Texas stays put and saves college football as we know it

Texas is staying in the Big 12, which means there will still be a Big 12, though perhaps not with a dozen members and certainly not with the same dozen.  Texas staying means the biggest card in the Great Conference Shuffle hasn’t fallen and won’t fall, which means the Great Shuffle won’t be so great after all.

Texas staying put means that Oklahoma will, too, and Texas A&M surely will as well. The Associated Press and ESPN.com are reporting that all three stand to make at least $20 million per year from the reconfigured Big 12 television package, which is more than an SEC school earns in TV money. The Big 12 will be lessened by the loss of Nebraska to the Big 10 and Colorado to the Pac-10, but lessened isn’t devastated.

And the six big leagues — the SEC, the ACC, the Big 10, the Big 12, the Pac-10 and the Big East — should now emerge from the summer shaken but not truly stirred. College football in the next decade should resemble the college football we saw this past decade. The landscape has changed, but most of the familiar names figure to be popping up in the same familiar places.

And that means the greater good will have been served. (Not that college football much cares about the greater good. If it did, there’d be no BCS — there’d be a playoff system to determine a national champion.) The thought of the Pac-10 growing by half a dozen and the SEC and the Big 10 fighting over the scraps would have been unseemly at best and abhorrent at worst. These are, lest we forget, supposed to be institutions of higher learning.

Speaking of which: Today’s economic lesson is that a little TV revenue can go a long way toward making the grass at home seem greener. (Get it? Green? As in money?) Texas and Oklahoma and Texas A&M were pretty rich already, and the overtures from afar — the Pac-10 was making eyes at the Longhorns and the Sooners, and the SEC was courting the Aggies — only succeeded in making them richer still. Ain’t capitalism great?

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RomeDawg

June 14th, 2010
8:03 pm

Thank God!!! All the talk of “super-conferences” was going to change college football as we know it. The all mighty greenback is behind EVERY decision in America. You can toss tradition to the curb if it’s for money. Thank you Texas!

todd grantham

June 14th, 2010
8:08 pm

Saints be praised!

Mike Slive

June 14th, 2010
8:09 pm

what is CBS’s phone number?

Junior

June 14th, 2010
8:10 pm

wow you mean they didn’t listen to the dog poops authority on these blogs about coming to the SEC. I told you no one and I mean no one in Texas gives a rats @ss about the SEC.

PTC DAWG

June 14th, 2010
8:13 pm

Texas cares about one thing..MONEY….

RomeDawg

June 14th, 2010
8:14 pm

Or should I say thank you CBS for giving Texas enough money to stay home?

JoD

June 14th, 2010
8:15 pm

Haha, ESPN expert Andy Katz said his sources in the Big 12 said the SEC had close to no chance of getting any of the remaining Big 12 school, citing concerns with lower academic standards… DUH!!!! Its like going from Corvette to a Ford Festiva.

Jonny5

June 14th, 2010
8:19 pm

PTC DOG, as if UGA donates all their funds to charity… Get off your high horse.

Navigator

June 14th, 2010
8:19 pm

I’m totally surprised the conference stayed together, but not surprise TX and A&M didn’t come to the SEC. Now the Big 12 needs to go after TCU, BYU and Houston to rebuild the conference with quality teams. Actually losing a dog like Colorado was no big deal, if they can get TCU. Bringing in a quality team like BYU would be a major coup, and Houston’s on the rise. After all this, maybe the Big 12 will actually be a better conference, and stop the insane super conference crap that has been going on. It also eliminates the SEC from feeling a need to grab teams, saves the ACC, and if the Big 10 grabs Big East schools who cares. The word around the CFA a year ago was the Big East would lose an auto bid to a BCS bowl due to the small number of quality football schools. There is still a couple of schools out there that could become players and that’s Cincinnati and South Florida, both rising programs.

Reptiles Rule

June 14th, 2010
8:24 pm

Texas did the right thing. The best thing is that now the SEC will not feel compelled to expand. No reason to at this point and if the PAC 10 still wants to pursue a full 16 team league, it won’t be the powerhouses Texas and Oklahoma. They (BIG 12) will miss Nebraska but will hardly even notice Colorado’s absence.

Commissioner Gordon

June 14th, 2010
8:24 pm

There’s only one man that can save us now…

todd grantham

June 14th, 2010
8:25 pm

Mark, I’ll bet after that shovel pass last year a lot of Texas fans wanted to make a steer out of Mack Brown.

Rob

June 14th, 2010
8:26 pm

Great news for college sports.

It will be interesting to see if the Big 12 tries to add TCU and BYU to get back to twelve or if the tv numbers work better to play a 10-team round robin and only divide the money ten ways. Conference title games can be a mixed bag. They can make a lot of money, but can actually hurt a conference’s chance of getting two teams in BCS bowls.

Reid Adair

June 14th, 2010
8:26 pm

This was a smart move for Texas. The Big 12 (with 10 teams) will be OK. And you’re right, Mark. This saves what was going to be borderline chaos. That, combined with all of the rumors (well done, ESPN, with your “Texas to the Pac-10 immiment” story earlier today), has made it crazy. People around here want to claim Texas was afraid to join the SEC. No one knows for certain an offer was ever extended to Texas.

