Just how many or few teams will compose the Big 12 as it moves forward? No one, not even Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard, knows:
"There's a lot of possibilities. It could be nine, it could be 10, it could be 12, it could be 16, pick a number," Pollard said.Okay, sure. 79. -24. π. Zero. Infinity. ABSOLUTE ZERO. They're all in play. However, what's somewhat worrisome for the future of the Big 12 is that the first person quoted is the athletic director from IOWA STATE. When reassurances and commitments to fixing problems need to be made, most companies don't turn to the guy running the mailroom to publicly deliver that message. He may know his role quite well and do a good job, but his authority extends only to the degree in which it is given to him by those actually in charge of the show.
So if the mailroom guy is fielding questions, one can only assume the rest of the interoffice structure no longer functions and it's only a matter of time until a game of survival of the fittest breaks out. And what makes that so exciting is that the game could be triggered by just about anything. Not holding a door open, a dumb forwarded email, a refusal to validate parking. PICK A CAUSE.
With all of that raging instability, and in order to show you just how unstable everything is, let's look at other things that are currently more stable than the Big 12.
Refrigerator-moving business in the Florida Panhandle
Housing market in southern Arkansas
Gus Johnson during the NCAA Tournament
Gus Johnson calling a Hail Mary
Nick Saban after a 3rd and 14 is converted against his defense
Your stomach after four plates of meat and no salad bar at Fogo de Chao
The mind of W. Axl Rose
/prays the US tour is still going on by the time it gets near me
Mama grizzly bear after she determines her cubs have been bothered
Pete Boone and Houston Nutt's job security