I think we are going to need some patience my SEC brethren. It is a forgone conclusion that we have a new member in our club. Yesterday I was ticked off for what was happening. Today, I can see why those BIG 9 schools are only doing what they can to try to save their status and their money. Do I like what they are doing? Heck no. But I can understand. Bottom line, we are going to have to find a little more patience until the smoke can clear a little. OU and the PAC aren't going to drag this out for the entire season. Sooner than later( no pun intended) OU will have to show its hand on what their future plans are. Again, I don't like this, but we are a strong conference. We know our path and can afford to wait a little bit longer to break out the band and the festivities. In the meantime, we have some business on the fields to take care of. Sorry Gamehens, you know the Dawgs own you. And Bama boys, you better Roll saturday, I have an investment that will reap very nicely if you beating those dam* yankees from Penn State.
Yesterday it was reported that Oklahoma had waived its right to sue Texas A&M and the SEC — as requested by the SEC. Today, ESPN.com’s Andy Katz and Joe Schad report that Texas has also said that it has waived its right to sue.
In addition, Texas Tech has apparently waived its right, too. A Red Raider spokesperson said: “Texas Tech is not involved in any legal action against Texas A&M, the SEC or any other parties. Texas Tech has no intentions whatsoever of being involved in any future lawsuits against Texas A&M, the SEC or SEC commissioner Mike Slive.”
In other words, most of the schools coveted by other leagues — namely the Pac-12 — aren’t in on the whole threatened lawsuit thing because they don’t want to find themselves staring down the barrel of a comparable lawsuit down the road.
Oklahoma State is the only school rumored to be a possible Pac-12 addition that hasn’t waived its right to litigate. Mega-booster T. Boone Pickens has stated that he believes the Big 12 will be dead in five years, but he’s also said that he prefer it stay alive. At OSU, Pickens has a large influence on what goes on… and his desire to save the Big 12 might explain why OSU isn’t waiving its rights a la OU, UT and TTU.
Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri are the remaining schools that have not waived their rights. Mizzou’s case is the most interesting.
Chancellor Brady Deaton has to look out for UM’s best interests, obviously. Earlier this week he pretty much admitted that everyone in the Big 12 — including Missouri — has been talking to other schools and other conferences about possible realignment.
At the same time, Deaton is the chairman of the Big 12 board of directors. So while looking out for Mizzou’s long-term security, he must also appear to be pro-Big 12. That would be your Grade A conflict of interest, folks.
But by not waiving his schools right to sue the SEC, Deaton may be hurting his school’s chances of landing in that very league. As we pointed out in our lengthy “Expounding on Expansion” series last summer, Missouri is a better fit with the SEC than most think. It’s home state borders three current SEC states. It brings in two major television markets. It has a sizable population, good sports, good academics and it expands the SEC’s footprint. Win, win, win, win, win and win.
But there are some (many, in fact) connected to the University of Missouri who believe the Tigers still dream of someday landing in the more Midwestern, more academically-respected Big Ten.
While no one knows what conversations are being had between Mizzou and SEC representatives behind closed doors — and we mean no one — if Deaton wants to save the Big 12, avoid the SEC and wait for a Big Ten bid down the road… refusing to waive his school’s right to sue the SEC is certainly a good way of going about it.