Texas Football: Why the Longhorns Should Become an Independent

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Texas Football: Why the Longhorns Should Become an Independent
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Though the Big 12 seems to be its home for at least another few years after the additions of West Virginia and TCU, there is still no shortage of reasons for the Longhorns to strike out on their own as independents.

It seemed as if the Big 12 would be no more following the departure of Texas A&M and Missouri. However, the conference has rallied by adding two teams that are consistently present among the Top 25 in TCU and West Virginia. Not only did they strike a deal with the SEC for an annual BCS bowl, they hired the shrewd Bob Bowlsby away from Stanford to be the new commissioner. 

But is it still the best place for the Longhorns?

Even with the improvements to the conference's situation, Texas is still left with only one true rival in Oklahoma and will play very few marquee games that will garner national attention.

With financial implications and its national audience considered, deciding to become an independent could still be the best alternative for this Texas football program.

Here are the reasons why.

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