The Big 12 (minus 2) will stay together.http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=5286672
Texas move helps Big 12 survive
The Big 12 is alive and kicking.
The University of Texas on Monday said it was staying in the Big 12, followed moments later by pledges from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M to remain in a league that had seemed to be falling apart last week when Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-10) decided to leave over the next two years.
The Texas announcement came shortly after Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott confirmed to The Associated Press in an e-mail that Texas had declined an invitation to become the 12th member of his conference. Scott said Texas president William Powers Jr. told him "the 10 remaining schools in the Big 12 Conference intend to stay together."
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Not really sure how to feel. On the one hand, Missouri stays in a BCS conference, the rest of the Big 12 North isn't going to be completely screwed over, and there isn't any chance that Missouri would have to join the Mountain West or Conference USA. On the other hand, I still feel that the Big 10 would've added Missouri if the Big 10 decided to expand further than Nebraska and Missouri was still available (which obviously they no longer are), and keeping the Big 12 together meant inflating the ego of UT even more than it already is by giving them their own TV network.
I like that Missouri doesn't risk not being in a BCS conference, but I'm afraid Nebraska leaving might send the Big 12 North further into irrelevancy than before, especially now that there won't be a conference championship game unless the conference adds two more teams. No team will have a chance to give Texas or Oklahoma a quality game on national television like Nebraska did last year, and any time a Big 12 North team somehow wins the conference, everyone will chalk it up to Texas being bad that year and not give that team any respect.
If the Big 12 wants to make sure that doesn't happen (which is questionable at best), they could add TCU and some other team and send the Oklahoma teams up to the North division. That would at least mean the Big 12 North champion, if it weren't Oklahoma, would have to be better than Oklahoma to make the conference title game, thus earning it some level of respect.
But right now, the national perception is that the Big 12 North sucks and the Big 12 South is all that matters, and that's only going to get worse if nothing changes because of Nebraska's departure.