Deal that saved the Big 12 reveals deep slant in equality

NORMAN — The Big 12 Conference survived one of the most tumultuous two weeks in college football history. Even after being pronounced dead by most around the country and even by those who reside in it, it emerged as a functioning conference.

Even after Nebraska and Colorado bolted, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe was able to hold the other 10 teams in place.

“We’ve landed in a good place, not just for the Big 12, but for all collegiate athletics, in my opinion,” he said.

But how can that be possible? The agreement that emerged earlier this week kept the conference alive, but it emerged as something closer to a caste system instead of a unified conference with 10 equal members. Some schools came out big winners in the revamped Big 12. Others took a hit.