Wednesday, September 7, 2011
By Ted Miller
Is the Pac-16 practically a done deal? Or is poor, ol' Baylor going to rally folks around Texas-ness, as if Texas is a foreign country or sumptin?
Or will legal threats complicate things? There's talk of lawyering up!
I thought folks in Texas liked free markets.
There's lots of speculation. Lots of "sources said." Here's the latest, which probably won't be anything like what actually happens.
- Jon Wilner writes that more than a few folks don't see Texas as being part of the deal. That might be true, but that would require Texas to (again) make a short-sighted business decisions. The Longhorns' most lucrative long-term move is the Pac-16. Period. Texas' best bet is to hush up and listen to Larry Scott, who's playing chess while others play checkers.
- George Schroeder, who knows his way around Oklahoma, believes the Sooners are on the cusp of joining the Pac-12, if not this week, then next.
- If you read the contract, there's little that prevents compromise on the Longhorn Network, so it could fit within a Pac-16 framework.
- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was grandstanding when he talked about ending the series with Texas -- about 2 percent chance of that happening -- but he probably enjoyed doing it.
- Colorado, which was eager to go all Californy, isn't eager to be reunited with its landlocked exes.
- Expansion? The coaches are focused on games but for the most part they've accepted it as inevitable.
Lots going on. Lots of chatter.
Here's the take-away.
The Pac-12, the Pac-14, the Pac-16 -- whatever -- is well-positioned. Commissioner Larry Scott is in a seat of power. Most of the players here are coming to him with hats in hand. He saw this coming months ago. And his conduct as commissioner thus far suggests he has a clear plan and vision that will work out best for the conference.
You don't have to like it. But you probably will have to get used to it.