While everyone else was paying attention to the fact that actual college football is being played, the Big XIIish was busy doing what it's been trying to do for more than a year now. Falling apart.
When I texted a key source close to Texas Friday night if the Longhorns were preparing to head to the Pac-12 with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, the source texted back, "Leaning that way." The source later said there was a "50 to 60 percent" chance those schools would end up in the Pac-12. ...
Two Big 12 sources said if Oklahoma and Texas are preparing to lead a charge to the Pac-12 there would almost certainly be a tortious interference lawsuit filed against the Southeastern Conference. That's if Texas A&M indeed submits its application for membership to the SEC next Tuesday or Wednesday as expected, according to sources.
The only thing that's clear from Chip Brown's report (the full thing is worth a read) is that some gamesmanship is involved here. What's less clear is what's gamesmanship and what's actually happening.
Part of this smacks of desperation to destroy the Texas A&M-SEC negotiations. (Talk about tortious interference.) First of all, the idea of not filing a lawsuit until a subsequent action, and then deciding to sue the people who took the step that didn't lead to the conference falling apart, seems a little far-fetched. But this is the legal system we're talking about here, so who knows how it would turn out.
It would prove that the lawsuit is little more than spite. So you're going to sue if Texas and Oklahoma leave, but not if they don't. Let it go, Ken Starr. (Then there's the whole question of what would be left to sue if Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State all leave at the same time that there are continuing rumors that Missouri could be headed our way.)
On the other hand, are Texas and Oklahoma actually considering going to the Pac-12. It looks like at least one of them is. And Oklahoma sounds almost like it's thinking independently on this one.
Boren: "I do not know with certainty what our final decision will be. ... There's no school in the Big 12 more active than we are."
And there's more where that came from. Oklahoma's president makes it sound more likely that the Sooners will leave regardless of what Texas does than that they will stay behind. But that's more complicated.
Once again, it seems hard to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. But it did last year, and the Big XIIish somehow managed to survive. Time to find out if that was its eighth or ninth life.