I’ve seen a lot of complaints, mostly by other fan bases, (And our good friend Bill Connelly) that politicians should stay out of college sports. I find that hilarious considering a lot of college sports has been shaped by politicians.
- Baylor alum and state Senator David Sibley, who was head of the TX Finance committee, had more to do with getting Baylor into the Big 12 than Ann Richards. At the time, Bullock was probably the most important man in TX govt and Sibley convinced him to take Baylor (Bullock also had A Baylor degree along with a Tech degree).
- It was Rick Perry, an Aggie, who basically helped A&M get into the SEC while he was Governor as he wanted A&M out from under UT’s shadow.
- It was Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who’s threats about investigating the exclusionary aspects of the BCS, that probably helped get Utah (a mostly commuter school) into the PAC 12 (Hatch dropped his threats almost immediately after).
- Virginia Tech had no chance at the ACC until the Virginia legislature pressured Virginia into not voting for expansion unless they supported Va Tech (ACC wanted Miami and either Syracuse/BC at the time, but UNC and Duke were solidly anti-expansion which meant the rest of the schools needed Virginia’s vote in order to admit Miami).
- Politicians in Oklahoma have basically tied Oklahoma and Oklahoma State (a fairly weak academic school) together which is why many think Oklahoma hasn’t left the Big 12 already.
- Same in Kansas where Kansas is AAU and Kansas State is not considered strong academically.
- Same in Washington as WAZZU doesn’t really fit the profile of the rest of the PAC 12.
- North Carolina politics forces State P5 teams to play ECU every year while keeping UNC in the ACC with 3 other North Carolina schools (everyone mentions that no State has more than 4 P5 teams, but doesn’t mention that North Carolina has 4 P5 teams – if they can have 4, Texas can have 5-6).