Let me make one thing clear -- I am opposed to the proposed expansion of the Pac 10. Weeks ago, I said I preferred a Pac 9 accomplished by the elimination of the nation's dirtiest program.
However, for those of you debating the Colorado v. Baylor issue, I thought I'd call your attention to an article in the Houston Chronicle that lays for some arguments in favor of Baylor that have not been heard here.
In a commentary Big 12 needs to keep Baylor at the table, Richard Justice, a respected Chronicle sports writer shows some sides of Baylor we've not seen.
Here are some of his major points:
1. Other than football, Baylor has competitive teams in both men's and women's sports. (That was particularly true in basketball, this year, on both sides of the gender line);
2. In the last 10 years, Baylor has raised $62 million to upgrade it's facilities; and,
3. (Now the statistics I like best): In three out of the last 4 years, Baylor led the Big 12 in graduation rates; 92% of the Baylor athletes who complete their eligibility graduate;
Once more, I am not an advocate of expansion -- and I find Justice's approach to forcing Baylor into the expansion somewhat offensive if not Texas arrogant.
Texas is the school with the power and the appeal, and Texas can protect Baylor. “No Baylor, no Texas“ ought to be the message from the Longhorns.
My position, none of the above.
My reason for posting this is to show a side of Baylor we've not seen, not to advocate for the expansion or to get into the battle about who should be in it should it occur.