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We have already seen Texas and Oklahoma abandon the Big 12 in favor of the SEC. Considering those two programs have been far and away and the biggest draws to that conference, the future of the Big 12 is now in doubt.
The next member that could leave in search of greener pastures is a surprising one: Kansas.
Mike Vernon recently joined 610 AM in Kansas City to discuss the everchanging college football landscape. Apparently, his sources within the Jayhawks program are telling him that a move to the Big Ten is becoming a more realistic possibility.
Let me clarify: I am HEARING this is more possible than it was just 24 hours ago. I think there may be some truth to this message board rumor and am working to find out more. https://t.co/kLZjBxkqH3
— Mike Vernon (@M_Vernon) August 3, 2021
From a basketball perspective, this makes a lot of sense. From a football perspective, not so much. This certainly can’t be a “big move” for the Big Ten in response to the SEC landing the Longhorns and Sooners. It doesn’t move the needle at this point, though very few moves would.
(Clay Travis, founder of OutKick, offered a few interesting scenarios for the Big Ten. Check them out here.)
Anything done in the near future will look like a reaction, and none of them will be a win for the other conference involved. The rumors of a Big 12/Pac-12 merger might sound good, but it makes little financial sense for the Pac-12.
Conferences are going to have to get creative here. We’ll see what happens.
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