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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Big 12 ADs seeking stability

Expansion secondary topic at meeting

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— Big 12 athletic directors discussed ways during their meeting Tuesday to stabilize their league before they can determine if and how much they might expand.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard, the chairman of the Big 12 ADs, said there were “healthy discussions” about what might happen numbers-wise in the future.

“There’s a lot of possibilities. It could be nine, it could be 10, it could be 12, it could be 16, pick a number,” Pollard said.

“I think what we’re more focused on is doing what we all believe is right for the membership of the Big 12 and the most important piece right now is the solidarity among the nine and finding a way to make sure that we provide that solidarity so that we can be stabilized before we entertain whether that should be nine, 10, 12, 16.”

The regularly scheduled fall meeting of the Big 12 ADs came a day after Texas A&M; was formally introduced as the SEC’s 13th member, a move that takes effect for the 2012-13 school year. The Aggies are the third member to leave in the past 15 months.

Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) began play in their new leagues this season.

Newly appointed interim commissioner Chuck Neinas took part in the meeting even though he will not officially take over his new role until Monday.

Pollard, who spoke on behalf of the league, said there is a process for stabilization. He wouldn’t go into specifics, but said there was a clear consensus among the nine schools on the items discussed.

“Ultimately we have to prove it because there will always be doubters,” he said. “All I can say is the people we were locking arms with in that room feel pretty committed to me. I take people on their word. I’m not worried about it at all.”

Pollard said formal agreements to ensure that stability were “still a work in progress” but insisted “all nine member institutions are fully engaged and committed” to putting those together.

He said everything would have to go through the normal chain of command with decisions made by the league’s board of directors, which is made up of the presidents and chancellors of the member schools.

The athletic directors spent a lot of time talking about ways to provide input to a special four-member committee appointed by the league’s board that is working on initiatives designed to provide solidarity and stability to the Big 12’s future.

That committee will be made up of the presidents or chancellors of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State.

When the nearly four-hour meeting ended late Tuesday, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds declined comment and referred all questions to Pollard.

“It’s a crazy time,” said Missouri athletic director Mike Alden, who also deferred to Pollard.

There have been persistent rumors that Missouri might be a possibility to follow Texas A&M; to the SEC.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive, though, reiterated Tuesday that his league’s presidents and chancellors are not currently considering any other schools for admission and that Texas A&M; was the only one to submit an application. Slive said he anticipates having just 13 members in 2012-13.

Pollard said there wasn’t much time spent talking about what other leagues were saying or doing, and that the focus was on what the remaining nine Big 12 schools needed to do to make their league viable for an extended period.

“You go through these processes and it’s an inward look and each institution has to figure out what really matters to them and you come out of it I think stronger on the other side. It feels like that today,” Pollard said.

“The nine of us in that room, we’ve been through a lot together, an awful lot together. Our obituary has been written several times and hasn’t come to fruition, and I think that’s strengthened us and we said this a year ago, that ultimately we have to prove it.”

Oklahoma president David Boren said last week that the nine remaining schools had “agreed” to give a six-year grant of their first- and second-tier television rights to the Big 12 for the next six years.

That means all revenue from the top television games — shown currently on networks owned by ABC/ESPN and Fox — would continue to go to the Big 12 even if a school left for another league.

The six-year term runs past the next negotiating period for the top-tier contract, currently with ABC/ESPN, in a bid to keep the nine schools together for the next contract.

While Pollard again didn’t get into specifics about what the ADs talked about regarding those TV rights, he said “everybody has been very forthcoming about doing what we know we need to do in order to get the stability that this league so deserves.”

Comments

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 2 months ago

Reports of Sheahorn in the corner sucking this thumb while in the fetal position during the meeting.

texashawk10 10 years, 2 months ago

Nope, just you seeing your reflection on the computer screen.

79ictjhawk 10 years, 2 months ago

What your issue with Sheahon? Is he a Christian too?

jahawkdave 10 years, 2 months ago

Heard there is big interest in a new big TV deal from the BRAVO network to televise weekly meetings, called Real Administrators of the Big 12. with hopes of Boren getting his very own spin-off

And they discussed new conf. names:(assuming we add a 10th)

There is an "i" in Big 12 The Big 1 + 9 The Big Drama The ME Conf The Big 8+4-2-1+1 The Jealous 9 TX and it's B*%ches

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 2 months ago

Big Brothers

Because all the cool kids (ou, ut, ku) are only allowed to go to the party if they bring their little brothers.

LawHawk2011 10 years, 2 months ago

This 6 year nonsense is just that, nonsense. It is all well and good that each school has pledged 1st and 2nd tier TV rights to the league for stability, but what happens when the league no longer exists? My understanding is that the league survives so long as it has 5 member schools, any fewer and it is disolved. What then happens if UT, TT, OU, and OSU get a sweet deal to the PAC and MU gets an invite to the SEC? My understanding is that KU, KSU, ISU, and Baylor would sh*t out of luck. This pledging of rights to the league is effective to stop individual defections but will do little to ward off a mass exodus. Just my $.02

LogicMan 10 years, 2 months ago

"the league survives so long as it has 5 member schools"

That could explain the footdragging on adding BYU or Louisville.

jgkojak 10 years, 2 months ago

Which is why you bring in a team like Air Force that will be just happy to be an AQ school - BYU would just go Indy again. If you have 12, and have BYU and two schools that have a serious stake in the B12- that's not gonna happen.

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