FORCED: Texas reverses; Big XII could survive

Tokyo Rose, err, the voice of the Texas Longhorns Chip Brown reports that the University of Texas “has been convinced…to stay in a 10-member Big XII.” According to the plan “might also stop what appears to be an impending avalanche of college realignment across the country, depending on how conversations between Texas A&M and the SEC might be affected.”

Cue derision. The vassals forced Texas’ hand. The king is dead.

Texas was the driving force in scuttling the Big XII, but thanks to the independence of Texas A&M, that plan appears to have failed. It also raises the question, was Texas afraid the Oklahoma Sooners were beginning to seriously consider a move to the SEC?

Of course, saving the Big XII with a 10-member conference might not stop the Aggies move to the SEC. The Aggies were concerned about revenue inequities including the launch of a Texas Longhorns network. Would the Aggies agree to allow Texas to launch its own network now to save the Big XII in a reduced form?

Another factor that could prevent the Big XII plan is the lack of a championship game. While this could be popular with coaches, it would seem to lessen the television appeal of the conference—despite what the conference commissioner or the voice of the Longhorns might say.