Matt Tait of the LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD has details from Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe’s teleconference today. Beebe talked about the departures of Nebraska and Colorado and the current state of the league. Highlights.
On the possibilities of losing more teams to the Big Ten:
“At this point I think as far as we’re concerned my understanding is that there aren’t any other Big 12 members being considered by the Big Ten.”
On Nebraska leaving for the Big Ten:
I would’ve thought formal discussions in advance would’ve happened before we got to the point we’ve come to.
On if the Big 12 could remain intact by adding schools:
We could look at adding teams if the 10 remain together and that’s something we need to consider. However, in terms of value and conducting high-level conference, we don’t have to do that. The info we have is pretty strong that the 10 members we have would continue to provide tremendous amount of revenue in the future.
If he felt deceived by Colorado and Nebraska:
I think everybody’s been honorable. I’m not there on their campuses, I can’t feel what they feel. But they have been honorable in the way they’ve treated this.
More from Tait:
Q: What type of notice did you get from Big Ten about Nebraska and have you been asked about any other schools in the conference?
A: Jim Delany called Beebe Fri. morning to tell him that NU was going to apply to become member of Big Ten and that he would accept that application. Delany said Big Ten not looking at other Big 12 schools at this time.
So Beebe had no formal discussions with Nebraska about the Big Ten and Delany called him this morning to let him know about the move?
I want to believe Beebe is right in saying that no more Big 12 teams will be poached from the Big Ten, but it sounds a lot like if that were a possibility, he’d be the last to know.