Gabe DeArmond of Powermizzou.com tweets some interesting quotes from Mizzou football coach Gary Pinkel. Pinkel was being interviewed by Tim Brando this morning. Unfortunately I don't have a link to the interview itself. Here's what Gabe (@GabeDeArmond) tweeted in three separate tweets:
#Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel with Tim Brando this morning: "Obviously we've got some issues in our league...You don't hear anything...
"About any other league in the country having these problems. And we all know where it starts."
Pinkel: "It's really a shame because the potential of the league is just so tremendous. I have no control over it."
Economically speaking, when it comes to "producing competition" as we sports economist like to say, the "firm" as understood in economic theory is the league itself. A league, like any firm at its heart, is a cooperative. A little bit of pure self-interest is supposed to be expected, but once the cooperative is formed, we expect, well, cooperation between the members to make it work.
That's not what we've seen with the Big XII. Whether it's the Longhorn Network or the concentration of conference political power, Texas holds the best hand and is not afraid to play that hand even if it means destabilizing the whole conference. That's why Nebraska left despite the fact that the conference's revenue-sharing system favored it. That's why Texas A&M left.
It's sad because the Big XII as it existed from the time it was a 12-team conference was an excellent sports conference. Not just an excellent football conference, but an excellent sports conference. But its existence seems to be falling apart daily.