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Bidding a tearful farewell to Big 12

Updated: June 11, 2010, 6:34 PM ET
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com

We gather here today to mourn the loss of the Big 12 Conference. Though the conference wasn't on this earth for long, its list of accomplishments is staggering. On behalf of the OTHER 11 schools, I'd like to publicly thank the University of Texas for allowing us to be in your presence for the past 14 years.

We know the Longhorns fought valiantly to save the conference, but in the end, UT president Bill Powers honored the league's DNR request as he toured Napa Valley with the chancellors ...

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