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So, like everybody else on this message board, I've been combing the netwebz for the past several weeks looking for any morsel I can find regarding Clemson and Big 12 expansion. However, I wonder if there is something else in play here that the Clemson BOT has considered.
I saw a post, and I think it was on here, where Texas does not want to sign a Grant of Rights for an additional 13 years. I assume they only want to sign it for 5 or 6? Also, it seems from several sources that Texas is either still trying to play the role of lead dog or is in fact being the bully with regard to expansion. Here is my question.
If Clemson were to make a play for the Big 12, a big part of that (other than money) would be to be in a conference with Texas and Oklahoma, two of the power brokers in college football. If Texas is reluctant to give a GOR for more that 4-6 years, what assurances would Clemson or FSU have that Texas wouldn't bolt for the PAC 12 in 2018?
Why would Texas do this? So let's say that Texas is part of a newly constituted Big 12 with TCU, WVU, FSU and Clemson. Texas still tries to be the tail that wags the dog, and gets frustrated that they are being outvoted by the other member schools on a host of issues. Texas doesn't like having to play nice with the other schools who they view as inferiors, and decides to bolt for the Pac-12.
That would leave Clemson and FSU in a Texas-less conference, which would really lose its star power pretty quickly.
This is just speculation, but its something to think about.
(This was not meant to be a pro-Big 12 or anti-Big 12 post, so I don't need to hear the arguments on the merits of a move.)
I would find it hard to believe any network would give a long term deal to the Big12 without an assurance that UT would be part of the league.
"Texas does not want to sign a Grant of Rights for an additional 13 years. I assume they only want to sign it for 5 or 6"
Everyone has signed a GOR for 6 years. It will be extended to 13 when the new TV deal is signed. Texas is going to sign it. Anyone who suggests otherwise is 100% wrong.
"it seems from several sources that Texas is either still trying to play the role of lead dog or is in fact being the bully with regard to expansion."
This is nonsense. Stop reading Greg Swaim. He is a fucking idiot.
"Texas doesn't like having to play nice with the other schools who they view as inferiors, and decides to bolt for the Pac-12."
This is madness. Pac 12 will not take the LHN and the LHN provides too many millions of $ to the academic side of the university to ever be abandoned.
This post was edited by TuxedoYoda 22 months ago
Dam Tux. Hitting me pretty hard there. Most of my points were only suppositions.
Texedo ... So just to clear things up, should we listen to Greg Swaim or not?
Thanks Tux - that makes me feel better - I was feeling a little uneasy about Tex. Now, can you make me feel better about ND should they land in the B12 in any capacity?
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