TO: His Excellency, DeLoss Dodds
His Vice-Excellency, Joe Castiglione
His Red-Headed Excellency, Bill Byrne
The Seven Dwarves
FROM: Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe
June 31 July 1, 2011
SUBJECT: Conference Right-Sizing and Our Future
It has come to my attention that there are still some questions about the departures today of Nebraska and whatever that other school that left is called. Particularly, much of the uncertainty appears to center on the new rules for choosing a conference champion and BCS participants, as well as the future of the Big 12. I will take each of those in turn.
First, the rules for the conference championship decision are clear. The team with the best record will automatically become the Big 12 Champion. If there is a tie for the conference championship, and one of the teams involved in that tie is Texas, then Texas will be the conference champion for that year. If there is a tie for the conference championship, and one of the teams involved in that tie is not Texas, then Texas will be the conference champion for that year. This was in sub-sub-sub paragraph 1.x.5.4.w.2 of the new contract you all signed.
As for national titles, the contract is again clear: If Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State or Texas Tech wins the national title, the official conference records will recognize 15 percent of the title as belonging to Texas, 10 percent of the title as belonging to Oklahoma and 5 percent of the title as belonging to Texas A&M. If you don't like this, DeLoss Dodds reminds you that you agreed to this so that he would support the continuance of your miserable existence. (I personally don't remember any of this, because as you will all recall, I was mostly playing "Angry Birds" during the contract negotiations. And I finally beat level 15! I know you were all waiting to find out about that.)
As for our future -- I want to reiterate that a 10-team Big 12 is just fine with me, especially since it means that all our of schools get a bigger piece of the conference pie. And by that, I mean Texas gets a bigger piece of the conference pie.
However, we will continue to strategically pursue strong opportunities that will better position the Big 12 in the college football marketplace when they arise. (See all the buzzwords I got in there? That means it's an important sentence.) I will keep you all informed of any potential candidates for Big 12 members. Once DeLoss Dodds tells me it's okay.