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Texas to the ACC?

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08:30 AM ET 09.15 | With many believing the Big 12 to be on life support, might Texas be looking to the Atlantic as well as the Pacific? Texas versus Duke basketball. Texas against Miami baseball. Texas-North Carolina in debate and poetry reading? OK, not so much. But otherwise, this thing could work. Texas in the Atlantic Coast Conference, that is. This isn't to say or even suggest that the Longhorns are ACC-bound or even have their socks, boxers, toothbrushes and Longhorn Network packed in a suitcase. They're just ACC-intrigued, and we're assuming the ACC is just as interested in them as well. Why wouldn't it be? That league could use Texas as much as vice versa. Probably more.

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September 15, 2011  08:54 AM ET
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Its all Texas fault.and they're scairt of da SEC

First part may be right but there is no way the second one is true. If so, then Vandy, Kentucky, etal are scared of their own conference. Don't think so.

September 15, 2011  08:54 AM ET

Major win for ACC...step down for TU...

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September 15, 2011  09:06 AM ET
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Have you watched UT last year and this...They fit in nicely after NC State and Wake Forest.

Fixed

September 15, 2011  09:07 AM ET

dont even think about it....reliable sources say this break up of big 12 etc is one big chess match orchestrated by UT...and playing out perfectly so far....to gain independence in a politically expedient manner. where ND failed, despite saturation of market, in its bid to become THE brand of college football 10 years ago (due to poor product offering)...Texas will succeed...new technology...better partner, much better product offering....international brand awareness....UT will be its own entity, moe powerful and popular than ever....that no other school can emulate...the network thing is wil work out far better than anticipated, on all levels

September 15, 2011  09:08 AM ET

I say TX, OU, ND and big market team from the northeast (Syracuse/BC) should move to the Big10

September 15, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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I am kidding on both fronts. I blame ESPNsux, $$ and greed.

Yeah I know. But I think you are 100% correct on the greed part. UTx is greedy along with all the rest of them. Reminds me of hostile takeovers in the corporate world.

One upside may be on the horizon though. The noise is beginning to indicate that many are rethinking the "mega conference" idea. It may not be as attractive as first thought.

September 15, 2011  09:10 AM ET
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I say TX, OU, ND and big market team from the northeast (Syracuse/BC) should move to the Big10+4

fixed it!

September 15, 2011  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I say TX, OU, ND and big market team from the northeast (Syracuse/BC) should move to the Big10

I say all biggies go independent and rid themselves of the bottom dwellers they are tied to in their conferences...and don't tell me the mighty SEC, B1G, 12PAC, etc don't have any. Ain't hearing it.

September 15, 2011  09:14 AM ET

The Big 12 was from the start a tenuous marriage. Couple that with the fact that all the other major conferences are essentially land locked with oceans or undesirable options hemming them in and the Big 12 is in the unfortunate position to be the most poachable conference. Not one team left because of revenue sharing or because UT is a bully or whatever the **** excuse they tossed out was. They left because they liked their destination.

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September 15, 2011  09:18 AM ET
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Yeah I know. But I think you are 100% correct on the greed part. UTx is greedy along with all the rest of them. Reminds me of hostile takeovers in the corporate world. One upside may be on the horizon though. The noise is beginning to indicate that many are rethinking the "mega conference" idea. It may not be as attractive as first thought.

This greed mantra is way over done. College football does not exist for the greater good. It exists because everyone loves it which translates directly to revenue. Texas is just really good at making money because of their unique situation, not because they are more greedy than anyone else. This isn't a charity, I don't see any 501(c) trotting out teams, let alone ones being shown on Saturday night prime time.

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