Now, all that’s necessary is for the Pac-10 to find a 12th team. Utah, anyone?

Nick

June 14th, 2010
8:26 pm

Finally the lunacy has ended and some sanity has returned. The President of the University of Illinois just informed the media that the Big Ten will stay at 12 teams and he has been a player in previously admitting Penn State in 1990 and Nebraska last week. So I guess that Delaney can go back to what he does best, playing with blow-up dolls.

Joe Schmoe

June 14th, 2010
8:30 pm

I think everyone is overlooking the growing power of the Mountain West Conference, with very capable and solid teams. I don’t think the MWC even gets touched. If anything, they will pick off some other teams in the future.

Rob

June 14th, 2010
8:33 pm

Joe – valid point about the MWC. TCU, Utah, and BYU probably have a better path to a BCS bowl out of the MWC than out of the PAC-10/11/12 or Big 12. MWC probably gets an AQ bid starting in 2012.

Beast from the East

June 14th, 2010
8:38 pm

Texas didn’t “save” anything. They played the PAC 10 like a fiddle. Now let’s hope they raid the PAC 10 for Arizona and Arizona State. After all, they don’t fit in with the “elite” academic institutions of the PAC 10 that we’ve been hearing about for the past week.

Joe Schmoe

June 14th, 2010
8:38 pm

YUP, and add Boise plus its a pretty exceptional BB confrence.

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NRBQ

June 14th, 2010
8:45 pm

So, the Big10 has12 teams, and the Big12 has…..10?

Paul in RDU

June 14th, 2010
8:47 pm

Mark – I agree that with UT likely staying in the Big X, the current system seems to have been saved, but I can’t believe this is the end of the shuffle. With the NCAA rules that you need 12 teams for a championship game, it is only a matter of time before the Big X wants to go back to the Big XII. Since Nebraska and Colorado are not leaving in 2010, the shuffle is postponed but it will happen.
I am still not convinced that the Big 10 + 2 will stand pat for more than a year or 2. Delany always said that any expansion would be over an 18 – 24 month period. Beebe demanding a “loyalty oath” from the Big XII schools tipped Nebraska to run to the Big 10 +1 but there are other schools out there (notably in NJ and NY) that would jump at the opportunity to join them.

Mark Bradley

June 14th, 2010
8:51 pm

Shovel pass = bum steer, Coach Grantham.

cattle dawg

June 14th, 2010
8:53 pm

Texas an OU didnt go anywhere cause they got it made where they are. More money and all they have to do is beat each other to be in the bcs.

cattle dawg

June 14th, 2010
8:55 pm

I agree with u Paul. I think things will be quite for about a year an then there will be a big splash by the Big 10 or SEC.

the real OLD GOLD

June 14th, 2010
8:57 pm

Thank you Texas. I was tired of this mess.

Bob LeBlah

June 14th, 2010
8:58 pm

Thank you Texas?? They started this whole thing. They did what was best for them, more money.

Kirby Smart

June 14th, 2010
8:59 pm

ain’t life grand. nothing better than getting more money because somebody wants you.

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1980 Dawg

June 14th, 2010
9:06 pm

Thank you Texas. For a moment, one of my well intentioned, but thankfully non-informed friends, thought that Georgia Tech had a chance to enter the SEC due to the Atlanta television market. For those of you from Tuscaloser, that would be bad as it might actually make Georgia Tech a solvent football program as a result of the SEC payouts and save them from bankruptcy. Perish the thought.

todd grantham

June 14th, 2010
9:08 pm

i couldnt agree with you more.

the TRUTH

June 14th, 2010
9:09 pm

Tejas wants no part of arse kicking the DAWGS would put on them

boots

June 14th, 2010
9:09 pm

It would be justice to see the Big 12 grab AZ and AZ State to replace CO and NE. That would be fun to see, leaving the Pac-10 weaker and establishing a Southwestern Conference that would give the SEC a rival, albeit, weaker, conference, finally.

dawgma

June 14th, 2010
9:10 pm

ESPN’s Collin Cowturd says the Texas boyz didn’t come to the SEC because our grades were not good enough for their esteemed academicians. Cowturd – Shutup and your show sux.

Texas knows they would get their a$$ kicked in the SEC AND they chose to play for the money not the glory.

Hey U of Texas – Grow some horns and book an SEC rival every once in a while. We will give you a real education on and off the field.

longhorns

June 14th, 2010
9:10 pm

did you idiots in georgia really think anyone from texas was coming to SEC? not likely!

bad brad

June 14th, 2010
9:10 pm

Let’s call Texas what they are: a ho albeit a smart ho. Maneuvered around for more money and what’s funny is watching all the other schools in the big 12 minus 2 follow along and dance to their tune. They all deserve what they get. Remains to be seen if they can get the money they think they will get. I for one hope they are severely disappointed. Also believe the horns get their comeuppance every year in the bcs w/SEC rep just like this past year.

