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GatorMan32
06-06-2010, 11:42 AM
The Big 12 has drawn a line in the sand for at least two member schools.

The conference, amid a chorus of story lines that would all significantly change the face of big-league college sports, has imposed a deadline of Friday for Nebraska and Missouri to state their intentions on whether they intend to bolt for the Big Ten, with the possibility of an extension for a decision by next Tuesday, The Austin American-Statesman has reported, citing two sources.

The Big 12's university presidents decided on imposing the ultimatum, two highly placed officials within two of the conference schools said, according to the newspaper.

Nebraska has until 5 p.m. on Friday to tell us what they're going to do," one school official said, according to the The American-Statesman. "The same deal for Missouri. They have to tell us they're not going to the Big Ten."

A Dallas Morning News report also cited a deadline for the Cornhuskers but said it was within two weeks.

"I've talked to the Pac-10," said the Big 12 school administrator, according to the Austin newspaper. "There is an invitation. When it comes, it'll come fast."

Another political figure connected to Texas told The American-Statesman: "I know the war drums are beating. This is way beyond gossip."

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott, speaking at meetings in San Francisco, laid out several scenarios Friday to its schools' athletic directors, one of which would include adding six Big 12 schools, with Texas among them.

Scott was to brief school presidents and chancellors Sunday morning.

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said Friday he is "comfortable" the league will remain intact.

Beebe said a "process" had been put in place by Big 12 presidents to ensure the long-term viability of a conference that has greatly increased revenue for its members, but still not kept pace in television dollars with the other big leagues.

The Big 12 presidents are scheduled to meet again in October. It could hardly be longer away than February, when they meet just before Beebe begins negotiations on a new cable deal with Fox.

"I am comfortable," Beebe said as four days of Big 12 meetings in Kansas City, Mo., wrapped up. "There's still a process we're going through but based on the conversations we had I think we're in a very good position."

He would not discuss how the process will keep the Big 12 intact.

"The process that has been set is firm. But I'm not going to engage in what that is," he said.

As a sales pitch to keep the league together, Beebe spent the week explaining that he expected huge increases in rights fees from both Fox and ESPN. Unfortunately for those wanting to keep the Big 12 intact, its more lucrative contract with ESPN runs through the 2015-16 academic year.

The greatly staggered contract dates are not working in the Big 12's favor as it seeks to keep up with other leagues.

"We have had analysis and projections that look like we're going to be every bit as well compensated in the future," Beebe said.

Under their present television deals, Big 12 members received between $7 million and $10 million each last year, depending on how many appearances each school made. The Big Ten, enriched by its Big Ten cable network, distributed some $22 million to each member last season.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=5257088

Just Some Hog Dude
06-06-2010, 11:45 AM
Hard to believe the Big XII is in danger of falling apart. I always thought it was a good conference.

Dr.SwineSmeller
06-06-2010, 11:58 AM
The SEC would relish in picking up the Texas television market, actually now needed to keep pace with Big 10 dollars.

Just Some Hog Dude
06-06-2010, 12:05 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing A&M and Texas in the SEC but only if UK and Vandy went to the Big East and they replaced them. Too many teams would diminish a conference in my opinion.

GatorMan32
06-06-2010, 12:15 PM
where do yo get forcing out original members?

boxvic
06-06-2010, 12:38 PM
Especially original members that carry a huge load for this conference in basketball.

PiggoBitttys
06-06-2010, 12:42 PM
JSHD, if moves happen where a conference has more than 12 teams, IMO, the SEC has to keep up. We won't be staying pat at 12 teams even though I know a lot of us are happy with the way it is. The SEC has to add, not just replace, in this scenario.

There is a good chance not adding teams like the other conferences will diminish this conference, which was the point of your post. No one knows for sure, but I'm sure Slive is researching it pretty diligently.

REBEL5 AC
06-06-2010, 12:53 PM
Hard to believe the Big XII is in danger of falling apart. I always thought it was a good conference.

It is a good conference. Great, actually. Good in football, basketball and baseball.

Greed and power is going to tear the conference apart.

As for these two teams, I really hope Nub doesn't leave. As for Missouri, I could give a damn whether they left or not.

Just Some Hog Dude
06-06-2010, 01:51 PM
Especially original members that carry a huge load for this conference in basketball.

XPS told me he would rather Kentucky be in the Big East.

boxvic
06-06-2010, 02:12 PM
XPS told me he would rather Kentucky be in the Big East.

I'd rather be in the Big 10... I dunno why anyone would want to be in the Big East. But the powers that be aren't kicking us out, they'd lose too much outside of football.

Herchel
06-06-2010, 02:36 PM
Especially original members that carry a huge load for this conference in basketball.

Football produces 73% of revenue for the SEC. FB produces $151M, BB $35M.

boxvic
06-06-2010, 02:50 PM
Football produces 73% of revenue for the SEC. FB produces $151M, BB $35M.

The TV contract and NCAA tournament still bring in money that the people in charge aren't going to give up.

Plus UK brings in its share of football money.

GR8NESS
06-09-2010, 12:58 AM
I wouldn't mind seeing A&M and Texas in the SEC but only if UK and Vandy went to the Big East and they replaced them. Too many teams would diminish a conference in my opinion.

F*ck off, new kid on the block. We did fine without you for 65 years, we'll go back on if you want to run back to the old SWC.

PiggoBitttys
06-09-2010, 01:06 AM
After re-reading it, I'm not sure if JSHD meant if UK and Vandy leave on their own to the Big East or not. Maybe he meant if those schools voluntarily leave....anyway, I don't know why either school would do so, but just a thought. Back to your regularly scheduled discussion...

GR8NESS
06-09-2010, 01:34 AM
^Fair enough.

It just pisses me off to see us treated like some red-headed stepchild, because our best sport is bball. The #1 revenue producing event in the NCAA is the NCAA Tournament. And it isn't even close.

zud the hut
06-09-2010, 01:36 AM
UK and Vandy aren't leaving and I don't want them to leave! That's just nutty talk!

And it pizzes those folks off! I enjoy going to Nashville but that stadium feels like a grown up high school stadium...but I am ok with that...its Vandy...who in the SEC wants to give up Nashville?

I enjoy going to Commonwealth as well. It's one of my fav places to go in the SEC. What's wrong with going to Lexington?

PowerT98
06-09-2010, 08:00 AM
^Fair enough.

It just pisses me off to see us treated like some red-headed stepchild, because our best sport is bball. The #1 revenue producing event in the NCAA is the NCAA Tournament. And it isn't even close.

There was a time when the only school in the SEC that had any real basketball national respect was UK. And yes while they enjoyed those pats on the back they repped the SEC as a tough win in anybody's house, benefitting us all.