Big 12 Realignment: Texas Proves Teams Don't Need To Jump Into New Situations

Rachel MarcusCorrespondent IJune 14, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Quarterback Garrett Gilbert #3 of the Texas Longhorns drops back to pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Citi BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Amidst all of this college expansion craziness, we have found loyalty. Well, sort of.

Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma are staying in the Big 12 despite almost jumping ship for the Pac-10 and SEC, respectively. It's good to know that teams still stick with what is right instead of going with the big splash (LeBron, still go for the splash).

After Nebraska left for the Big Ten and Colorado jumped to the Pac-10, the Big 12 appeared to be left for dead.

But Texas stuck their horns in everyone's faces and proved that change is not always necessary, and that with their support, the Big 12 conference can remain strong (and rich).

And now, it's time for everyone to stop speculating. Unless someone has confirmed information, let's stop saying that "this team" and "that team" is going to "this" conference. Just let it play out.

And for those of us in college, this actually affects us, so we should be the ones making the speculations to begin with.

But like I said before, it's unnecessary. Leave it to the pros, or no one for that matter. Switching conferences may make a team more money (which is what it's all about these days), but it won't make a last-place team a first-place one.

For example, Colorado moved to the Pac-10. Whoop-dee-do. They are still bad at both football AND basketball. Ouch.

It's refreshing to see Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma stay confident in the Big 12's chances.

The Big 12 lost two teams. So what? Sure, the loss of Nebraska may sting, but they still have Texas and Oklahoma.

Kansas and Iowa State fans are cheering all over. Because their conference has miraculously survived thanks to the faith of a team like Texas, which will keep the conference strong.

It doesn't get much better than that.