What I don't understand is how losing one team, Nebraska, is somehow going to end the Big 12 entirely. Seems to me they could have their league with 11, 10, hell 8 teams. I'm for expansion and I want a championship game but if all we get is Nebraska and the PAC10 gets Texas, Oklahoma and god knows who else is that really a win for the BIG10?
The Big South [EDIT: Southwest Conference, not Big South] was, correct me if I'm wrong, an 8-team conference. But they weren't a legitimate national power until they added four more to become the Big 12. [EDIT: To be fair, they were powerful but not stable enough to withstand NCAA violations with so few teams] And regardless of that, a 5-team conference in any major sport just doesn't exist outside of the fabulized and mythical Philly Big 5.
It appears that Nebraska is a done deal; now things are going to get very, very interesting. Most of the talk about Texas has focused on the Pac10, but a Kansas City station reported yesterday that "top ranking officials" confirmed that Texas and Texas A&M will petition the Big Ten for membership.
Well we'd better make a run at some more Big 12 teams before all the good ones end up in the PAC-10 er PAC something er other. Seriously don't want to get stuck with Kansas State and Baylor while Texas and Tech run out west.
There's not a chance in hell that Baylor or K State are invited into the Big Ten. Neither is a member of the AAU; I'm guessing the Big Ten would either grant an exception to Notre Dame, or garner enough support to extend them an invitation to join the AAU.