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"... when Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor merged with the old Big Eight." False. Both conferences ceased to exist when the Big 12 began. Conference records don't predate the start of the conference in 1997, which wouldn't be the case if it was in fact a "merger"
Actually you are both right. The Big XII began as an expansion of the Big 8 with all four Texas schools (starting with Baylor) applying to, and being accepted by, the Big 8. It wasn't until the first conference meeting the schools voted 11-1 (Nebraska was the holdout) to reject the Big 8 history and establish a new conference.
(PS. For some reason I can't respond directly to your comment so I had to make a new post)
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<i>If you think most schools of the Big XII are jealous of Texas and Oklahoma now, just wait and see how schools like Iowa State and Texas Tech will feel if more big-money programs land on top of them in a new wave of expansion.</i>
Are you really suggesting that TTU and ISU would leave the Big XII? Does anyone really believe being the richest schools in C-USA is better than being the poorest in the Big XII:?
Minor correction; the ACC dropped the plans for a 9 game schedule after they added ND.
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