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The Quiet Before The Storm

by John Helsley Published: June 10, 2010

By John Helsley

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Checked in with some Cowboys coaches today. Interestingly, before the conversation took off, they checked me first.

“What are you hearing?”

“What’s the latest?”

“Where will we land?”

As the realignment wheel spins — and it’s spinning wildly — those in the crosshairs, the coaches and the athletes, are starving for news and info much like the rest of us. These are high-level decisions being made, and only the highest of the highs are involved.

And in the Big 12′s case, that’s Texas. That’s why the news keeps spinning out of orangebloods.com. UT is the CPU for all arrangements regarding, seemingly, a Pac-10 departure, although late Thursday there was still hope in Stillwater that Nebraska may buck prevailing thought and stick with the Big 12.

The Longhorns are calling the shots, with supreme power bestowed upon them by the others involved in an alliance with, seemingly, the Pac-10. Once the Huskers make their intentions official Friday, the Texas trust, led by DeLoss Dodds, will make the next move, or non-move.

Meanwhile, in Stillwater, they wait for word.

There is no trickle-down talk, beyond the rumors and craziness. Texas and Texas A&M to the Big Ten? C’mon. Yet that makes-no-sense suggestion was spun out by a Kansas City television station Thursday.

Rule to live by: Whenever a TV entity not bearing the letters ESPN attempts at breaking news, ignore it.

As for Oklahoma State, the coaches offices are all abuzz about the possibilities. Mostly, if the Big 12 can’t be saved, they’re in favor of a Wild West Conference, a Pac-16, a Big Pac, whatever. They recognize the possibilities. The new recruiting doors opened. The Super-Conference appeal. The money, oh yes, the money.

They’re abuzz, too, because of the unknown. They know they’ll have jobs in the morning, but will they be selling the Big 12 or the Wild West? Will they be selling travel home to Texas, or road trips to the West Coast?

So they wait, wait for word from Texas. And on that front, it’s quiet.

The storm, however, looms.

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by John Helsley
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John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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