Unravelling?

Texas is now reportedly considering a revised Big XII (Big 12) with only ten teams. Ten teams?

Texas Longhorn mouthpiece Chip Brown reports via twitter, “Orangebloods.com: A proposal by Dan Beebe to hold the Big 12 together with 10 teams is in play and being considered by Texas, sources say.”

A ten-team league? Wouldn’t that end the conference championship? That would appear to harm the league’s television appeal.

The consideration of this plan now seems laughable. Texas had done everything in its power to end the Big XII. It has applied pressure to Texas A&M and Oklahoma to force the schools to capitulate to Longhorn demands. It has gone nuclear against A&M with threats to end playing the Aggies if the school refuses to kowtow.

What makes this even more comedic is the admission that this is under consideration after Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma have scheduled regents meetings for Tuesday and Wednesday—presumably the meetings were called to ratify a move to the Pac-10 (or is it Pac-16?). Now the situation is much more fluid that Tokyo Rose, err, Chip Brown led everyone to believe just days ago.

Will Texas keep its powers over its vassals? Or will Oklahoma and Texas A&M assert themselves? Is a ten-team Big XII viable?

It appears Texas is frantic as the possibility grows that the Oklahoma Sooners will listen seriously to the SEC. Can Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive make a convincing pitch?