Big 10 Announces Texas Will Join in 2012

The birth of the next super-conference.

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Texas Joins Big 10

     After courting the idea of a twelfth team for several years, the Big 10 has agreed to welcome the Texas Longhorns into its ranks beginning in the 2013 season.

     The move was a necessary one for the Big 10 conference; the huge money for a conference championship game finally became too much to ignore for the conference that had resisted this exact change for years.

     The Big 10 is expected to split into to two divisions geographically ala the SEC set up; one division will likely be made up of Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana, and Purdue, while the other will join Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Northwestern.

     The move vaults the Big 10 back to elite status in both football and basketball, and should wind up being a windfall to all of the schools involved.

     Again, the title of the conference will remain “Big 10″, with tradition being cited as the reason. 

     A formal announcement is expected Thursday or Friday.

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31 Comments
  1. Posted February 23, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Great Post

  2. Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    From the boys in Austin:

    BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  3. Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I’ll believe it when it happens. It would be good for the Beg Ten Conference from a elite status stand point, but it would be bad for the less marketable schools such as, Northwestern, Minnesota, Indianna, ect. Some of the Big Ten schools are good every year in football, but stink in basketball, and visa versa. Texas therefore is dominant in basketball and football. So i believe overall it would be bad for the lesser schools in the Big Ten. Also, it would be hard for me to believe that Texas playing Texas Tech in football in November in 65 degree weather, compared to playing Northwesten or Illinois in 31 degree weather. One can hope though can’t they……Nice article!

  4. 1 HATED ON
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    The only dipute I have is the Divisions…..If this is a cfb fan joke, I have 1 to go back atcha. 1 thing’s for sure is Texas QB’s dont want to see buckeye lb’s on a yearly basis. I know from not playing real fball (BIG 10 FBALL), that flag football(BIG 12 FBALL) is a easier sport to vouch for what you can d.o……hahahahaha….Can the SOUTH/MIDWEST boys in Texa$ come down & play???? Atleast the school would be #1 in baseball…..hahahaha

  5. John
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Thoughts on the divisions? OSU, UM, and PSU in the same division? Granted, UM has been suffering lately, but this represents the 3 most successful teams in the Big 10. Wisconsin and Iowa are hit or miss. Illinois has a good team every once in a while. But based on recent history, the championship game would likely turn out to be Texas vs. the winner of the Big Ten East (?).

    I can\’t imagine breaking up OSU vs. UM though…

  6. 1 HATED ON
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    If this is a joke, I have to admit flag fball(BIG 12 FBALL) is much easier than real fball(BIG 10 FBALL) to vouch for what you can achieve during the present BCS ERA. MAN-UP & grow $ome $ack$ if money & academics is the motive…..Bet VY woulda won that hei$man if Texas was in the big 10!!!

  7. 1 HATED ON
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Mite as well go for the tri fecta….Can someone down there gather up the rodeo professionals from the nba all $tar game & send them to the BIG 10 headquarters in CHI-TOWN. Its time to hook $ome Horns baby!!!!

  8. Horn
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    How does being whipped by flag footballers taste???

  9. hawkeyepapyrus
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Ummmm???
    Sources??? Anything??? Anyone????
    This doesn’t seem legit. Kudos for breaking the story if it is tho.

  10. LonghornAlum05
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Response to ‘1 HATED ON’

    If I’m not mistkaen, Texas has beat both Michigan and Ohio State in BCS bowls and tied in the regular season series with the Buckeyes in recent years.

    Of course Big 10 defenses look great against average offenses. The state of Texas has the most 4-5 star recruits coming out of highschool. The Big 10 should be happy because they will be able to tap that talent pool if the Horns join your conference.

    I, for one, do not like it because our road games will be brutal with 3-4 hour flights instead of 1 hour drives. As someone previously mentioned, I don’t know how our boys will handle the winter weather either.

  11. 1 HATED ON
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    We werent whipped by texas in 05 or 08! Now that whooping at Texas in 06 was a whipping. All buckeye fans had BEVO Steak all weekend compliments of Colt on the sideline sniffing smelling salt from brutal hits.

