La Cosa Longhorns

June 11, 2010

Written by Jon Miller

Hawkeye Nation

I think I have had my fill of Chip Brown from Orangebloods.com.

I tip my cap to him as the guy who wrote the report last Thursday that six Big 12 schools were going to get invites from the Pac 10 and leave the league.  That sent the expansion discussions into overdrive and perhaps sped up the process.  So thanks for that.

You probably enhanced your career quite a bit with your reporting late last week, as your face was plastered all over ESPN and your voice was heard around the country.  That is great, too…it’s always good to see people from new media breaking news and enhancing the reputation of this new electronic world.

I also get that your sources were inside the Texas athletic department, and in this business, if you don’t have good working relationships with folks in athletic departments, you don’t last long and you won’t likely make a name for yourself unless you go to the profane and inappropriate deck of cards.

I mean all of this, sincerely.

However, given a tweet you sent out on Friday afternoon, I think I have had enough of the grandstanding by proxy.

Here was his tweet:  “Big 12 South schools headed for Pac-10 in 2012 caught off guard by Neb move to B10 in 2011.”

What?  How in the world was Texas caught off guard by this?  The President of Texas spoke with the President of Ohio State, via email, back in April.  Texas was very likely extended an unofficial invite to the Big Ten.  Jim Delaney talked about southern expansion in May.  He was talking directly to Texas, without mentioning their name.

Nebraska and the Big Ten have been rumored for weeks and months.  The Big 12 South schools were all of the sudden caught off guard that Nebraska could move to the Big Ten by 2011?

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Please.

It was either going to be 2011 or 2013, because the Big Ten schedules two years out.  Iowa didn’t play Purdue or Illinois last year and won’t this year.  They come back on the schedule next year and two teams drop off…or at least, that is what was planned.  You likely couldn’t play the 2011 schedule, the first year of the next two year cycle, without giving the road teams in 2011 the return game that is promised them in 2012.  Perhaps you are unaware of that aspect, given your location…then again, the Big 12 plays a two year rotator with three teams, so that concept can’t be foreign to you.

We realize that you are acting as a mouthpiece for Texas AD Deloss Dodds, and I am beginning to wonder if you even hit the urinal without firing off a text to Boss Deloss to get his say so.

Texas has tried to orchestrate things so that they benefit the most for Texas.  Who is going to argue that?  That’s understandable and it’s business.

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However, Texas has tried to set Nebraska up as a straw man for the past 10 days, with you playing the role of their advocate, and it’s beyond tired.

Yes, I will defend Nebraska here…especially since they are one of ‘ours’ now.

Nebraska did what was best for them, based on their belief that the Big 12 was on shaky ground going forward.  Why was it on shaky ground?

Texas doesn’t want to share revenues equally amongst all conference schools, Texas has been in the business of ‘Texifiying’ the conference since it got in the league, wiping away as many remnants of the Big Eight as they could.  Again, that is their perogative and if the other Big 12 schools were foolish enough to allow it, you reap what you sew.

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But Nebraska had had enough playing the third fiddle, if even that much, in that league.  It’s embarassing watching Oklahoma follow Texas around like a lap dog these past few weeks, given the stature of their football program.  Nebraska has too much self respect for that, and they also provide value.

They will come into the Big Ten and get an equal seat at the table after a very short while.  It’s a great fit for them.

They aren’t the ones that started the demise of the Big 12; that fate was sealed long ago with a lack of revenue sharing, and the table was titled southward.

I’ll still read your stuff because you are a good writer and I like the subject matter.  However, if Texas is looking for the bad guy in all of this, it only needs to look into the mirror.

Nebraska fans, this is called someone in your conference having your back…welcome to the Big Ten.

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