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Good Question - Can The Big 12 Conference Survive?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

There are a lot of questions about the pending doom of the Big 12 Conference. Will politics play a role? When would the changes take place? What happens to the schools that are left out? These are all good questions.

There is no doubt the Big 12 Conference is on life support. So far, Colorado has announced it's gone. Reports suggest that Nebraska, Texas, Texas Tech, A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are ready to move.

If 7 of the Big 12 teams decide to dump the conference and join another league, will there be a Big 12 football and basketball season this year? The answer is, yes. The changes would take place at the beginning of the 2011 football season. If reports hold true, Kansas, K-State, Iowa State, Missouri and Baylor will be the odd men out. So what happens to them?

Well, they would have to find another home, and since teams like KU and K-State are not a package deal, you could see the Hawks and Cats in separate leagues. So long, Sunflower State Showdown.

Then, there is the role of politics. Could Washington save the Big 12? The answer here is, yes, but it's a long shot. Just today, U.S. Representative Chet Edwards of Texas urged the Texas Lt. Governor and Texas Speaker of the House to call immediate hearings in the Texas Legislature on the impact to the state of Texas if the Big 12 Conference is disbanded.

Politics have played a major role in the formation of conferences in the past, particularly in Texas. Yesterday, Kansas Senator and K-State alum Pat Roberts told the Omaha World Herald that if the Big 12 falls apart, Congress could act.

If you have a good question, send it to Jeff Herndon@KAKE.com. He'll do his best to answer your good question every Thursday on KAKE News at 6.


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