Report from Austin: ‘The Big 12 is done’

From Austin’s Statesman.com: “The Big 12’s done. Oklahoma wasn’t open to creating Big 12 stability.”

Texas has killed the Big 12. Of course, the blame will be placed with Texas A&M’s desire to head east or Oklahoma’s desire to head west, but Texas killed the Big 12. By the time Texas called the paramedics (University of Texas president and UT’s athletic director) for a visit to Oklahoma, the handwriting was on the wall.

Or maybe on a piece of paper authorizing Oklahoma to pursue entry into the Big 12.

Oklahoma finally had enough. Why should Texas run everything?

From the same Statesman.com report, it appears Texas is being pushed further into pursing life as an independent. Texas seems unwilling to give up the Lonehorn, err, Longhorn Network. According to the report, “Texas’ second metric is economics. The Joneses don’t take pay cuts. Texas has a $154 million annual budget and isn’t interested in joining a conference where its brand or its profit margin takes a hit. And this includes Texas’ three-letter issue. Not SEC. But LHN. Texas has no desire to part, alter or share any aspect of The Longhorn Network, but it would not be able to retain the network as is in the Pac-12.”

No desire to share.

That sums up Texas and why the Big 12 has failed.

You can’t blame Texas for seeking its own interests. This is America.

However, you can’t blame Oklahoma or Texas A&M for getting sick of it either.