10:56 pm: So I step out for a few hours to have some me time on the basketball court (a big Thank You to Jeff Graves for the five powerhouse dunks) and I missed some action. If you want to follow conference realignment, you really can’t sleep or do anything fun.
Anyhow, according to KC Star’s Mike DeArmond, Dan Beebe is on his way out as the Big 12 Commissioner, and the resignation will be announced tomorrow. Remember when I said this a month ago (Dan Beebe’s Resignation a must)? If I can figure this out, why can’t a damn conference?
I will continue to my prediction that his replacement will be former Big 8 Commissioner Chuck Neinas. Nienas helped Oklahoma hire AD Joe Castigleone and Missouri AD Mike Alden.
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel continues to voice his concern with the Big 12. Earlier in the day, he called the Big 12 “a sad embarrassment.” A few weeks ago on Tim Brando’s national TV show, he said that the Big 12 needs serious repair work and that the problem starts with Dan Beebe and even through a shot at Texas, notably their network. He may get his wish with Beebe, and he continued his quest Monday on St Louis’ KFNS radio today.
“We have problems in our league and we all know what most of them are but we don’t solve them,” Pinkel said. “We’ve lost three really good members in a year and a half and we think we’d maybe wake up and try to fix the problems so that we could have a great league. Because until the problems are fixed this stuff’s going to be happening. In my opinion, it’s going to go on and on and on and it’s not a whole lot of fun to be part of it.”
None of this necessarily has anything to do with Conference Expansion, but it could be another step in the security of the Big 12, and was certainly one of Oklahoma’s demands. Will the others, most notably EQUAL revenue sharing be met?
Not if DeLoss Dodds has anything to do with. Earlier in the day Dodds told the Austin Statesman “If anyone has an issue with our Network, than it should be addressed…But anyone can have one, nothing is stopping them.”
What a pompous ass.
4:49 pm: A lot of good stuff coming out of the The Tulsa Journal World today. At 1:25 p.m, they reported that Oklahoma is insisting the three schools added to the Big 12 are BYU, TCU and Air Force. Air Force? I think I just vomited in my mouth. Other interesting articles include: Oklahoma State curators give President Burns Hargis authority in matters related to conference affiliation and Big 12 presidents to discuss reforms to ensure stability.
I think there is a lot to still be done in healing the Big 12. I dont think it can be healed. What if everyone gets to the table and Texas still is dead set on letting go of their unfair advantage?
I don’t think Texas will budge. Powermizzou’s Gabe DeArmond was on an Austin radio show with Orangeblood’s Chip Brown and asked what are the chances that Texas agrees to share ALL revenue, including that from the Longhorn Network, equally?
Chip’s answer: “Very, very low.”
That in a nutshell, is why it can’t ever be fixed.
3:57 pm: Remember the Oklahoma concession of Dan Beebe being removed as Big 12’s so-called commissioner (I called for this weeks ago)? A name I keep hearing is Chuck Neinas, a former Big 8 Commissioner, as a possible replacement. I first saw this from the Oklahoman’s Berry Trammel.
Here is his Bio.
Several Big 12 schools have informed Beebe that they want to see a change in leadership and hopefully the changes will be made. But is it too late to matter? Beebe should do the right thing and step down. I asked for this to happen weeks ago (http://kcsportsnation.com/?p=40) He would quickly be offered a high position inside the Texas Athletic Department.
2:15 pm: CBS’s Dennis Dodd reports in Wake me up when realignment is over that Missouri has a life-altering decision to make with the SEC. If it doesn’t get Missouri, it will have no choice to go after West Virginia, a school it already denied.
Sources from Texas A&M indicate that Missouri was the 14th when Texas and OKlahoma were gone and that Missouri can still be the 14th if they apply with the SEC. Does this mean there really had an offer, and was the offer contingent of the collapse of Big 12? Why couldn’t Missouri pull a Texas A&M and apply to the SEC if they really wanted to go? Another question is, does Missouri REALLY want the SEC? It could become a run-of-the-mill program in the SEC instead of a sometimes better-than-middle-of-the-road program in the Big 12. Missouri can still leave for the SEC because the Big 12 is apparently staying, so MU will not be the reason it folds.
12:30 pm: Texas AD DeLoss Dodds, the de facto Big 12 commissioner, had some interesting things to say the recent events: “I’m relieved. Bottom line, it’s the right thing to do for our kids. We want to get stability quickly…We are who we are. People say what they say. The outcome is the outcome. We’re proud of ourselves.”
I’m sure you are, you arrogant bastard.
