It may have been easy to scoff at Thursday's report that the Pac-10 is ready to invite six teams from the Big 12 to join the conference -- Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado. After all, it was hardly the first expansion rumor that had made headlines this offseason.
As our excellent Iowa blog, Black Heart Gold Pants, points out, while the original report was "... written by a former Dallas Morning News guy, Chip Brown [and was] expansive, specific," it was also "easily deniable" (like most of the expansion talk over the past couple of months). But this time, it was different.
The Big 12, which held meetings of the Presidents and Chancellors of the universities Thursday in Kansas City, called for a press conference at 5 P.M. this evening. Then they pushed it back to six. And then they canceled it altogether. And now it's time to say goodbye to the Big 12.
Then they straight up canceled the presser, issuing no comment and rescheduling for tomorrow. As one CycloneFanatic poster superbly put it, "Well the Big 12 is good at sitting and waiting to see what happens. Nothing new here."
Mirth aside, however, reports from Kansas City make it seem obvious that the Big XII isn't waiting, they're realizing that the end is here.
BHGP goes on to wonder, assuming those six schools in question leave for the Pac-10, and Missouri and Nebraska leave for the Big Ten (a lot of assuming, but still), what becomes of Kansas?
... KU would be left with Baylor, Iowa State, and Kansas State. You think KU feels any need to stick by those three schools? You know, the three that were so unmarketable that it plunged the Big XII into a ruinous financial inferiority? Any need at all?
Or does KU immediately recognize try to hitch its ride to the Big Ten as well? Might KU even try to outmuscle Missouri if there's one slot between the two? If it's either that or the
MWC/Big XII LeftoverGreat Plains Superconference, we imagine KU's decision would be very, very easy.