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It's been a dizzying start to the college football season, not so much on the field as in the board room, where as conference loyalties have shifted (Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC) and trembled (the Big 12).
There was talk of solidarity, plans for stability, expressions of encouragement.
The Big 12 dumped its embattled commissioner Thursday and said nine schools had pledged to give their TV rights to the conference for the next six years, a step intended to preserve a fractured league that has lost two members in the past year and is expected to lose another by next summer.
Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe is out after the conference nearly collapsed for the second time in just over a year.
Throughout perhaps the most difficult ordeal of his life, Oklahoma State co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Glenn Spencer remained dedicated to his craft.
Hoping to heal their fractured conference, Big 12 leaders scheduled a private summit Thursday to start patching up hurt feelings and stabilize the league.
Big 12 leaders will meet Thursday, trying to find ways to stabilize the conference, including changing the leadership.
Twelve is enough for the Pac-12, putting the Big 12 in position to survive yet another round of conference realignment.
Turned away by the Pac-12, the Big 12's most powerful members are trying to find ways to live together again after weeks of hurtling toward a break up.