As a guest Tuesday on Rivals Radio, new Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said he didn't think there was much of a future for the Big 12 in its current incarnation.
"I don't think this conference will last long because there is too much disparity between all the teams," Tuberville told host Bill King. "In the SEC, for instance, Vanderbilt makes as much money in the television contract as Florida. Everybody is good with it. Everybody is on the same page. Everyone gets the same votes.
"That doesn't happen here in the Big 12. We have some teams that get a little bit more money and have a little it more stroke than some of the other teams. And when that happens, you're gonna have teams looking for better avenues to leave and reasons to leave. We have a 10-team league right now, but I just don't know how long that's gonna last, to be honest with you."
The Big 12 recently had Colorado bolt for the Pac-10 and Nebraska join the Big Ten, leaving the conference with 10 schools. Many felt the league was in peril of being wiped out if Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State also had defected to the Pac-10, which nearly happened.
"We came awful close," said Tuberville, who coached in the SEC at Ole Miss and Auburn. "That was an interesting ordeal there. I thought it was a done deal until after about week before it wasn't a done deal. You never know until the fat lady sings."
- Tommy Tuberville