Originally Published: Jun 7, 2010 7:56 PM CDT
You can bust me if Texas goes to the Big 10. Nothing fits. Except big money. The reasons are numerous, but the one that stands out to me is something I’m not hearing.
Texas politics is as big as anything in the state that loves to promote that everything is big in Texas. But it’s true. State politics may be able to upset the apple cart in the probable Pac-10 push to take in five teams in the Big 12 South and Colorado. Despite the fact that the Pac-10 and Colorado have been dating for years, Texas politics may force Baylor down the league on the West coast. I can’t see itbut it’s possible.
The political part that makes this Texas-to-the-Big 10 thing all but impossible is this fact: Texas can’t shake A/M; not even Tech (see reports of an email exchange between the Ohio State AD and the Texas president who wrote that there was a problem with the “Tech thing”).
That means the Big 10 would get Texas, Texas A/M, Tech and perhaps Baylor. Or they get nothing. Think they are going to absorb that foursome? No.
The fate of the Big 10and thus, the college football futureis tied to the decisions of Notre Dame. And to a smaller degree, Nebraska.
If the Irish swallow their pride and join a conference, unless the Big 10 lets Nebraska in, we will probably not see the big paradigm shift that’s all the rage. And don’t look for Texas to land in West Lafayette and Iowa City anytime soon.