At his press conference Friday, Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw gave us some great reasons for why the Big 12 should stick around (tradition, money, rivalries, etc.). But the truth is, not matter how hard Baylor tries, it sure looks like the league that was formed back in the nineties is getting ready to fold. Texas is ready to leave for the Pac 10 and it doesn't look like they're bringing Baylor with them.
Does this stink? Yes. Is it fair for Baylor? Heck no. Is it the reality that Baylor has to deal with now? Unfortunately, yes.
Right now, at least from their public comments, it doesn't seem like Baylor officials are preparing for life without the Big 12 as we know it. Adam Winkler asked McCaw if they have a plan if they aren't able to save the Big 12. McCaw answered by saying they are "focused on keeping the Big 12 together." I applaud that effort, but I also think it's time for Baylor to start making calls to other leagues. Call the SEC. Heck, it's worth a try. Call the Mountain West and talk about joining their league. There is a good chance the the MWC will be a BCS conference in a few years, and that's the kind of league Baylor needs to be a part of.
Baylor has to make sure that they are in a BCS league once all the dust settles. Because the demise of the Big 12 is bad, but dropping all the way to Conference USA is even worse for Baylor.