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Big 12 Seeks To Avoid Butt Of Serious Aggie Joke
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Some call it an Aggie joke, but I’m afraid the joke will be on the Big 12.

Last summer we saw the Big 12 almost fly apart.  But the solution to the problem, more television revenue, seems to have just been a temporary bandage. As many already try to sort out the confusion raised by possibilities of realignments, others are calling for status quo.

The grumbling and griping has risen for the last 12 months over the Longhorn Network. Last week, the NCAA ruled no high school football games will be broadcast over conference media networks. Texas Tech said no to broadcasting the UT-Tech game over the Longhorn Network despite cajoling from ESPN.

It remains to be seen how true the pronouncement by Brad Dickson, a columnist for the Omaha World-Herald, will prove.  Dickson said The Longhorn Network is to the Big 12 what Yoko was to the Beatles.

At the same time, a faction of Texans is pushing for University of Houston to leap into the Big 12  when others are calling for Brigham Young University.

There’s been dissatisfaction among Aggies that their fate was tied to whatever UT wants, UT gets. Texas Tech has been glancing over to the West.

The Aggies decided to bolt to the Southeastern Conference.  The SEC tabled that possibility, for now.   With that breathing space, political strings are being yanked.

A hearing today is in the Texas House Committee on Higher Education.  The talking point being put forth is that it’s in the best interest of the state of Texas for the Big 12 to stay together, and then somehow to convince Texas A&M with threats, promises and concessions. Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe plans to attend the hearing.

This may be an Aggie joke, but like all good jokes, the surprise will be the punch line.