Conference expansion: Big 12 afraid of Boise State

Boise State could be kept out of the Big 12 because of academic issues.

According to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, sources said the Big 12 has “reservations about Boise State on academic front, in addition to geography.” (Source)


When did academics become so important to the Big 12? Oh right, the Big 12 includes those hotbeds of scholarship—Lubbock, Texas and Stillwater, Oklahoma!

Don’t be fooled. This isn’t the real reason the Big 12 wants to avoid Boise State.

The Big 12 fears Boise State. The Big 12 doesn’t want another butt kicking from the Broncos.

Oklahoma doesn’t want to remember the humiliation the Sooners suffered at the hands of Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Texas doesn’t want a real challenge on the way to a BCS bowl.

Who can blame them? It is fine for Texas and Oklahoma to look out for their own interests, but please spare us the sanctimonious BS about academics.

There are real issues involving Boise State joining a conference like the Big 12. Geography is one of those real concerns. There are serious questions involving stadium capacity and television appeal. However, it is insane to claim academics has any role in conference realignment.

Everyone knows money is driving this realignment drama and conference expansion circus. So, why won’t Big 12 athletic directors and presidents be honest with us? Just how dysfunctional is this league?

Things are bad in the Big 12. This latest example of cowardice is a blot on the entire league. It doesn’t deserve to be called the Big 12. Little 12 is far more accurate.