Texas saved the Big 12.
And while just last week we were admiring the stones of Pac-10 commish Larry Scott, this must have been what Delany was referring to when he maintained the conference did not want to do anything to embarass itself:
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- University of Texas President Bill Powers has informed us that the 10 remaining schools in the Big 12 Conference intend to stay together. We are excited about the future of the Pac-10 Conference and we will continue to evaluate future expansion opportunities under the guidelines previously set forth by our Presidents and Chancellors.
A new deal with Fox, split among the remaining 10 teams is thought to be worth an average of $17m per school. Texas will also be allowed to pursue its own television endeavors, whatever form that might take. Also, the Bilderberg Group may have had a hand in saving the conference.
Hopefully we'll get the details (like how a 10-team league without a championship game is getting that kind of money) tomorrow when Texas president Bill Powers and AD DeLoss Dodds meet with the media.
If that's the last of the heavy stuff and you're a Big Ten fan, you have to like how things worked out.
Until things heat up again next summer, that is.