by Berry Tramel Modified: June 9, 2010 at 8:42 am •  Published: June 9, 2010

/> The 'Horns can be insufferable, but you've got to give UT this: Its leaders don't monkey around. They don't play games. What you see with athletic director DeLoss Dodds is what you get.

This was a marriage of convenience, but it wasn't a shotgun wedding. No one forced the Big Eight schools to take Texas. UT laid out its demands, and the Big Eight voted aye.

And if the North had stayed good in football, the cold winters wouldn't be nearly as long. But in the 2000s, the South Division has taken over. OU and Texas have won the last six football titles. Nebraska has fallen on hard times. Colorado, too. Kansas State rose and fell again. Missouri can't get any respect from even the Insight Bowl.

Plus, the South dominates most sports except men's basketball, where Kansas is a North beacon.

So it's come to this. Nebraska thinking long and hard about the Big Ten, and Missouri standing with hat in hand, hoping the Big Ten throws a life raft.

The schools in this league aren't partners. They're sharing office space.

They aren't the 12 musketeers. When it comes to North/South, they're all for none and none for all. And why should they be anything different?

Texas A&M didn't play a football game in Boulder until 1995. Tech didn't play in Manhattan until 1998. Texas didn't play in Ames until 1999.

Contrast that with the SEC (Alabama first played at Vanderbilt in 1903) or the Big Ten (Michigan played Northwestern in Chicago in 1892) or the Pac-10 (Oregon State first went to Berkeley in 1905).

Those schools have been brothers for more than a century. These schools met late in life and didn't like each other from the get-go.

And you want these ruffians to keep going to counseling? If you're Kansas State or Iowa State or Kansas and your options are few, OK. Tough it out. But everyone else?

This is no way to live. With Baylor regent Buddy Jones referring to Nebraska as "a bunch of corn shuckers.” With conspiracy theories running wild over Texas' title-game victory over Nebraska. With schools setting deadlines and making threats.

Turns out, this was a conference designed to fail. And now its mantra is obvious.

Better off dead.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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