He also said the Big 12 will share first and second tier TV rights equally but sharing third-tier (LHN) in non-negotiable.
In addition, OU is demanding via the contract with ESPN, that there be assurances made that no one leaves the Big 12 for at least six years.
11:58 am: According to sources, the SEC talked to Oklahoma president David Boren late last night about the possibility of Missouri, Oklahoma and OSU going SEC to give them 16 teams and was quickly rebuffed. This is something we mentioned yesterday. We have discussed Missouri at length in regards to the SEC, but what about OU and Oklahoma State? Why is Oklahoma so against the SEC? It could be that the SEC doesn’t really want Oklahoma State. I think it is more safe to say that Oklahoma does not want to go the SEC because it is tougher to win and they don’t want to be viewed as a school that makes decisions based solely on its football program (even if it’s true). Another factor is Bob Stoops. Its been rumored that he’d leave Oklahoma in a “heartbeat” if they go to the SEC.
A final option is the SEC may have been gauging the situation in the Big 12. Once they discovered that the Big 12 is staying together, they did not want to be viewed as a “poacher.”
10:21 am: T. Boone Pickens continues his attempt to keep A&M to stay. He tweeted: “Aggies are a big part of #Big12. Truly hope they are not gone yet. Told them that, know they are listening, but not sure they are hearing Must be equality & stability in #Big12. It’s easy-don’t have to explain “split” & “even.” issue is equal split & everyone treated evenly”
Give it up already T. Boone, they are gone. Speaking of that, Chip Brown reports that if the Big 12 remains together, Baylor will not pursue legal action against A&M and will let them go peacefully.
Speaking of the Oklahoman, Jenni Carlson says the Big 12 can’t be fixed.
Yahoo Sports Dan Wetzel asks great questions about the current state of the Big 12. Speaking of Missouri’s efforts to stay with Big 12, “Of course, if Mizzou really is wanted by the SEC, why would the Tigers not explore every possibility to make that happen rather than tie themselves to this reality show and hope for the long-term best?”
My sentiments exactly, Dan.
I’m hearing that East Carolina has applied to the Big East. Waiting to confirm.
12:42 am: KC Sports Nation has learned that the Big 12’s survival may not be dependent on Oklahoma’s demands for equal revenue sharing through the league. Orangeblood’s Chip Brown reports that Texas has agreed to share its revenue from the Longhorn Network with Oklahoma, but there is no mention of equal revenue sharing with everyone else in the conference. If this is what Deaton’s “charge” was all about, I think I am going to be sick. If Missouri, or anyone else agrees to this, its a complete joke.
Part of this plan is an agreements from the member institutions to a five-year commitment. Surely this can’t be serious. Five freakin’ years. Thats it? Get out while you can, if you can, Missouri, if you really have the chance. If anyone else can, do the same.
I am saying this as someone who is a proponent of the Big 12 staying together IF, and I dont think this can ever happen, have equal revenue sharing.
Kudos to Nebraska and Texas A&M for reading the writing on the wall and getting out while they could.
If true, this deal sucks for the Big 12 members not named Texas or Oklahoma. Texas A&M had the balls to stand up to Texas, didn’t blink and didnt back down. PLEASE Big12 schools, this is your time to shine.
As I mentioned earlier, Texas may not have an option but to stay in the Big 12, or whats left of it. Sources say that the Pac-12 told Oklahoma that they would not take them and Oklahoma State without Texas, and the Pac-12 did not want Texas without an assurance from them that they would agree to be an equal part in revenue sharing. Sources say that “at least six” schools voted against expansion (because of Texas).
See more from ESPN’s Andy Katz here. If this deal isn’t good enough for Washington State, why should it be good enough for anyone in the Big 12 (minus Oklahoma).
12:28 am: Oklahoma President Boren says the goal was stability all along and that they hope to achieve that.
Looks like the Big 12 may have, once again, been on the brink of destruction, on its deathbed, and somehow survived.
Lets see if Oklahoma and Missouri hold Texas to their demands from Tuesday. If not, this is an EPIC FAIL by everyone involved and a major victory for Texas.
12:20 am: The last 12 hours have been incredible. If its not confusing enough, BYU’s rivals site is reporting that the Cougars are very likely to become a full member of the Big 12 Conference if the conference stays together and can remain stable. If so, this could happen very quickly, possibly in a matter of days?
What does this mean? It could mean the Big 12 might be able to pick of the pieces, remain together and add BYU as their 10th team. It could mean Missouri is, in fact, gone and BYU is their replacement. It is too early for me to make a prediction on this. I refuse to believe that Texas will sacrifice its ego for the stability, or for even the livelihood of the conference.