Dan Beebe had his chance two years ago to save the Big 12 Conference, but the commissioner blew it by deciding to put his trust in Big Ten counterpart Jim Delany.
Instead, as many as eight Big 12 teams could get offers this week to join other conferences. Beebe, in a last-ditch effort to keep his league together, has given Nebraska and Missouri a deadline of Friday to commit to the Big 12.
Six other Big 12 teams are reportedly being targeted by the Pacific 10, which is looking to create a 16-team superconference.
All this could have been avoided if Beebe had decided in 2008 to support a proposal for a "Plus One" format to the Bowl Championship Series, writes Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports.