We're going back in time - all the way to the year 2010. Yes, we're doing the Timewarp again! How appropriate, since the Big 12 Conference is like The Rocky Horror Picture Show without the singing but loaded with silliness.
Since the wild and potentially calamitous conference realignment machine can be stopped in its tracks by keeping the Big 12 alive, most SEC fans would like to see the status quo. Well, after the moves of Texas A&M, Pitt and Syracuse, that is.
Here's my quick take on the move to (once again) salvage the Big 12 Conference:
With Texas and OU, the Big 12 doesn't need another Dallas/Fort Worth school. Which means no to TCU.
BYU makes sense and the first new addition to come. They carry a national brand.
Even with Texas, the University of Houston makes sense. Texas A&M carried a bit more of the Houston market than people realize. Even adding Rice to get the total number of teams and academic standing in the league up makes sense. But Rice will not happen if Missouri stays in the conference.
Air Force could happen as the most consistent service academy on the field brings TV eyes.
Since the confeerence lost Colorado, why not add Colorado State? The loyalty in that state is pretty much split between the two schools, so CSU helps get that Denver market back.
If they lose TAMU and Mizzou, the Big 12 can go to 12 or 16:
Oklahoma State, Texas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Kansas, Houston, Colo. State, Air Force and BYU. Other Mountain West schools UNLV, San Diego State and Boise State - along with the potential for Rice - can lift the membership to 16.
Pods for 16:
1) Texas, UH, Baylor, Rice/Mizzou
2) OU, Kansas, K-State, Iowa State
3) OSU, TTU, Air Force, Colo. State.
4) Boise St, UNLV, San Diego St., BYU
Jumping to 16 schools would set up the four-team playoff scenario that adds two extra big money making games for the league. The Big 12 can have semifinals with UT, OU, Boise State and Oklahoma State pretty much every year. Yes, I know. It would be the biggest gerrymander in sports history. But they'll make plenty of money.
That's the solution...if the schools who are firing commissioner Dan Beebe want to hire me, I come pretty cheap. After all, this is all about money, right?
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