Conference Realignment's Family Feud: Who to Blame for Collapse of Big 12?

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Conference Realignment's Family Feud: Who to Blame for Collapse of Big 12?
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The new Longhorn Network has proven to be incredibly polarizing.

The wheels are in motion once again.

It was just last summer that college football was sitting in a state of uncertainty with many of its biggest programs seeking more profitable waters in different conferences.

After an abrupt halt to many of the biggest potential moves, it seemed the idea of conference realignment had been put on hold.

Just three weeks into the 2011 football season, realignment talk has reared its ugly head, but this time, it looks and feels like the real deal.

Texas A&M kick-started the subject when it made very clear that it was attempting to gain access to the SEC, a deal that is likely to happen sooner than later.

The late hours of Sunday and early Monday saw a massive amount of activity.  

The ACC approved the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh into the conference, and it seems that UConn, Rutgers and even Notre Dame could soon follow.

Not long after, Texas and Oklahoma made headlines when their respective Board of Regents gave the athletic departments carte blanche to pursue admission into the Pac-12 conference. 

With college football's biggest powers on the move again, many traditional conferences are in danger of extinction.

In particular, the Big 12, already having to deal with the probable loss of A&M, could potentially lose the four other big shots in the conference (Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech).  

In the last few hours, the idea of the Big 12 absorbing the Big East has been floated around.  While this could possibly save the floaters left in the respective conferences as well as the Big 12 name brand, one thing is clear: The Big 12 as we know it is dead.

So who's to blame?

Let's take a look at the players involved in the demise of one of college footballs more recognizable conferences and, in turn, assign appropriate blame where it is deserved.

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