On Tuesday, the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences announced a historical alliance between the three Power Five conferences, countering the SEC’s recent move to add the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners. By and large, the alliance was cheered on as a historical move.
Then again, without any actual contracts signed between the three conferences, it wasn’t.
But why was the Big 12 Conference, undeniably the conference with the most already at stake during the latest round of realignment, left out in the cold when all was said and done?
The easy answer: Frankly, no one’s sure the Big 12 will even exist come 2023.
For more insight, read the The Athletic’s reporting on the issue.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: New Alliance arises to ‘stabilize college athletics’
Austin American-Statesman: Breaking down the Texas football roster, from top to bottom
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Banks found his niche in special teams, his home in Texas
Austin American-Statesman: Golden: Can Dicker the Kicker successfully pull triple duty in 2021?
Austin American-Statesman: Toppmeyer: The SEC must be laughing at ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten alliance
Dallas Morning News: Big 12′s exclusion from CFB Alliance isn’t a death blow, but raises concerns for those remaining
247Sports: Insider nuggets from Tuesday’s practice
Inside Texas: Steve Sarkisian: The quarterback whisperer
Inside Texas: Five biggest Texas Longhorns camp surprises add immediate impact, depth
Inside Texas: X’s and O’s glossary for the Steve Sarkisian era
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
Hudson Card reportedly leads in Texas QB battle
Kyle Flood hoping for steady improvement from Texas OL
247Sports: Longhorns one of several schools standing out for 2023 cornerback Rodrick Pleasant
247Sports: Stat Sheet: How Texas commits and targets fared in Week Zero
247Sports: The latest on five-star CB Denver Harris heading into the fall
247Sports: Elite WR Evan Stewart still sorting through recruiting options
Inside Texas: 10 Texas high school football players who could emerge as offer candidates
Inside Texas: Just In Time Evening News: Finkley, Bryant, Robertson + Arch Manning nugget
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Viva the Matadors: Tyler Shough named the starting quarterback for Texas Tech
The Smoking Musket: 2021 Opponent Preview: A preseason look at TCU
The Smoking Musket: 2021 Opponent Preview: A preseason look at the Baylor Bears
Wide Right & Natty Lite: 2021 Iowa State Position Previews: Cornerbacks
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: Vic Fangio names Teddy Bridgewater starting quarterback heading into season
SB Nation: The ‘Milk Crate Challenge’ is turning the entire world into ‘Jackass’ stars
SB Nation: The forgotten tale of Harry Colliflower, baseball’s worst ever pitcher
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND
- Bijan Robinson just launched an apparel company with Centre.
He was very involved in the creative process. Wrote about it this morning.https://t.co/8xda4hvA65— Mike Roach (@MikeRoach247) August 25, 2021
- The LSU Tigers are officially requiring Covid vaccinations or negative tests to watch games in person.
LSU will require all Tiger Stadium guests 12 years of age and older to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entry.— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) August 24, 2021
- Coming to a Longhorn amusement park near you ...
Also this season, Texas will unveil "Big Beertha," a refrigerated beer truck with 15 taps that could literally roll down Bevo Blvd. I approve of this concept.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) August 21, 2021