Among the flurry of rumor, gossip, innuendo and speculation concerning the Big 12's prison yard of a conference, where everyone sleeps with one eye open because you don't know who you can trust, this recent idea came to light.
To save the conference, Texas might be willing to agree to equitable revenue sharing.
Oh, great. Now, the Longhorns want to play nice?
Why couldn't UT have been overflowing with the milk of human kindness before Nebraska left? The Longhorn-Cornhusker cage fight is what started the Big 12 on the path to being the Big Mess Conference.
The Huskers would have been impressed by such Texas benevolence. I don't know if that would have kept Nebraska in the Heartland, but the Huskers would have been impressed.
The schools that can save the Big Mess now, Texas A&M and OU, don't care about sharing Texas revenues. This isn't about money.
I know, I know. We say it's always about money in this realignment carousel. But not this time.
A&M and OU have always supported inequitable revenue sharing. The Big 12 already has agreed to virtual equal revenue sharing on its new cable contract with Fox Sports; now Texas is talking about the same for the league's ABC contract.
But that's not A&M's and OU's beef.
For the Aggies, it's about pride. They're tired of Texas' shadow, tired of Texas' bullying, tired of Texas' arrogance. A&M saw a place to parachute softly and didn't mind one bit that it could put the Longhorns in jeopardy of losing their cushy conference.
A&M's going to give up that satisfaction, go crawling back to the Big Mess, to take a pay cut? I don't think so.
And the Sooners? The Sooners don't resent Texas' riches. Heck, they don't really resent Texas much at all. In OU's ideal scenario, Bevo gets tied to the back of the Schooner, and off goes the wagon train West.
If Texas' wants OU's attention, it can start by divorcing ESPN. The Sooners don't mind The Longhorn Network; the Sooners mind ESPN's influence on The Longhorn Network. The Sooners mind ESPN pushing, pushing, pushing for high school content on Bevo TV. The Sooners mind Big Mess games being placed on The Longhorn Network.
That's not what the conference envisioned when individual-school networks were conceived.
But OU probably could even live with the ESPN/Longhorn Network. OU officials just don't believe this conference can last. They're tired of the drama. Tired of the fatigue. Tired of never knowing what their landscape will look like a year from now.
A smaller piece of the pie, with Baylor and Iowa State happy as clams, isn't going to cut it for the Sooners.
In truth, revenue sharing seems most likely to benefit the Big Mess if it tries to survive without A&M, OU and OSU. If those three leave, one of Texas' options is cobbling together a makeshift conference of seven survivors.
Enticing anyone of substance to the Big Mess would be darn impossible. But equitable revenue sharing would at least make some schools listen.
But OU? No. A&M? No. Texas' generosity can't clean up this Big Mess.
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