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Why (Some of) the Big 12’s Weirdness Works

"The most interesting conference in college sports."

Weeks before the Big 12 expands to 16 teams, Godfrey and Alex dive into the unique place the conference currently occupies. It’s not rich like the Big Ten and SEC, but it’s not teetering like the ACC or dead like the old Pac-12. Things are more precarious than they were four years ago but way better than they were three years ago. Commissioner Brett Yormark is trying ideas that seem at turns silly, destructive, innovative, and extremely smart. So, what do we make of the Big 12’s present and future? Let’s talk about it. Production: Anthony Vito.

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