The Big XII TV deal is what Deaton campaigned for...
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 01:46:16 CT
Last spring he couldn't get everyone in the Big XII to commit to TV rights as Big XII Chairman. You know...those rights that they're now swearing means they have "stability". Last spring the conference voted NO.
If you don't believe me look it up (but you won't because you're in denial). There was a vote to commit the grant of rights presented by Deaton and the Big XII voted NO.
After what would become the second year in a row the PAC-12 didn't take the schools of the Big XII south they finally gave the grant of rights up. But it was too late...we were already gone at that point.
Current Big XII members refuse to talk about the fact that Texas, OU, OSU, and Texas Tech were trying to leave for the second year in a row.
^^^^^I cannot stress the above statement enough. Not one has had a valid argument.
Nebraska, Colorado, Mizzou, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas Tech were trying to leave the Big XII for 2 years. Half of them were successful.
They're hoping for revisionist history by claiming that Missouri caused all of this mess. You can stick your head in the sand as much as you want...but because of the sunshine laws in Oklahoma the emails are public and the idiots are wrong. The ONLY reason the Big XII still exists is because the PAC-12 didn't make concessions to programs like USC/UCLA for the PAC-12 Network and couldn't then make concessions to Texas with their Longhorn Network.
That's when Larry Scott threw the hammer down and said they weren't expanding. Texas' demands became too much...it was a deal breaker. Big XII fans never want to acknowledge this because it makes them feel small.
I hate to drag everyone back down to reality but this is how it happened.
I personally think the Big XII finally has solid leadership and will probably be ok. They'll likely add Cincinnati and Louisville and be ok. But losing universities named after states and replacing them with schools named after cities is not an upgrade. Sorry.