Most Read: Sports

http://www.washingtonpost.com/2010/07/06/ABMK8PP_linkset.html
The Early Lead
Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 08/25/2011

SMU wants to join the Big 12

Massive super conferences appear to be an inevitability in Division 1 college athletics whether traditionalists like it or not.

And while a few power conferences are trying to lure new teams in, others are hemorrhaging teams left and right. Count the Big 12 in the latter category (it’s too bad there’s already a Big Ten conference...which just so happens to have 12 schools in it).

Now with Nebraska in the Big Ten, Colorado in the Pac-12 and rumors swirling around Texas A&M’s desire to relocate to the SEC , the Big 12 could use some fresh blood.

On Wednesday, Southern Methodist University threw its hat into the ring as a potential Big 12 addition.

“We are pushing for it,” SMU president R. Gerald Turner said during a meeting with the Dallas Morning News. “We want the city to know we’re pushing for it. We need as much help as possible, even from non-SMU alums. We believe it’s good for Dallas.”

The Mustangs are open to joining just about any BCS conference, although geographically, the Big 12 makes the most sense.

It’s been a long road back for SMU which was crushed by the NCAA’s infamous “death penalty” for massive and extensive NCAA rules violations in the 1970s and 80s. The sanctions nearly wiped the Mustangs off the college football map and it wasn’t until 2009 that they finally returned to a bowl game — 20 years after the penalties were levied against them.

According to the Dallas Morning News, SMU’s inclusion in a BCS conference would be a major boon for the school’s extensive alumni base in the Dallas area as well as the city itself. Houston, BYU and Notre Dame have also been tossed about as potential targets for Big 12 expansion.

For a program on the rise whose claim to fame is scandal — and currently serves as an example of the stiff punishment Miami could soon face — a little BCS conference chatter can only be seen as a positive.

By  |  10:49 AM ET, 08/25/2011

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company