I appreciate Beebe's candor. He says some things we may not want to hear, but probably need to hear once in a while. There's no question that Texas holds all the cards. We always suspected that and now the Commissioner is putting it out there in the open.
It will be interesting to see how the new 10-team conference plays out. I think ISU might surprise some people. We now play Texas, Texas A&M and OU every year. With 375 Division I recruits coming out of Texas annually, I think Coach Rhoads will be able to convince a number of them to give us a try.
It was commonly known as the Big 10 from 1917 to 1946, then again from 1949 to present.
Interestingly it didn't officially change it's name to the Big 10 until 1987. I also find it interesting that even though one of the biggest money bags in all of college sports, the Big 10 is incorporated as a non-profit.
My point still stands that it is my opinion that the BigXII wouldn't lose much brand identity by changing its name. I think the Big10 is a stupid name as well, but the have much more brand history so it makes more sense for them to stay incorrectly named.
While it's true that the Big 12 has only existed for 15 yrs, we've had some very dominant seasons in f-ball and b-ball, that has brought great noteriety to the conference. That being said, I think we're relevant enough nationally that any change would be acknowledged and accepted immediately.
Any change we make will surely be more thoroughly researched and professionally iniated than the debacle the "Legends and Leaders" crew put on!!
Maybe you have all seen this for years, but it wasn't until last year that I saw it.
There is an "11" wrapped around the T in the Big 10 logo! That is clever design work. Once I saw it I couldn't not see it, even though I had looked at the logo for years and not seen it.
Very good article. Since they hired a consulting firm to look into a name change after that interview, nothing is really settled.
We're going to be a 10 team league for at least 5 years and then I think they'll start looking to expand. And if we're going to back to 12 teams, then there is no reason to change.
Nice article. I didn't expect him to be so forthright about what went on or as specific about particular institutions. It was nice to see him address Iowa State in a straightforward manner.
For a while, it seemed like the Big 12 was falling apart, Iowa State was going to get the worst of it, and he wasn't doing anything about it. I was wrong. We went from one day being in the MWC or MAC to the next day getting more revenue from the new TV deal (and bailout payments). He was at work, just not in public.