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    Remaining teams from the Big 8

    are the top 5 teams in the Big 12 this year. Now why was the SWC rescueing the Big 8?



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    Re: Remaining teams from the Big 8

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    are the top 5 teams in the Big 12 this year. Now why was the SWC rescueing the Big 8?
    Well, there's that thing called football... But yeah, it's impressive to have the 5 times at the top for basketball.



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    If we ever get to a point in college athletics where there are conferences for football separate from all other sports, I would love to see a resuscitated Big 8 for basketball.



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    Re: Remaining teams from the Big 8

    Did the SWC rescue the big 8? I am not old enough to know how that went down but I thought it was the other way around because the SWC crumbled and not all teams found good homes.


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    Re: Remaining teams from the Big 8

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    Did the SWC rescue the big 8? I am not old enough to know how that went down but I thought it was the other way around because the SWC crumbled and not all teams found good homes.
    it was the latter. They were reeling from the defection of Arkansas, and we offered a life preserver to 4 teams. Why they decided to scrap the Big 8 history and records is beyond me, given that Big 8 members comprised two thirds of the "new" conference.



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    Re: Remaining teams from the Big 8

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    are the top 5 teams in the Big 12 this year. Now why was the SWC rescueing the Big 8?
    Good thing for us. If the conference hadn't added those other schools, we would be in last place!



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    Re: Remaining teams from the Big 8

    Quote Originally Posted by DistrictCyclone View Post
    They were reeling from the defection of Arkansas
    That's only part of it. The SWC was basically blown up by the NCAA because teams didn't want to follow the rules.



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    Re: Remaining teams from the Big 8

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    That's only part of it. The SWC was basically blown up by the NCAA because teams didn't want to follow the rules.
    SMU was a big part, IIRC.



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    Re: Remaining teams from the Big 8

    Thanks for pointing this out, I didn't think about that. The big 8 was the good days thats for sure.



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    Re: Remaining teams from the Big 8

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    SMU was a big part, IIRC.

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    The Big 8 was the bomb. Remember it fondly...



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    Re: Remaining teams from the Big 8

    Quote Originally Posted by BringBackJohnny View Post
    Did the SWC rescue the big 8? I am not old enough to know how that went down but I thought it was the other way around because the SWC crumbled and not all teams found good homes.
    I think initially the Big 8 wanted UT & aTm to go to ten teams. Baylor & TTU were hangers on helped in larges part by Texas state politicians including then Governor and BU grad Ann Richards.

    To say that SWC teams were brought in to "save" or even "help" the Big 8 is wrong.


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    Please forgive the sarcasm of "saving the Big 8" and forgive me I don't have the facts laid out but it is my opinion that Nebraska left due to their belief that Texas & the other SWC schools were running the conf. Right after the merger the league offices went to Texas, latter they took away the Big 8 tradition of their tourney in KC. With this in mind I made this remark when I thought about Big 8 tradition and commimtment to B-ball and the tourney back in KC for this year.



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    Re: Remaining teams from the Big 8

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    Please forgive the sarcasm of "saving the Big 8" and forgive me I don't have the facts laid out but it is my opinion that Nebraska left due to their belief that Texas & the other SWC schools were running the conf. Right after the merger the league offices went to Texas, latter they took away the Big 8 tradition of their tourney in KC. With this in mind I made this remark when I thought about Big 8 tradition and commimtment to B-ball and the tourney back in KC for this year.
    Nebraska left because initially they were helping the Texas schools run the conference (see revenue sharing and where they came down on that). When the tables were turning and they were become less and less of a have and closer to a have not they thought the rules they supported and helped establish weren't fair. So when the little 11 came around courting them they took their ball and went home. Good for them that they found a better gig, but don't cry to us about how unfair the Big 12 was, kNU; you were a big player in making it what it was.


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