Just when everyone was ready to pronounce the Big 12 dead, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced late Tuesday night that his conference was not going to expand.
Yes, you read that correctly. The landing point most rumored for Texas, Oklahoma (and their step-brothers Oklahoma State and Texas Tech) said “Thanks, but no thanks.”
One can only imagine the reactions across Big 12 country. MU Chancellor and Chair of the Big 12 Board of Directors Brady Deaton had to have been dancing in his pajamas. Baylor and Iowa State? Their fist pumps had to fit right into this compilation. Kansas and Kansas State were singing in the wheat fields (sorry, no YouTube video for that, though if anyone finds one, let us know).
What it means going forward? You saw in the blog post below (or here, if you need a link), Oklahoma’s demands if it is to stay. It stands to reason that to get the league off of death’s doorstep, the rest of the schools would support those.
The question is whether Texas will give in. It might have other options. We’ll explore this more over the next few days in the Missourian, but for those who are in favor of keeping the Big 12 together, the news out of the Pac-12 is the best they could have hoped for.
Having said that, if we’ve learned anything from all of this, it’s that we don’t know what’s going to happen until it happens. To steal a line from an old NBA marketing campaign, This is realignment: Where “the last thing you expect” happens.