OK so it looks like the Big X lives to fight another day. But why just survive when you can kick ass?
Is it just me or is the Big X not really any weaker without Colorado or Nebraska?
In fact, not having to beat down Colorado or suffer miserable trips to Lincoln for field-goal-fests could only help the overall strength of schedule. Don't forget the Big XII South has been about the most exciting and powerfull football conference since the beginning of the BCS. Now is the time for the Big XII to consider making moves to expand, possibly to super conference status. What teams would you like to see added and why? a few that come to mind..
BYU - Strong National Mormon following (read $$$).
Memphis - Package deal could bring Fedex as a major sponsor of the Big XII
Rice - AAU with a long rivalry tradition with Texas.
Tulane - AAU university with new market possibilities
New Mexico - Flagship university of state with population growth trend
Houston - Fast-tracked by Texas lege. to become tier 1 within 5 years
Louisville - Strong basketball and competitive football. New Market
Pittsburgh - AAU and good athletic Department. New market possibilities
UNLV - Vegas baby!
TCU - Strong Athletics
Arkansas - Would be interested to see how new Big X contract stacks up against SEC tv deal.
LSU - a pipe dream for sure but I would like to see a yearly neutral-site game of UT vs LSU in Reliant Stadium (The Katrina Bowl?)
Who would you like to see added to the league? Personally I would hope for a good mix of athletics and academics. Add the 3 AAU schools I mentioned (Rice, Tulane, Pitt) and then 3 strong athletic teams out of the other possibilities. I'm sure that the State of Texas would love to add more BCS money to the state economy and would push for Houston or TCU to be included as well. Where do we go from here?