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What They Wrote About Big 12-SEC Announcement
May 19, 2012
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Friday's announcement that the Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference have a five-year agreement to partner in a bowl game that will debut in the 2014 season had the college sports media world buzzing. Here are the story links with the reporting and reaction to the announcement.

The Big 12 and the SEC announce the start of a "new January bowl tradition."|

The announcement of the bowl agreement with the SEC strengthened the Big 12's stature as a premier football conference.

Mark Schlabach of says the announcement sent even more conference realignment ripples throughout college football.

Tony Barnhart of says that the Big 12 and the SEC staked out a big chunk of real estate in the new world order of postseason college football.

Dennis Dodd of writes that the Big 12 and the SEC changed the paradigm of college football perhaps at the most critical time in the game's history.

Matt Hayes of The Sporting News writes that the Big 12-SEC announcement clearly defines the haves and have-nots of college football.

Stewart Mandel of says that the Big 12 and the SEC made a bold statement that proves they'll be in the center of a reconstructed college football postseason.

Sources told Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News that the Big 12-SEC agreement is a "game changer" that could spark a move toward four "super conferences."

Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says that the leaders of the two conferences handled their business and have effectively turned the bowl system on its head.

The Big 12-Southeastern Conference bowl alliance is great news for the Big 12, says Jenni Carlson of the Oklahoman.

And Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman believes that the Big 12-SEC bowl deal is good news for college football.

The SEC and the Big 12 thumbed their noses at the Rose Bowl and the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences, writes Kirk Bowls of the Austin-American Statesman.

The announcement of the Big 12-SEC bowl agreement is indication that the Big 12 is now back at the "big kids table" in college football, writes Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star.

Pete Thamel of the New York Times wonders what unintended consequences and ripple effects will result from the Big12-SEC announcement.

The Big 12-SEC agreement is a brilliant move, good for the leagues and the schools and the television networks and the fans, says John E. Hoover of the Tulsa World.

George Schroeder of the Eugene Register-Guard says the Big 12-SEC deal is the first big shot fired in the post-BCS era - even though we're not yet in the post-BCS era.


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