While the Big 12 coaches (Mack Brown of Texas & Bob Stoops of Oklahoma) like the fact the Big 12 Championship game has been eliminated that doesn't seem to please Jerry Jones, who was to stage this big event in his palace Cowboys Stadium, a.k.a. Jerry World.
It appears Jones has a plan to solve that problem, use his power and influence to expand the Big 12. The Lawrence (KS) Journal World and News cites a source familiar with Jones' thinking that he wants his alma mater, that would be Arkansas, to play in the conference with their former Southwest Conference rivals Texas and Texas A&M and bring in Notre Dame and shower the conference in cash.
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The folks at the University of Arkansas appear to like their current conference affiliation, the SEC. Athletic director Jeff Long issued this statement Wednesday released by the Arkansas media relations:
"In recent weeks and months there has been much national dialogue regarding conference affiliation in intercollegiate athletics. In the course of that dialogue some have suggested that the University of Arkansas was an institution that may be pursued by other conferences. From the beginning, we have been very clear that the University of Arkansas is a proud member of the Southeastern Conference and has no interest in joining another conference. Chancellor Gearhart has been unwavering in his support of our institution's continued membership in the SEC. Recent events have not in any way altered our commitment or desire to remain a member of what we believe is the strongest conference in the nation."
No comment from Notre Dame.
Cowboys Stadium was to host the Big 12 Conference championship game through 2013. With Nebraska and Colorado leaving this year 2010 appears to be the final year of that event.
Now that the Big 12 is saved Jerry Jones is using his clout to save the conference championship game.
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