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Deal with SEC proves strength of Big 12

Deal with SEC proves strength of Big 12

Less than a year ago, the Big 12 was a league on the verge of collapse, the future of its member schools uncertain. Friday's announcement of a post-season bowl partnership with the SEC established the Big 12 as one of the power conferences in the sport, and capped a remarkable eight months of work by the league's interim commissioner, Chuck Neinas.

When this is all over, and the Big 12 finally settles for good, its member schools may want to consider keeping a standing tab open for Chuck Neinas at…well…wherever he wants. The progress this conference has made since his installment as the interim commissioner in late September of last year are absolutely astonishing. Eight months ago, the Big 12 was gasping out its death rattle in the eyes...

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