Big 12 football: SMU wants in
Oh great. Here we go. Houston wants in the Big 12. And now SMU. Can Rice be far behind? And I am not making this up: Some OU fan from Dallas emailed me, making the case for North Texas.
Are you just trying to send the Sooners screaming toward the Pac-12?
I’m against Houston’s admission. I don’t want the reincarnation of the Southwest Conference. The talk about Houston is coming from A&M officials, who wisely realize that adding a public school from Texas would lessen the political fallout of the Aggies’ departure from the Big 12. But Houston is a shining city on a hill compared to SMU. I’m about ready for the Big 12 leadership to start shooting down some of this nonsense.
SMU has a 30,000-seat stadium — albeit nice and new — and says it drew 23,000 per game last year, which means about 18,000 probably showed up. Nobody cares about SMU football, same as few care about Houston football.
That’s what conference realignment is about. Adding schools with fan bases that care. Fan bases that fill a big stadium and watch religiously on television. SMU does not qualify.
Yes, SMU is in Dallas, but Dallas already watches Big 12 football, thanks to the Longhorns and Sooners and Aggies and Red Raiders and Cowboys and Bears. SMU has been relevant in Conference USA for about 15 minutes. Since hiring June Jones away from Hawaii.
Go do what TCU did. Build up your program. Play winning football for a decade or more. Seize the opportunity to make a national splash. Enhance your facility. Pour $100 million into your stadium. Then we’ll talk.
The Big 12, when A&M flees for the SEC, needs to add BYU, TCU and either Air Force or Louisville. It does not need to try to revive the Southwest Conference.
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