Where each Big 12 team stands

Call Texas the kingpin. Everyone wants the Longhorns. Their national following, huge recruiting base and competitive teams in virtually every sport make them the LeBron James-like free agent of this whole situation. Staying in the Big 12 makes the most sense for the Longhorns, and though they’d have to bring along at least a few of their friends, they could play in just about any conference they wanted.

Team to watch: Nebraska

If Nebraska stays, there would be little reason for the Longhorns to leave. If Nebraska leaves, Missouri likely would, too, and Texas would have to either patch together a weakened Big 12 or move to a more attractive situation — like the Pac-10.

Possible landing spots: Big 12, Pac-10, Big Ten