Bob Bowlsby, the best conference commissioner based on surname alone, says that although the Big 12 would like a waiver from the NCAA to hold a conference championship game with a 10-team league, that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to hold one. From the Associated Press:
"Take a look at the attendance on the conference championship games this year and take a look at the TV ratings," Bowlsby said. "They aren't the kind of things that are going to invite you to take that up as a new business proposition." [...] Bowlsby said Wednesday that proposal is intended to deregulate how conferences are allowed to determine a champion.
Even those of you who count yourselves in the strict constructionist school of conference realignment, who hold that leagues calling themselves things like "Big 12" ought to have 12 actual schools, consarnit, should be saddened by this news. Not only does this lessen the amount of quality football in early December between teams guaranteed to have at least some knowledge of playing four quarters without strangling themselves on their own cleat laces, but a new Big 12 championship game, right now, would stand at least some chance of being played in the Jerrydome. Being inside the Jerrydome is about as close to Space Camp as you can get, footballwise, and it's only a matter of time and billable hours before Jerry Jones figures out how to make that contraption levitate a few inches off the ground during events. We, as a sport, will want in on this, because from there it's games being played in low earth orbit, and before you know it there'll be football on the moon, and the Dallas Cowboys will be the only ones there to enjoy it, and those people are quite insufferable enough already.