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