For each of the last two rounds of conference realignment drama (and probably most of the rounds in the future, too), the Big 12 has been constantly under threat from all sides. Soon, a quarter of its members will have left in favor of the Big Ten (Nebraska), Pac-12 (Colorado) and SEC (Texas A&M). Until this week, up to four more members (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M) were linked to a second round of potential Pac-12 expansion, and a fifth (Missouri) has been linked to the SEC. In recent weeks, virtually every program has spent a portion of its time in touch with other conferences. With revenue inequality and historical bickering still around, the Big 12 is just about as dysfunctional as any conference has ever been. Last night, which entailed a round of press conferences following the resignation of commissioner Dan Beebe, did not assuage much of the uncertainty in the air.
This is a shame, because it is distracting from the fact that the Big 12 is as deep now as it has ever been.
That wraps up my first week as a full-time guy...it was a good one, I think.