Texas-Sized Turmoil in the Big 12

Matt Zvolanek@MattZvolanekCorrespondent IIJanuary 31, 2017

Texas-Sized Turmoil in the Big 12

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    There's a saying that goes, "Don't mess with Texas." 

    Just from that saying, many college football fans can agree that the Longhorns may be one of the most egotistical teams in the country. 

    Like the heroes in Ancient Greek mythology, Texas's ego may be its downfall.  Texas has pushed teams around for years, and now some of them are starting to take notice. 

The Beginning: The Formation of the Big 12

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    The Big 12 was officially formed in 1994.  However, play didn't start until 1996. 

    The Big 12 combined the entire Big Eight Conference with four members of the Southwest Conference.  The main member added was Texas, and they let everybody know they wanted control of the conference. 

    They moved the Big 12 headquarters from the former Big Eight headquarters in Kansas City to Irving, Texas.  Then there was the creation of the North and South divisions. 

    The creation of the divisions led to the destruction of one of college football's greatest rivalries in Nebraska-Oklahoma.  From the beginning of the Big 12, the seeds of discontent were sowed.

The Exodus: Nebraska and Colorado Leave

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    After 14 years in the Big 12, Nebraska and Colorado decided enough was enough.  They finished out the 15th season and then took their teams elsewhere. 

    Colorado accepted an invitation to the Pac-10/Pac-12, and Nebraska decided to take it tradition of winning to the Big Ten.  They had had it with the arrogant Longhorns.  Nebraska especially. 

    The 2010 season was a turbulent one filled with controversy (officials), hatred (against Texas and Dan Beebe) and vengeance (Nebraska wanted vindication against the Longhorns for Big 12 Championship in 2009). 

    Though the Huskers lost to the Longhorns, Nebraska felt some satisfaction knowing the Longhorns didn't make a bowl game.  Regardless, the Huskers and Buffaloes turned their backs and didn't look back. 

The Beginning of the End?: The Longhorn Network

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    The Longhorn Network.  An idea hatched to be like Notre Dame's deal with NBC and the Big Ten Network. 

    The idea came to fruition last summer when the Longhorns announced it.  Covered by ESPN, the Longhorn Network is guaranteed to be around for at least 20 years. 

    The Longhorns plan to put many of its sports teams on the network.  If this isn't a sign of ego, I don't know what is. 

OU and Texas A&M to the SEC?

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    In just the past few weeks, there has been talk of the Sooners and Aggies going to the SEC.  Why?  Because of the Longhorn Network. 

    There was speculation that Texas was going to put high school games with Texas recruits on the network.  No big deal, right?  Wrong.

    OU and Texas A&M saw this as a huge recruiting tool.  That didn't set well with them, and they let the Longhorns and the rest of the Big 12 know it. 

    Big 12 Commissioner, Dan Beebe, stepped in and put an end to the placement of high school games on the Longhorn Network.  Beebe also axed Texas' plan to put a Big 12 Conference football game on their network. 

    This would cause the opposing teams' fans to have to pay for the Longhorn Network to see their team (likely Baylor or Oklahoma State).  Beebe's intervention quieted the commotion, for now.

The Longhorn's Network Being Shunned by Fellow Big 12 Members

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    And the latest development in the uprising against the Longhorn Network, came during Big 12 media days.  The Longhorn Network was there getting interviews from other teams, but they didn't get all of the teams. 

    That's because Texas A&M and Baylor refused to talk to them. 

    What will happen next?  We will have to wait and see.  One thing is for certain, though. 

    The Longhorn Network is here, and it isn't going away anytime soon.