Arguably the biggest sports story of the summer was the possible disbanding of the Big 12.
After Nebraska bolted for the Big Ten, and Colorado snuck out the backdoor to the Pac-10, the Big 12 found itself on life support. And Texas was left holding the cord.
Big 12 Commisioner, Dan Beebe, launched a desperate scramble to attempt to contain the bleeding and salvage the rest of the conference. He played every card in his deck including this little gem of an email that he sent out to all the Big 12 schools on June 1:
"For those considering possible membership in the Pac-10, I hope that full consideration is given to the student-athlete and fan experience. I grew up in Pac-10 territory and although there are outstanding institutions in the conference, the facilities and fair-weather fans are a disappointment. I suggest that the fan support for their regular-season games and championships, and the accompanying image that projects, should be carefully examined."
Dan Beebe's comments left many Pac-10 fans scratching their heads and questioning their own fair-weather status. Understandably, a few feathers were ruffled, but it's easy to see where Dan Beebe is coming from.
In Texas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma football is king and die-hards are more prevalent than steakhouses and speed traps. It was those fans that Beebe was speaking to, reminding them that Pac-12 fans would rather go tanning, hug some trees, go to some frat parties, or hit the slopes than go to watch their teams lose to the might of the former Big 12.
Whether true or not, it seemed to tighten the reigns of the football stallions waiting to get out of the Big 12's stable.
So for posterity's sake, here's a rundown of the fair-weather fans rankings in the Pac-12. This one is for you, Mr. Beebe.