We’ll take a moment to check on the latest realignment news with OrangeBlood.com’s Chip Brown, who has to be in line for a Presidential Medal after his work through these wild couple of weeks.
Apparently the Big XII has a bit of new life, thanks to some wheelin’ and dealin’ from commissioner Dan Beebe and possible reconsideration from the schools thinking of making the jump. Beebe’s plan includes the conference continuing with ten teams, a new TV deal similar to the SEC’s, and the ability for Texas (or any member) to pursue its own network, among other provisions.
In light of the new proposal, Texas is said to at least be considering sticking with the league ahead of its Tuesday morning meeting when all heck could break loose. A&M, which met with SEC boss Mike Slive yesterday, is meeting with Pac-10ish brass today. The SEC is also said to be ‘doggedly’ pursuing Oklahoma even though the Sooners will almost certainly follow Texas.
So we know for today that the idea of a ten-team Big 12 is alive if nothing else. And for the SEC, it looks like Texas A&M is on the verge of coming on board, with Oklahoma a long shot. To that point, though, Mr. SEC has a great article on the Oklahoma factor and makes the case that Slive may be a mad genius in trying to snag OU and A&M in hopes of luring Texas to the SEC as well. While there is virtually no chance that all happens, it’s still fun to pretend.
The lesson from all this is that we don’t know substantially more than we did yesterday, but sometime in the next couple of days, the fate of the world as we know it could be determined. The anticipation is a burden, really.