Baylor President Livingstone, AD Rhoades release statement regarding Big 12

July 23, 2021

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WACO, Texas (July 23, 2021) The following message was sent to the Baylor University Family today from Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack B. Rhoades IV.

Dear Baylor Family:

As many of you are aware, news broke this week of an alleged change in the Big 12 Conference membership, linking the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma with a possible move to the Southeastern Conference.

Since that time, we have heard many of you express concerns about the uncertainty of our conference and the potential impact on Baylor University a concern we share with you.

We understand the significance and urgency of this matter, as our conference membership impacts not only Baylor, but also the Waco community, the state of Texas and beyond. Conference affiliation has the power to greatly enhance our institution's academic and athletic national standing and visibility while also expanding academic and research opportunities available to faculty, students and our communities. For our state, it is critical to our economy and Texas' overall reputation to maintain five "Power Five" institutions, reinforcing the Lone Star State's athletic preeminence.

Rest assured, we, along with the Board of Regents, members of the Baylor delegation in the Texas Legislature and other Baylor leaders, are actively engaged in conversations with our Big 12 colleagues and others to ensure our University is in the strongest position possible now and into the future. 

In the midst of what promises to be a lot of angst and speculation, we will continue to focus on what we can control and support our student-athletes and staffs. And, as the landscape of college athletics continues to change, we maintain an unshakable belief in the strength and resiliency of Baylor and the Baylor brand.

Thank you for your enduring love of Baylor University and the vital role you play in helping Baylor carry out its Christian mission while competing academically and athletically at the highest levels.


Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.

Mack B. Rhoades, IV
Vice President
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Tags: Big 12, Baylor
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Baylor President Livingstone, AD Rhoades release statement regarding Big 12

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We have seen this coming a long time. If UT would just make one call to ESPN. Tell them they want to turn the Longhorn Network into a Big 12 Network, it would change the whole conversation.

Yes, I know that is far-fetched, but I know MANY UT fans--some work on our team--and they admit the Longhorn Network is a joke. And to a person each of them has said, NO, we don't want to go to the SEC.

I hope there is a brain down there, someone that will realize that $ are not the ONLY thing that matters. The future $ depend on having fans that feel engaged. They are already on the brink of completely losing that argument!!
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I'm not sure if it's the dog days of summer or the news about the SEC, Texas, Oklahoma and ESPN robbing the remaining 8 blind, I don't see any articles written here in the last day or so. I guess we are all in a wait and see mode. How long does the SEC take to vote on something that should only take about ten minutes. So is ESPN going to help fix the remaining conferences for the top 65 schools?
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