These rivals need each other. Yet after this weekend's baseball and softball series, even state pride can't keep Texas A&M and Texas together.
Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas says the league is set with 10 teams for 2012 with the addition of TCU, even though Missouri is exploring a possible departure.
The Pac-12's decision not to expand has made the remaining nine Big 12 schools trend toward an agreement to stick together. But Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe's situation is tenuous at best, Andy Katz reports.
The concept of the Pac-16 is again being actively discussed by Pac-12 officials as well as officials at Oklahoma and Texas, a source close to the situation told ESPN's Joe Schad.
Coach Mack Brown and Texas figure to lose more than a longtime bitter rival if Texas A&M leaves the Big 12 for the SEC. But Brown said the Longhorns and the conference they play in would persevere.
The 24-hour TV network that ESPN and the University of Texas are set to launch in August will have a familiar ring: the Longhorn Network.
Just once I'd like to see one of my media colleagues break down a program's graduation rates and academic strategy with the same rigor they do offenses, defenses, coaching moves and matchups.