Change will happen again at some point. Seems to be surprise moves per year- I expect one sometime before November 2013.
I will admit though, I"m still a little nervous and if there is anything that concerns me about this, it's the possibility that the powers that be in the Big XII have gold blindness. The new influx of wealth could have made them a little greedy and not willing to share, as opposed to actively looking to the future health of the conference. Is it a major fear, no, and this is not a prediction either. But, I can't help but think that it was greed and short-sightedness that got the Big XII into it's previous problems, so it's not that far out of reach to think the same thing may hurt this conference in the future. Texas, OU, they have no worries, they will end up somewhere and right now they are making a good buck. The ISUs and KSUs are getting paid right now, but is that blinding them to the fact that if there was major blast again, we'd probably end up nowhere?
As I said, I'm not trying to say the Big XII is doomed nor do I think they will screw it all up again. But, to say my fears are put completely to rest is a stretch, as well.
I think the Big 12 atleast goes to 14 when it expands. I think the big school right now is UNC. Do they want to go to the B1G or stay with Duke and go to SEC. After they make a decison most of the others will sort themselves out.
Say the BIG puts the fear in a Miami (or potentially even a Clemson or NC ST) that UVa or GT are BIG bound. In response, to insure they get one of the 4 or 6 spots in the Big 12, one of those three preemptively agree to the Big 12. Then it gets interesting.
If I could have a perfect outcome from the pending conference realignment it would be
Adding Miami pulls FSU and Clemson
UNC wanting to keep DuKe and have their own Tier 3 network stuns everyone and joins the Big 12 (soon to be Big 16)
Notre Dame seeing the writing on the wall that they have to join a conference, joins the Big 12 since it provides a wider conference footprint and schools in the most fertile recruiting grounds TX & FL. Notre Dame also can retain its network as a Tier 3.
The Big 12 will then have added both football powers and basketball powers.
OK my alarm is beeping - time to wake up.
I think that you have Miami looking at that move becasue they are sure that Virginia is gone to the B1G. Thants why I think it all comes down to UNC
Welp...Swaim is throwing crap out there again but maybe worth noting.
He's saying FORMAL INVITES have been issued by the Big 12 and Big Ten to four ACC schools.
Is it time to believe yet? Probably not. Plus, anything happening now would kill message board traffic in the summer.
I call shenanigans!
I expect nothing this week.