    Yes, the Big 12 is the flag football league of cfb rite now. The defense’s resemble the wac(k) & sunbelt schools. See what happens when your schools schedule sooo many cupcakes? Your defense’s start to play like them.LMBO…

    I can understand the travel concerns but power, money & academics for the school seems to outweigh all.

  12. Posted February 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    is this the sporting version of the onion? Notre Dame – you should see the light!

  13. LonghornAlum05
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    A win is a win but we were very gracious in our loss to OSU in ‘06 (for the record that was Colt’s second start of his career). The Buckeyes even complimented the Texas fans on our hospitality. Texas doesn’t need to bash any school, we let our program speak for itself. Football is only one sport. We’re good in baseball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s track/field and swimming, women’s volleyball, etc. Not to mention our academics is on par or better with all of the Big 10 schools. In addition to all that, we are the biggest brand revenue wise in college sports with an alumni/booster base bigger than OSU. Thats why your conference wants us so much.

    Maybe the reason why Texas wants to leave the big 12 is get away from that perception of flag football with no defense. I think we hold our own quite well against other conferences. It doesn’t help when Oklahoma or other big 12 schools get killed in bowl play by the likes of USC, Florida, etc.

  14. Not Hated On
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    1 HATED ON – I have always found OSU fans to be more pleasing than most other fanbases out there, which makes your comments kinda surprising. With that said, are you still bitter that we took two of the last three from you? How about the fact that we stole the best LB in the country from your backyard? Colt may have been sniffing the smelling salt his freshman season but I’m pretty sure he got the last laugh. Wouldn’t you say?

  15. Posted February 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    The Big XII is anything but flag football. The Big 10 is slow and Texas should be able to dominate. The defense in the Big XII this past season were very good. NU, OU, and Texas to mention just a few. Ever heard of a man named Suh.

  16. Posted February 24, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Thanks for that

  17. 1 HATED ON
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 1:40 am

    No I’m not bitter about UT winning 2 outta 3 more recently versus the buck$. I just love to talk a lil jive like the next fan when it comes to my team. Other than texas or oklahoma, the big 12 doesnt strike any fear across the country regarding defense. Last I checked, the slow 10 (all yawns) was the only conference with 4 schools in the final AP top 15. Maybe your talking about 2 or three years ago but this past bowl season, the big 10’s top four teams slowly kicked butt & took some names while Texas no longer is undefeated in BCS Bowls. FYI…Yes I am a proud member of the most d**n arrogant fans in the land(P.S. We won with 98% too) so I’m just playing my part to say the buck$ along with their fans arent going away no time soon. GO BUCK$

  18. 1 HATED ON
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Nebraska? This must be some kinda joke. Just say the DT to be understood because the program has been irrelevent since what seems like the mid 80’s. I’m not a S-E-3 fan so getting excited about what other league teams accomplish would be insulting alot of wins, all americans & numerous award winners recently at Ohio State.

    Must be a joke, I get it….A Nebraska fan must be imitating a Vandy, S. Carolina or Tennessee fan. LMBO…. As if getting spanked year in year out makes it acceptable to feel apart of their success at OU or Texas just because Nebraska is in the big 12. I’ll part ways by sayin in Colt’s 2-1 winning record versus the bucks, his stats were very un big 12 like.

  19. Posted February 24, 2010 at 9:41 am

    SEC is best in all college sports, period…Records speak for themselves.

  20. Posted February 24, 2010 at 10:39 am

    What a joke… The state of texas legislature would not allow this to happen. Texas and A&M are a packaged deal. If Big Ten wants A&M, they are going to have to bring A&M with them.

  21. Not Hated On
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    hfj-

    How’s that basketball thing working out for ya? I will admit that the SEC is very good in football, but basketball not so much. You got three teams into last years tournament and this year look to get at best 4 teams. For as good as the SEC is in football it is equally bad in basketball. You have UK and nobody else. Kinda reminiscent of Conference USA of years past – Memphis and nobody else.

  22. wichita
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Nebraska had the No. 1 scoring defense in the nation this year and the No. 7 overall defense — playing against the “flag football” (high scoring) offenses of the Big XII. The ‘Huskers held Texas to 13 points — 8 fewer than NC ‘Bama did. And the ‘Huskers had to face Colt McCoy at QB, unlike Bama, who gave up those points against an untested Freshman.

