By Pauly Balst
College Station, Texas, based sources close to Texas A&M confirm the scenario of Texas A&M, Texas and Nebraska joining the Big 10, bringing the total to 14. This is totally logical when you think about it. Hence, the “Tech problem”, as Texas Tech is attempting (has attempted?) to stand in the way. Everyone knows UT Austin drives the cattle in conference expansion, and well-heeled alumni have (loudly and repeatedly) let it be known they are not enthralled with going to Corvallis or Pullman for 11 pm EST Saturday night games. Conversely, and direct quoting: ”we love the idea of Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State road games” at their respective 110,000 seat Casas’ Grande. “We especially like the idea of those fans coming here (Texas) rather than the Baylors and Texas Techs, because those schools will fill hotel rooms and support local restaurants and businesses. It simply makes sense for Texas”. He continued, ”It will be a bowl game-like atmosphere every Saturday these schools come to town”.
Sources also confirmed the rift with Texas Tech and Baylor is that “UT and A&M have joined together in this decision”. By adding this trio, UT does not “go to war alone in a new conference” when ongoing issues arise. This scenario also appeases the Texas legislators seeking to avoid any role in any decision (unless its popular and they can later take credit for it). It ensures there will be Texas based programming each weekend, and “Texas based Big Ten football in Texas every Saturday” in the fall, a key element to the negotiations. No empty Saturdays for the State of Texas, or the Big Ten Network.
So it appears Texas is covered.
If Texas and A&M opt to move to the Big Ten, what ramifications does that have for the reported expansion of the Pac-10. Does it then become the Pac-14 instead of 16? Do they invite Kansas and Baylor into the mix. Hey, if Texas Tech can move to a conference with the word “Pacific” in it, why not Kansas.
Now looking to the east, the source confirms a combination of Notre Dame, Syracuse and Rutgers will join in the next phase, bring the mega conference to 16. This secures the New York/New Jersey megamarket. Notre Dame says no more than 14. but does the Leprechaun have any clothes at this point?
Could Notre Dame be left out?
Jack Swarbrick, The eyes of Texas are upon you.
To say this story is fluid and changing by the minute is a huge understatement.
Pauly Balst has a very solid reputation and track record in speculative journalism and for-profit amatuer athletics.