Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Beaty: Big 12 likely will have title game eventually

Kansas head coach David Beaty pulls off his headset after an offensive series during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach David Beaty pulls off his headset after an offensive series during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.


Tuesday’s annual post-spring Big 12 football coaches teleconference featured questions and answers about everything from position battles at individual schools to big-picture topics affecting the conference.

Second-year Kansas University coach David Beaty was asked about both during the 10 minutes he spent on the phone. And, in his typical Texas demeanor, with quirky wording and southern drawl, Beaty gave his input on where he thought the Big 12 Conference was headed in terms of moving toward playing a conference championship game again.

“As you know, I’ve got enough to say grace over right here at the University of Kansas to try to get this thing right, and we’re working hard at it every day,” Beaty said. “(There) are obviously looming issues that are coming down the pipe, and we know what we control is to go out there and put a great product on the field to represent our university and, really, our conference, which we feel is the top conference in the country. And we’ve gotta play at a (high) level consistently to be able to continue to be a part of the power that is the Big 12.”

That concept of representing the powerful Big 12 with pride was something Beaty continued to emphasize throughout the call.

“We’re trying to work on making sure we get our part right,” he said. “That’s kind of big in terms of just reinforcing the power of the Big 12.”

As for whether he thought a conference championship game would one day return to the Big 12 schedule, Beaty did not hide his prediction, even if it might be awhile before the Jayhawks factor into it.

“It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out,” he said. “I do believe that at some point there’ll probably be a championship game played.”

Since its inception in 1996, the Big 12 has hosted 15 conference championship games in football, one each year starting in 1996 and running continuously through 2010.

Since then, with conference realignment knocking the Big 12 from 12 members down to 10, the conference has used a round-robin schedule and the not-always-accurate “One True Champion” slogan to produce its champion, be it in an outright manner or through a system of tie-breakers.

With the end of the BCS era and birth of the College Football Playoff, the importance of having a 13th data point and extra opportunity to a prove a team’s worth of being included in college football’s Final Four has inspired the powers-that-be in the Big 12 to explore the idea of bringing back the title game, both with conversations at meetings and legislation with the NCAA.

Although his emphasis today is on doing everything in his power to return Kansas to a competitive state, Beaty said he had faith that the right thing would happen for the conference.

“We have unbelievable administrators that run our conference,” he said. “And they’re very smart, and they’re very good at what they do, and they know what we need.”


Doug Wallace 5 years, 7 months ago

The Big 12-2 looks so great! Yeah that is why we lost 4 teams and replaced them with 2 overrated teams! KU and the people at the top stop drinking the Big 12 Kool-Aid Seriously!

The more they boast things are going good the more its going to hell in a hand basket!

Hey maybe we will see pigs will fly and we will have unicorns as a halftime show event!

Please Pac-12 take Big 12 teams KU,OU,TTU,KSU,OSU away from this lousy incompetent loser conference!

Steve Corder 5 years, 7 months ago

Doug, I sometimes think, although briefly, about the B12 as you do. Yes, losing 4 schools and picking up those 2 replacements was a "bad trade". However, mega conferences may not provide any more net revenue (after travel expenses) nor championships than at present.

Frankly, KU has got to get another basketball national championship soon, and OU or Texas needs to get one in football to restore some credibility to the B12 as a "player".

By-the-way, since 2000 the Pac12 has won 2 national football championships, USC, (one was a share with LSU) and no basketball championship. The Big12 has one basketball and two football championships.

Doug Wallace 5 years, 7 months ago

Steve I do not think about it all the time.I wish this conference was never like this.I wish we never had to talk about this.But it is what it is! Also I just see articles about the Longhorn Network and how they will not drop it.

Ok on the "Mega Conferences how would it be bad to have Texas and California in one conference and have the Kansas schools and Oklahoma in that conference?sounds like a good thing to me if the Big 12-2 implodes like I think it will.Its not a matter of if it is when.We are resembling the SWC.

Oklahoma and others have complained about it and Longhorns stand against the Big 12 teams who oppose them.OU and OSU are tired of it and are wanting out.If they want out we may as well try to join forces and not get left out in the dark.Hey I think us 5 Big 12 teams would help the Pac-12 alot and would bring alot of tvs and fans to their market

Just saying

Robert Brock 5 years, 7 months ago

Everyone wants to arrange the deck-chairs on the Titanic. The Big 12 is declining - look elsewhere!

Doug Wallace 5 years, 7 months ago

Go West Young Man! Pac-12 is where KU,OU,KSU,OSU, and TT should all bolt to!

ISU Should go to Big 10 the Governor of Iowa was lobbying that conference to go there a while back.

Benny Armstrong 5 years, 7 months ago

The way the committee selects teams for the playoff is so heavily weighted toward this "what have you done lately" mentality during the final weeks of the season that it only makes sense that the Big 12 would explore adding a championship game back into the schedule. Yes the entire season matters in the body of work, but OSU played their way in a couple of years ago by getting hot late and winning the Big 10 title game in a blowout and wound up winning it all. If we as a conference have the 4/5/6th best team on the seeding line and they are sitting at home or playing a weak game that final weekend while teams above and below them are playing in a title game, it only opens up the chance for someone else to play their way into that last spot and exclude the Big 12 like it did that first year when Baylor and TCU were left out for OSU. Not to mention there is the added revenue this could generate for the conference in the form of said championship game. I see this happening sooner rather than later, it just becomes a question of who you target to bring in that'll ultimately help the conference, or can you convince the NCAA to grant us a waiver to hold a championship with just 10 teams.

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