Believe it or not, the Big 12 Conference may end up surviving after all.
And regardless of the feelings towards the University of Texas and the tremendous pull they have on this entire debacle, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe should really be the one given the standing-ovation if the conference is saved.
Questions still remain regarding the Big 12 remaining intact.
But, at the very least, there’s now a sliver of hope—even in the media—that the conference could very well survive, with all 10 remaining members staying on board.
Is it a long shot? Yes.
That’s really beyond the point, though.
Within 24 hours ago (and stretching to as far back as last Thursday), people have declared the Big 12 dead.
Well, guess what? It’s not dead yet.
And at this point and time, it’s looking like the conference suicide will at least be put on hold momentarily.
Texas officials are still planning on meeting on Tuesday, and that’s when the real mess will hit the fan in regards to conference realignment.
As of 11:30 pm CT, though, Texas officials were pondering the idea of remaining in the Big 12—especially after Beebe pitched the financial promo of adding more income to the remaining members of the conference.
Numerous reports have surfaced time and time again—both online and in print/television journalism—that Texas A&M has turned down the Pac-10 and will be the newest member of the SEC.
If you want my opinion, I think the Aggies are just dreaming.
And they want that orange-blood attention that Big 12 breakup controversy has centered on to return to the glory days of old when Texas A&M used to be competitive in football.
Sorry, Aggies—not going to happen.
Here’s the thing: The lifeline of the Big 12 conference truly does lie with Texas.
But Beebe has absolutely been the savior if the Big 12 somehow remains intact.
We’ll all know soon enough if the Longhorns decide to abandon a conference they both began and dominated, or if they will leave for the supposed riches that await in a Pac-16 super conference.
Personally, I still have faith the conference will remain together—just as I have all along.
And until it’s a done deal, I won’t believe a word about the divorce.
Plus, I truly believe the Big 12 really will continue to be a conference with tremendous schools and leadership, and they’ll continue to dominate NCAA athletics like they have in the past.
Maybe it’s a good thing Nebraska and Colorado left after all.
Ten members in this newly formed Big 12 is beginning to look more and more like reality.
Thank you, beyond words, Dan Beebe…
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org