Go back roughly 20 years and you’ll see where the Big 12 Conference went wrong.
Essentially, by standing pat in terms of drawing in top-rated programs to accompany the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners, among the conference’s other programs, it failed in thwarting the SEC and Big Ten’s eventual momentum. That’s how we got to today.
But as the Pac-12 shrivels to 10 following the departures of the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins in 2024, the Big 12 – with its new, media-minded commissioner – can capitalize by adding the Pac-12’s leftovers, including the Phoenix and Seattle markets, if at all possible.
Then again, there’s a lot that needs shaking loose before we get to that point.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Why did Ivan Melendez wear the soon-to-be retired No. 17 at Texas?
Dallas Morning News: Dallas resident Tommy Morrison loses final round of North and South Amateur
Dallas Morning News: Another round of realignment leaves more money for top dogs, mere scraps for everyone else
247Sports: Morning Brew: How the latest seismic shifts in realignment affect Texas
Inside Texas: Inside Scoop: Neyor at work, Fab Five Frosh OL + Osborne, Hale, Toviano notes
Inside Texas: Inside Scoop: Texas, SEC, and realignment
Inside Texas: Monday: Texas’ impact on realignment
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
Austin American-Statesman: Golden: Texas should embrace its recent recruiting criticisms
Dallas Morning News: Analyzing the quarterbacks in SportsDay’s Top 100 area recruits for the Class of 2023
247Sports: The Stampede: Where Texas stands with 10 most important remaining prospects
247Sports: Breakfast Bites: Scattershooting on the last two weeks of Texas recruiting
247Sports: College football recruiting: Recapping the July 4 fireworks
247Sports: Sunday Night Huddle: Latest Texas Longhorns recruiting intel
Inside Texas: Texas Longhorns: Who could be next to commit
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Oklahoman: Tramel: Big Ten expansion could mean early Big 12 exit for OU, Texas
Oklahoman: Tramel: USC-UCLA move to Big Ten could help Big 12 in realignment
Austin American-Statesman: Five thigns to know about next Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark
Dallas Morning News: Where are they now? Tracking SportsDay’s former No. 1 Dallas-area recruits
Crimson and Cream Machine: Oklahoma Sooners Football: Thoughts on USC and UCLA joining the Big Ten
Crimson and Cream Machine: Oklahoma Football: Skepticism about more conference realignment
Crimson and Cream Machine: Oklahoma Football Recruiting: 2023 LB Phil Picciotti commits to Oklahoma
Wide Right & Natty Lite: In the ring for round 3 of BOLD Cyclones football takes
Rock Chalk Talk: Kansas Football Transfer Enrollee Report: Jarrett Paul
Rock Chalk Talk: Kansas Football Summer Enrollee Report: Jalen Dye
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: Busting some false narratives about Aidan Hutchinson
SB Nation: NBA free agent signings 2022: Live updates tracking all deals and trades
NEWS ACROSS LONGHORN NATION AND BEYOND
- Prepare for more shoes to drop.
NEW: Since USC and UCLA jumped to the Big Ten on Thursday, 10 schools have reached out to Commissioner Kevin Warren. No formal applications submitted, but it's clear the league will think long and hard about adding anyone else -- except Notre Damehttps://t.co/AiVWVQFKVw— Laine Higgins (@lainehiggins17) July 5, 2022