Originally Posted by TechTopwater
The loan is to get WVU out of their fight with the Big East and into the Big 12 conference play this year. This really has nothing to do with the Aggies decision to leave.
Missouri is the one that caused this to happen by not staying in the conference through 2012 as originally planned. If Missouri would have stayed through 2012 as agreed and left in 2013, then WVU could have fulfilled their obligation to the Big East by staying there for one more year. Once Missouri jumped early to the SEC, it left the Big 12 with 9 teams and a chance that the TV contracts could be voided as they are based on at least a 10 team conference. Thus the buyout of the Big East gets WVU here a year early and guarantees each school a much better payday through the TV contract by investing $1,000,000 each to the buyout.
The Big 12 will also have buyout money (amount yet to be determined) from A&M and Missouri to help finance this loan.
While I wish we could have all stayed together for traditional rivalries... it has sadly come down to each looking out for their own and the all powerful dollar and it is hard to blame schools for doing what they feel is best for themselves.
I would agree fully with all of this. My point in this is that how can anyone sit there and say the Big 12 is better off with TCU and WVU in the conference rather than A&M. They don't bring the wkly avg. attendance combined that we do and are much farther road trips than College Station and WVU is needing help just to get out of their financial predicament in order to move a year early.
I wish all these 80 and up year old rivalries were going to be played still. And yes they are ALL rivalries whether one school or another wants to admit it or not. It is a rivalry with us against you all, us against baylor, us against the horns, etc.
And yes, sadly it has come down to each school looking out for themselves. Baylor did it with the threatened lawsuit, we did it by moving to the SEC and the horns did it by being bought by ESPN with the LHN.
My point is had the horns not gone looking first for their own selfish needs, my belief is that we would not have ever gotten to this point.
If they would have relinquished some of that power they had back from the beginning of the big 12 and let all the schools have some input as to what is good for the Big 12 and not just one school, then the horns would actually have more power today.
Part of being a leader is letting others feel impowered so that they feel like they are an important part of the team. Dodds ego will not let this happen and this is a major reason why NU, CU, A&M and MU have left.
When lower level, but valued employess start to feel disgruntled and cause problems in the business, the best way to address that is to sit down and talk to them and listen and then try to incorporate some of their ideas, rather than just tell them to shut up and do as they are told.
Do that long enough and the business suffers or goes broke.