View Full Version : Big 12 blew it by eschewing playoff

06-07-2010, 05:16 AM
Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe all but killed his own conference on April 30, 2008.

That’s when he decided to team up with the Big Ten and Pac-10 to reject a four-team playoff being pushed by the SEC and ACC. If the Big 12 (and/or the Big East) had supported it, the so-called “Plus One” model likely would’ve happened.

Even that modest playoff would have meant hundreds of millions of additional revenue for college athletics. It would have then allowed for easy expansion for an even more lucrative 16-team postseason. That would have solved all the monetary concerns that have left the Big 12 on the verge of collapse at the hands of its one-time allies, the Big Ten and Pac-10.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany admitted to Congress a 16-team playoff could gross four times what the current Bowl Championship Series does – in other words about $900 million annually.

He opposed it anyway. Beebe and the others never seemed to ask why. They’re finding out now.

Conference expansion is about to forever alter college athletics: destroying traditions, hammering taxpayers and increasing competition. It will leave once-major programs out of the loop, consolidate power and extend the gap between haves and have nots – even within leagues such as the Big Ten.

No one is in a more desperate spot than the Big 12, which this week could see as many as eight league members receive invites to leave.


06-07-2010, 08:54 AM
At some point I'm just going to say **** college football. The money grabbing tactics that they're trying is going to kill the sport with only a few teams able to take the cake each year. In some ways its already that way. Creating a Pac 16 conference would only make it worse.

06-07-2010, 09:00 AM
As an Aggie, I hope that A&M, Texas, OU and OSU all make it into the Pac 10. I would love to have a perennial crack at upsetting USC.

06-07-2010, 09:18 AM
Dan Beebe is skeered of the SEC. Can't really blame him. The odds of a Big 12 MNC would decrease dramatically in this format.

Joe Texan
06-07-2010, 01:18 PM
If Texas were man enough they would have tried to get into the SEC the pro division of College Football