Originally Posted by automagsrule
and splitting the pie 16 ways isn't so bad when you're dealing with seattle, portland, bay area, LA, phoenix, denver, dallas and houston.
Do you seriously not see a problem with a conference with that big of a geographic span? Austin to Seattle?
If Texas had gone to the Pac-16 (which is what it would have been), they would have only stood to make between 15-16 million, with no TV network, travel to Arizona, California, and Washington. They would be in a conference with USC, Oregon, Washington, and UCLA... all schools with relatively excellent college football pedigrees.
In the Big 12, they stand to make over $21 million, are the unquestioned king of the conference, and can have their own television network while also maintaining a tight geographic footprint and traditional rivalries.
All this was, as I've said all along, was that the Big 12 wasn't giving UT it's fair due, UT got tired of that, and needed to prove that without UT, there is no Big 12. They proved it and the conference survives.