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Chip Brown's "Big 12 Missile Crisis" Timeline

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To put a cap on this conference expansion episode, Chip Brown has published a recap of the Big 12's tumultuous days from when Nebraska decided to go to the Big Ten until the Big 12 Lite was formalized. It's in a nice narrative form, little of it is speculation, and it provides a few more details than what was already out there. It includes the Pac-10 trying to change the deal at the last minute but leaves out Texas trying to change the deal at the last minute, but whatever. It's a good recap of everything if you missed it.

Is Big 12 Survival on Nebraska, not Texas?

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Interesting article from Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman, a guy who actually, you know, lives in Big 12 country. The way he sees it, the Big 12's survival depends on Nebraska, not Texas. He thinks the Big 12 can be fine without Missouri, and I would agree. However it can't really thrive without Nebraska, so if the Huskers stay, then the Big 12 lives. Nebraska, as you probably remember, has been making eyes at the Big Ten over the past couple months (though not as overtly as Missouri has been). It makes sense. After all, Nebraska is the school most dissatisfied with the Big 12's current state. And the Big 12 is the only place where Texas can accomplish all of its goals: enjoy unquestioned conference hegemony, gain an unequally large portion of a TV deal, and keep its options open for starting a UT television network. It can only get the second from the Pac-10, the third from the SEC, and none from the Big Ten.

Dan Beebe Sounds Like He's Got a Conference Still

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"I’m very encouraged by the discussions and the course of action we’re taking." That's what Dan Beebe said at the conclusion of the Big 12 meetings in Kansas City. Note that he talked about the course of action "we're taking." Not "that we've proposed" or "that we discussed." It sounds like he's brokered some kind of deal to keep the band together. We'll see how long it lasts. Listen to some people involved talk here. Meanwhile at the SEC meetings, Chris Low says that he's been talking casually with coaches, ADs, and other school administrators about expansion. The two most common candidates mentioned? Texas and Virginia Tech.

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