Thursday, February 21, 2013
Commish: Big 12 holding off on title game
By David Ubben
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby turned heads when he revealed the Big 12 was petitioning the NCAA for the right to bring back the Big 12 title game, despite the league having only 10 teams.
On Wednesday, he confirmed what many assumed at the time: The Big 12 only wants the right to hold a title game. Actually bringing it back isn't in the league's plans.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says the conference has no immediate plans to hold a football championship game, though he wants that option.
Bowlsby spoke Wednesday at a function for Oklahoma State's Spears School of Business. He says the television ratings and attendance at other conference championship games would indicate that such an event might not be such a wise idea for the Big 12 at this point.
If you've read this blog long, you know I think there's no question it's the right move for the Big 12 to stay far, far away from a title game unless it expands to 12 teams. But the petition was definitely an interesting move for the league, though one that may end up being pointless.
It doesn't offer any indication on the likelihood of expansion, since a 12-team league wouldn't need a petition to hold a championship game, though perhaps making the Big 12 an 11-team league might make that title game waiver come in handy.
That would ruin the whole "round-robin, one true champion" thing the Big 12 has going these days, though. There's nothing wrong with having options, and the Big 12 should have them, but Bowlsby's exercising the right one here in holding off on a title game.
The only way that changes is if the upcoming playoff system in the 2014 season vastly alters the landscape and, by default, changes the Big 12's position.
Until then, Bowlsby can keep repeating his stance on reviving the Big 12 championship game.