no place like home.
The school will remain in the Big 12 (or whatever it will be called now that it's comprised of just 10 teams) thanks to a commitment yesterday from University of Texas
Had the Big 12's biggest school chosen to leave for the PAC-10 or another conference, it's likely the entire league would have collapsed.
In a deal hammered out yesterday, Texas would be allowed to set up its own television network, which should provide the school a major new source of revenue.
The Big 12 also has a new broadcast contract -- reportedly from Fox
-- that will pay the conference much more than previous television deals and send more dollars to each school. Still, the payout won't be even.
As the Post-Dispatch reports today
, Mizzou would be a Tier 3 school within the conference for football -- getting something less than $15 million a year from the conference. Texas and Oklahoma -- as Tier 1 schools -- would get around $25 million a year. Currently, Mizzou gets between $8 million to $9 million a year from the Big 12.
Oh, and another plug for the P-D: If you haven't seen RJ Matson's political cartoon today about Mizzou's hapless search for a new athletic conference, you're missing a good laugh. Check it out here
Channeling their inner Dorothy, Mizzou officials yesterday realized that there really