The Pac-10’s invitation to six of the Big 12 teams was designed to bring in the powerhouse markets of Texas and Oklahoma. Everything seemed to go as planned with Colorado accepting the Pac-10’s invitation and Nebraska, likewise, accepting an invitation from the Big Ten. The Big 12 was as good as history, right? Wrong.
The University of Texas has screwed USC once again.
Texas declined the Pac-10’s offer yesterday, with the remaining Big-12 schools following step. The reason? Texas wanted to keep control over its local television contracts and thus higher guaranteed revenue. The Big-12 would allow Texas this control, the Pac-10 wouldn’t. This guarantees Texas an additional $25 million a year, with the other remaining schools projected to double their previous year’s earnings.
So what the hell to do with Colorado? Here’s a less than attractive answer: Utah. Yes, that’s right, Utah will be most likely be Colorado’s Pac-10 counter weight. I know, it’s like we tried to pick up the hot chick in a bar (Texas/Oklahoma) and we woke up the next morning with her ugly friend (Colorado) and her chubby cousin (Utah) .
So now the Big 12 is the new Big 10, and the Big Ten (which was really the Big Eleven) is the new Big Twelve and the Pac 10… it’s the Pac 11, at least for the foreseeable future.