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Big 12 emerges smaller and richer

Fear of super-conference structure may have made conference more valuable

Updated: June 15, 2010, 11:49 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

Oh, Pac-16, with your promises of grandeur and red-eye flights, it truly is a shame we shall never know ya.

Excitement began to bubble with thoughts of a rekindled Border Conference rivalry between Texas Tech and Arizona; of Texas and Oklahoma playing at the Rose Bowl and the Los Angeles Coliseum and of hosting USC and UCLA and Oregon; of tailgate spreads of Texas ribs and Chinook salmon and swilling Shiner Bock, Oregon micro-brews and Washington wine; of spanning three time zones and more ...

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