And looks like Texas played everyone for fools, "saving" the "Big 12" while also fixing NONE of the original problems. Apparently ESPN stepped up with a huge television contract in order to prevent the mega-conferences, which really makes no sense to me. How does the Big 12 losing a big TV market and a nationally popular team AND a end-of-season championship game justify a huge TV contract? And on top of that, Texas will make about $25 million a year from TV in addition to the ability to create their own TV network which will gain them additional money. Every other school is only poised to make $14 million from TV, which is THE ORIGINAL REASON WHY COLORADO AND NEBRASKA LEFT. They were sick of being screwed by Texas and making zero TV money while Texas made all of it. I give this new crappy conference two years before we have to go through all of this again.
Now the Pac-10 look like idiots for gaining virtually nothing, Colorado look like idiots for having to pay the Big 12 buyout when they're already strapped for cash, and the other 9 teams in the Big 12 look like idiots because they're spineless cowards who refuse to do anything independent of Texas. They're just Texas' bitches. Jury is still out over whether Nebraska made the right move or not.