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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:28 PM

Big 12 exploring alliance with ACC, two other leagues

The Big 12 is actively exploring a possible alliance with the Atlantic Coast Conference and two other unspecified leagues for purposes of scheduling and marketing and possibly even television partnerships in a move that could preclude those leagues from further expansion.

“We’ve had conversations with three other leagues,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told the American-Statesman on Friday afternoon. “The ACC is one of them. It’s a process of discovery that would provide some of the benefits of larger membership without actually adding members.”

Bowlsby declined to name the other two leagues, but the Pac-12 Conference is presumed to be one of them because that 12-team league is landlocked with the Big 12 to its east, which makes Pac-12 expansion with like major-college institutions more geographically prohibitive.

Bowlsby said the topic would probably be discussed during the two-day meetings of the Big 12 athletic directors that begin Monday in Grapevine but stressed that “certainly nothing is imminent” about a potential alliance.

Continued at http://www.statesman.com/news/sports/big-12-exploring-alliance-with-acc-two-other-leagu/nT7Bt/ .

Cross-posted in the Texas Group---http://www.democraticunderground.com/10785583 .

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:09 PM

1. Just give me back the Southwest Conference.

Minus the traitorous Aggies.

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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 02:17 AM

2. Do you mean the original SWC that included my alma mater,

Southwestern University (Georgetown)? The other charter members of the conference were Baylor, Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University), Rice, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Don't laugh El Supremo! The first intercollegiate baseball game in the state of Texas on April 21, 1884 where Southwestern destroyed the University of Texas 52-12.

Southwestern also beat Texas in football the first time we played each other (11-9 in 1908) and one more time (14-7 in 1943) when we won the Sun Bowl that season.

Then back in 1988 SU took UT in the Texas league of lacrosse (club sport).

I even attended one baseball game at Disch-Falk around 1990 where we gave the highly regarded UT baseball team a good fight and had a 4-2 lead at the end of the fifth inning. Those great records that the team had in the 80's were related primarily to the fact that UT played about 75%-80% of their games at home and Disch-Falk is larger than most of the other university fields by about 30-40 feet. Had the game been at SU, then UT would have lost since we had a number of hits in the final innings that would have been homers instead of caught balls resulting in outs.

Just exercising some Texas bragging rights among friends!

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:41 AM

3. yeah, that might be a conference Texas would have a chance to win more than once every five years

Assuming Arkansas wasn't in it. Baylor and Texas Tech are hit or miss, and you've got to figure TCU to have a down year or two. So, yeah, the Longhorns could compete there.

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