The Big 12 marches on with 10 teams and a brave front. And the happy face is not a fraud.
Sooners and Cowboys alike are in good stead. Easier conference, rosier path to exalted status, and more money to boot. Hard to argue with.
But the collapse of the proposed Pac-16 was lost opportunity for OU and OSU. Both would have been better off in a Southwest precinct of the NCAA's first mega-conference.
Not for athletic reasons. Athletically, the new and diminished Big 12 will be just fine for Sooners and Cowboys. Probably better than a passage to the Pacific.