 5 national champions have come from? Don’t think so.
“It’s A&M fault that we are going through this whole re-alignment thing again.”
Are you sure about that? The “Texas” Network and the Texas greed in the Big 12 is what is killing the Big 12. Move the championship game to Dallas, move the headquarters to Texas, give Texas their own network, don’t share revenue because that would mean less money for Texas. Are you seeing a pattern? Who will stay for that?
One would think that after Nebraska and Colorado left, the lesson would be learned. It obviously hasn’t. Texas released a statement today saying they are behind the Big 12 all the way and are full supporters of the conference. Of course they are – no other conference would let them have their own network or let them be the one to stop revenue sharing.
“It’s okay, we will just get SMU, TCU, BYU, Notre Dame, Arkansas, or whoever else to take their place.”
First, let’s get this straight. Notre Dame and Arkansas are NOT coming to the Big 12. That would be a dramatic pay cut as well as a dramatic step down in prestige. Neither is TCU who just joined the Big East or some other insignificant conference like that. BYU just committed to stay in Mountain West and you can pretty much count on that school keeping its word.
That leaves really only SMU and Houston in the mix. Does anyone really believe that SMU and Houston will be better for the Big 12 than Colorado, Nebraska, and Texas A&M? Accepting those teams would basically saying to the world – we are going to be the Big 2 + the Flat 10.
Bottom line – the Big 12 is in serious trouble and Don Beebe has yet to show he can lead in the complicated world of NCAA realignment.
Personally, I’m happy for A&M. They are going to fit in great in the tradition rich SEC if they end up finding themselves there. That makes the SEC West the murder’s row in football – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Mississippi, and Texas A&M.
It will make our personal holidays a bit more tense as Amy is from a long line of Aggies. Her brother, her father, her uncle, her grandfather, and probably a few more generations after that as well are all from Aggieland.
Looks like our family will be a bastion of War Eagle, Gig ‘Em, and Roll Tide.
The best conference in football is about to get even better.