IRVING, Texas — After this season, the Big 12 seems ready to embark with a 10-team league and no football championship game.
And that's fine with Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman.
"I like the idea of playing everybody in the conference," Sherman said. "If you're the guy left standing after that challenge, you deserve to be champion."
The other two relevant coaches (Nebraska's Bo Pelini has no say) who appeared at the league's media days Monday were noncommittal.
Baylor's Art Briles: "The thing that I have learned over the last couple of months is, it really doesn't matter what Art Briles thinks. I'm not a decision-maker in that field. You don't spend a lot of time worrying about stuff you can't control."
Iowa State's Paul Rhoads: "Honestly, I've put zero thought into that. Until we have figured out what the schedules are going to be, I'm not going to have much say in it. When it becomes more of a recruiting factor, I'll address it then. It's unaffecting us right now."
Pelini was the first coach on the podium Monday, and he opened with an announcement. With all due respect, he would answer no questions about the Big Ten, the conference where Nebraska is headed in 2011.
But Pelini knows that the Husker exodus has led to all kinds of storylines for the 2010 season, notably the Oct. 16 Texas-at-Nebraska, which figures to be an all-time grudge match after Husker athletic director Tom Osborne and Chancellor Harvey Perlman took shots at UT during the Big Ten announcement.