Thanks to the Pac-12, the Big 12's schools are stuck with each other for the time being. The Oklahoma Sooners and their likewise disgruntled colleagues are going to have to either come to terms with the Longhorn Network or force the Texas Longhorns to neuter it.
For those of you sick of conference realignment talk, especially during the college football season, here's a piece of good news: the AP's Jim Vertuno reports Texas and Oklahoma will meet soon to come up with a five-year plan for the Big 12. Also, magical coincidence! That's how long the Big 12's current TV deal lasts. Five years doesn't sound like all that long of a time once you put it that way.
Oklahoma president David Boren released a statement partly on Oklahoma's new "positive relationship" with the Pac-12 and on a few suggestions for the Big 12:
We were not surprised by the Pac 12's decision to not expand at this time. Even though we had decided not to apply for membership this year, we have developed a positive relationship with the leadership of the conference and we have kept them informed of the progress we've been making to gain agreement from the Big 12 for changes which will make the conference more stable in the future. Stability has been our first goal and we look forward to achieving that goal through continued membership in the Big 12 Conference.
Besides getting its two brand names to play nice, the Big 12 also has to rebuild after losing Texas A&M. Yes, that's TCU's music. You might have heard they could use a new football home, and the Big 12 might have been humbled just enough to consider them.