I wrote last night that the Big 12’s three-month dog-and-pony show that ended with none of its 11 suitors winning a rose won’t make the conference any friends outside its suburban Dallas headquarters.
Chief among them: Texas governor Greg Abbott.
Abbott, who stumped for Houston earlier this year, tweeted a message Monday night calling for an apology from Big 12 leadership following last night’s announcement that the conference would not expand.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 18, 2016
Oklahoma president David Boren and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby attempted to paint a picture that this was all a simple fact finding mission that ended with all 10 members holding hands and marching forward into their well-paid sunset was an insult to the intelligence of the college sports public, not to mention the dozens of schools the Big 12 tacitly invited to sing and dance for them.
Take it from this Texas lawmaker.
— Armando Walle (@RepWalle) October 17, 2016
Or the schools that spent real capital — financial and emotional — pursuing a bid that the Big 12 pretended never existed in the first place.
Just talked to two B12 expansion hopefuls. Estimated they’d spent $10-$15K on whole presentation process. Multiply that by 11.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) October 17, 2016
— Hartford Courant (@hartfordcourant) October 18, 2016
Imagine being at BYU, Houston or Cincinnati when Boren said they never even discussed individual schools. Insulting. https://t.co/GvDYwexK8W
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 17, 2016
The Big 12 may feel great about itself today. But they’re probably the only ones who do.