    As for the ‘Huskers being irrelevant since the “mid 80s,” you apparently forgot the 3 National Champsionships in the 90s and hat they also played in a NC game this past decade as well. Not to mention the fact they they have the highest winning percentage of any collegiate football team over the past 40 years.

    95% of all college football programs would BEG for this kind of irrelevance. Anyone who is unaware of these facts might follow a certain team or conference, but obviously isn’t a fan of college football.

  23. JR Superstar
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Nebraska irrelevant since the 80’s? How many schools can say they won 3 national championships in 4 years (in the late 90’s)? Granted they had a fall from prominence this past decade, but they are definitely back now (number one draft pick, top 10 preseason, etc). Lastly, you cannot state that all of Texas’ big12 games were comparable to flag football… Did you not watch the Big 12 championship this year (or at least here about it)? Yes, they have some less-stellar teams, but name a conference that doesn’t.

  24. JR Superstar
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Jinx Wichita

  25. Full-Tilt-Porker
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Does any of this really matter? Oklohoma plays LSU…..beat down. Oklahoma plays Florida……beat down. Texas plays Alabama…..beat down.

    Nice try Big 10…….but at the end of the day……an SEC beat down!

  26. Horn
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Fact are clear and present. TEXAS is the premirer football program in country. No need to bash any other teams. I think Mack Brown and Jim Tressel are two of the best coaches in football. Both demostrate character and integrity. Conference wise the SEC is the best in the coutry. Texas also has a premier baseball, basketball, volleyball, track, swimming, and etc.. One thing Texas has that is not matched is academics. The law, medical and business school is of the best in the world. I sortal would like Texas to join the Big 10 but it just does not make geographical sense. Perhaps, a super enhanced SEC conference expansion??

  27. Horn
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Facts are clear and present. TEXAS is the premirer football program in country. No need to bash any other teams. I think Mack Brown and Jim Tressel are two of the best coaches in football. Both demostrate character and integrity. Conference wise the SEC is the best in the coutry. Texas also has a premier baseball, basketball, volleyball, track, swimming, and etc.. One thing Texas has that is not matched is academics. The law, medical and business school is of the best in the world. I sortal would like Texas to join the Big 10 but it just does not make geographical sense. Perhaps, a super enhanced SEC conference expansion??

  28. Horn2
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Lots of respect for Mack Brown, Jim Tressel and Coach Pa. The rest of the big 10 is a joke. It is OSU and Penn. Penn is a question?? Academics-Texas is rated one of the best University programs in the world. Law, Medical and Business School are of the best in the country. As of know.. Texas is the best football program.. Granted 5 plays into a bcs champ game the QB is injured. OTherwise, it would be 2 BCS champ in 5 years for Texas. No disrespect to Bama but..Texas almost one the game with a true freshmen in the second half. Nebraska has the best fans.. Very classy.. UT has great fans too. Texas to the BIG 10.. Not going to happen. The BIG 12 will do something creative to keep Texas. Better yet do a SEC adjustment… Hook’em Horns.. Football, Baseball, Basketball, etc… Prediction.. Texas plays for the BCS champ game 2 of the next 3 years. Wins both times….

  29. Horn 3
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    IF Colt McCoy did not get hurt. Bama would have lost the BCS game. The score would have been 10 or 14 to 0 midway first quarter. Halftime the game would have been tilted so far with Texas Bama would have wished Florida would have won. With a backup inexperience TRUE FRESHMEN QB almost made a come back in the second half against what was suppose to be the best defense in the country. Texas was THE BETTER TEAM.. But I will agree… THE SEC is the best football conference.

  30. Journalism professor
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    This is a lie. And, worse, it violates every fundamental principle of journalism reporting.

    Who is this fraud who would have the guts to be so blatantly and publicly unethical? Is it here under the ruse that negative attention is better than no attention?

    It is getting more than negative attention — throwing out junk like this is an embarrassment to journalists and will follow this person into any job interview.

  31. Posted September 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Texas couldn’t join the Big 10 if they wanted to. They don’t meet the minimum qualifications academically. Only 2 schools in the Big 12 met those requirements, Nebraska and Missouri.

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