During a radio appearance on 670 the Score earlier this week, former Pittsburgh Panthers head coach and Fox Sports college football analyst Dave Wannstedt says he’s hearing from folks very high up the college athletics food chain that some of the remaining eight Big 12 Conference members will soon be divvied up amongst what’s left of the Power Five setup.
In particular, he’s hearing that the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Kansas State Wildcats will join the Pac-12, the West Virginia Mountaineers will join the ACC, and the Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas Jayhawks will join the Big Ten.
Here it is. Dave Wannstedt says he was at the FOX meetings and was told KU to the B1G. KState to the Pac12. pic.twitter.com/h4DPU9oTST— Mike Vernon (@M_Vernon) August 24, 2021
Of course, that leaves out the Baylor Bears, TCU Horned Frogs and Texas Tech Red Raiders from the party, all of whom would make up part of the venerable Lone Star TV market.
So, how true might these rumblings play out? That’s hard to say.
Then again, it’s realignment season – and anything can happen now that the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners have let the genie out of the bottle by joining the SEC.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Taking a tour of Texas’ 2021 football schedule, game by game
Austin American-Statesman: Another year, another season of NCAA title expectations for Texas
Austin American-Statesman: Is Sarkisian ready for this Texas pressure cooker?
Dallas Morning News: Big 12′s exclusion from CFB Alliance isn’t a death blow, but raises concerns for those remaining
247Sports: The Insider: Offensive depth chart coming together
247Sports: Key indicators pointing to Hudson Card being named Texas’ starting quarterback
247Sports: Updates from Steve Sarkisian following Thursday’s practice
Inside Texas: Gameplan: The 5 most challenging players on Texas’ schedule
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
Podcast: Previewing the Kansas State Wildcats
247Sports: Mike at Night: Decisions coming for Texas targets?
247Sports: Longhorns one of several schools standing out for 2023 cornerback Rodrick Pleasant
Inside Texas: IT Recruiting Matters: Decision day for On300 DL Aaron Bryant
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Austin American-Statesman: TCU eager to prove its worth amid Big 12 uncertainty
Frogs O’ War: Midweek Musing: TCU Football, picked fifth in the preseason poll, can win the Big 12. Here’s how.
The Smoking Musket: Isaiah Cottrell fully cleared to return for West Virginia
Wide Right & Natty Lite: 2021 Iowa State Position Previews: Safeties
WHAT WE’RE READING
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NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND
- Texas alum Lil’Jordan Humphrey is making his presence known during the New Orleans Saints’ preseason.
Lil’Jordan Humphrey preseason TD from he who will not be named pic.twitter.com/irWxQIXoyR— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) August 24, 2021
- RIP former Texas men’s basketball coach Barry Dowd.
Barry Dowd. RIP. #TexasFamily— Texas Men's Basketball (@TexasMBB) August 26, 2021
Assistant Coach (1976-82).
- A day late but no less cool on the part of the Longhorn legend.
VY Days until kickoff. pic.twitter.com/zOTm73bqoz— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) August 25, 2021