Fathers Day Update
This mornings Fort Worth Star-Telegram has an article based on Craig James call for Arkansas and TCU to be invited to the Big XII.
He makes a lot of the same points that were voiced in this column the middle of last week.
So is there a move afoot?
Who knows, but when the media and a former SMU Pony are writing and talking about it there may be more to the story than many in Arkansas know.
On a side note, Craig James has not been the biggest proponent of TCU to a BCS conference till now, so what caused the change of heart?
Or is he just the mouthpiece that introduces the idea to those outside the world of blogging and insider pages?
Is this a picture of a future conference game between the Aggies and Hogs?
If my sources are correct, Arkansas and an unnamed Ft. Worth School are going accept bids to the Big 12 on Friday.
Not so fast there Batman!
A couple big-dollar players are involved, and they could be pulling the strings that lead to a reformed SWC. Not a new conference, but as close to the original one as is possible today.
So what is driving this deal?
The first name that comes up is Jerry Jones, an Arkansas alum and member of the 1964 National Championship team.
He has this shiny new facility in Arlington that craves big events, and what better way to fill it than by adding Big 12 games at Jerry's World? Besides, if the Big 12 loses its title game, that will take a big event away that would have brought in millions not only to the facility, but also to DFW as a whole.
Now throw in the fact that Jerry wants the Hogs playing their old rivals again, and we have some primordial soup brewing here.
The Aggies, Tech, and Baylor are all ready playing games there, as is TCU this September.
So this brings us to the TCU question...
What could possibly persuade the powers at UT to allow the little Froggies to play on their court?
Money, and a sticky little thing called recruiting.
If the Hogs come back to the fold, that still leaves the Big 12 at 11, not enough for a title game. But...what if TCU is a part of the package? Great sports, academics, and location. The sticking points are alumni and student population.
So Jerry offers up Cowboys Stadium to host home games against Texas, A&M, OU, and Arkansas. Now the Frogs have a second home field (albeit 15 miles east of campus) that teams want to play in.
Or there could be an even more reasoned explanation...the SEC.
With the Aggies backing out of a marriage with the SEC, could it be that they have made overtures that Texas could not handle?
TCU to the SEC?
Haven't we learned that never is just "until it changes" in the world of BCS football?
Call me crazy, but "the times, they are a'changin."