A&M is gone and OU is going to follow. They see the writing on the wall too. The Big 12 is dead. The question is: What’s next? There are plenty of choices, this is the case for Texas Independence (remember the Alamo – they fought alone). But this is a big decision. There are three primary stakeholders in this decision – so here’s a reason for each.
1. ESPN – Do it for The Money
Admit it ESPN, you overpaid but thanks for the money. But I have good news. Texas A&M just saved the Longhorn Network. When the Big 12 dissolves, we own our TV rights - first tier. And guess who gets them? Take that to the cable companies. Alumni got your back – we’ll speak up when it’s a whole season of games. And pay. You have more at stake than anyone.
Plus, our schedule this year is set. You have a full year to start filling. We already have a lot of games scheduled going forward. You are paying us, use that money to buy some games. And Baylor will never say “No.”
2. The Team – Do it for the Recruiting
Right now we look weak. A&M took control and made a bold move. It’s our turn for a bold move. Give recruits something to be proud of. You’re on TV in your home state, every week. And ESPN will get the high school games on. You want more leverage on NCAA restrictions, go it alone. Super conferences mean the end of the NCAA anyway. BCS tournament – done. Power and money to the schools and the TV channels.
3. Administration – Do it to Save the A&M Game
Do it for the fans. Yes, your pride is hurt but do it for us. We live together and what fun would it be if we didn’t fight? There is no need for hurt feelings. A&M made the right decision for them, so did Nebraska. Let them go and let’s move on. Please save the game.