MalibuGT

June 14th, 2010
9:12 pm

GT was never a candidate for SEC. Tech has no interest and UGA would not want them there for competitive/recruiting reasons

1980 Dawg

June 14th, 2010
9:12 pm

The last time we played those wimps from Texas in the Cotton Bowl, we kicked their a$$. They were arrogant then as now. We beat them before, and can certainly beat their a$$ again.

bamaguy

June 14th, 2010
9:12 pm

Let the other conferences do what they want, The SEC will just keep determining the National Champion each December in Atlanta. And all this talk about “academic standards’, please, unless you are Harvard, Yale or Stanford, accept your place.

1980 Dawg

June 14th, 2010
9:14 pm

Georgia Tech’s football program is broke financially. They simply do not have the financial resources to compete with UGA. Until that changes, they will continue to get whipped like a red headed stepchild nine out of every ten years.

WestOfAthens

June 14th, 2010
9:14 pm

Beware people, this isn’t over with yet.

Teasing and courting is what major media does best.

longhorns

June 14th, 2010
9:15 pm

1980, glad to see you’ve discovered the internet. a lot has changed in the 30 years since you had a real football team

supsalemgr

June 14th, 2010
9:16 pm

I agree with Mark and navigator. This decision saves the Big 12 and settles the dust. The bIg 12 still needs 12 and TCU and SMU/Houston are logical. It brings back the old SWC nostalgia for the south division. So who are the losers in this scenario that has payed out in the last two weeks.? The PAC 10 for one. They now have eleven and the pick up is marginal. Denver is a nice market, but the Broncos are bigger than the Buffalos. The Mountain West and WAC. The big 12 and Pac 10 will fill out their need for 12 from these conferences and they will not take anything but the most attractive. Notre Dame. They are probably out for the Big Ten. Unless they want to go to the Big East they may struggle for quality appointments, especially if they continue to be mediocre. The winners. The SEC and ACC. They come through unscathed and do not have to go through the transition and just keep collecting TV money.

Hats off to TX. They settled the dust. ND could have done it, but greed is a terrible thing.

1980 Dawg

June 14th, 2010
9:18 pm

Longhorn, you should be thankful for the ACC (All Clown Conference). If not for the ACC, your conference would be the wimpiest. You fellas bragged a lot right before we whipped you last time too.

AZ Dog fan

June 14th, 2010
9:19 pm

Texas “SAVES” college football? Wow, Mark… let’s choose a more appropriate title. How about, “Texas always only cared about themselves and money. Period.” I’m not naive. I’m not saying this makes them evil. But that’s what this was always about. Please don’t lead everyone to believe that they are some hero in all this.

ViningsDawg

June 14th, 2010
9:21 pm

Do you really think the SEC will sit there and let the new sorry Big 12 make money than them?

Garrett

June 14th, 2010
9:22 pm

What a crazy two weeks it has been!! I surely thought when Nebraska and Colorado left that the beginning of the end was coming for the Big 12. This morning I get a text from ESPN saying that the move is imminent and then later this afternoon get another saying texas and the other schools are staying. I still think there will be some shuffling, maybe the Big 12 gets Utah and TCU???? But Texas staying really kept the college football world from becoming a major earthquake.

And Mark, you brought it up so I am going to defend it, why the BCS is good and makes college football unique. For one thing, it does it’s job. It crowns a champion through a championship game, unlike how they used to do it where the champion would be voted on in a poll, like the AP before the BCS. Bowl games give teams that don’t have the flash of a Fla, Ga, USC, Okla, USC, Texas to be on a big stage. A playoff would not do that.A playoff would be way to many games for the college athlete 14 in a season!! Come on! Are we going to go into late January for college football!

I guess the biggest thing is it is unique to college football, nothing else has it. Now, has the BCS messed up, yes no doubt. But more times than not it usually gets it right, #1 vs #2. With the BCS, every game in the college football season means a lot. One loss you are on the brink of probably not playing for a nat’l champ, 2 most notably probably done. With a playoff, you could still lose four, get lucky and hot in the playoff and win the nat’l champ. With the BCS, every game for everyone is almost a due or die, which makes it special. As the season progresses, matchups get more crucial and exciting because of the BCS format. If we had a playoff system and had seeds, what would keep a #1 seed, say Alabama, from resting it’s players against Auburn so they could be fresh?? Heck, I would and I think it would take away from the college football season and what makes it special. The bowl system can’t stay with the playoff system because it is not feasible for fans to follow there team through 4 rounds of play-off games, thus the bowls would lose money and bowl season wouldn’t be the same with certainly a less number of fans going to the stadiums, barely sold out. So that is my pitch for the BCS, keep it and let college football be unique, not the same as the others.

Matt the Brave

June 14th, 2010
9:22 pm

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mcDawg

June 14th, 2010
9:22 pm

agreed-scr8w the Big 10

Matt the Brave

June 14th, 2010
9:23 pm

MB, do you think that the Big 12 will invite two new teams to take the spots of Nebraska and Colorado? I’m thinking TCU, but not sure who else.