The Winner of the Losers: Win or Lose Baylor Still Won
Suddenly, the empire began to crumple. UT and the Agriculturalists were silently plotting to leave for the Big Eight and abandon the B. That is until lieutenant governor/Baylor grad Bob Bullock, smelled what the state’s two largest schools were cooking. He gathered the conspirators of the Football Ides of March and demanded answers. He advocated the B’s position and emphasized the negative effects on the community in Waco. He also suggested that he would smite them with the gavel of Judge Baylor if they thought of leaving behind his precious B. Within four days of learning of this assassination plot Bullock had destroyed the will of the leadership of UT and the Agriculturalists with alternating offers of increased funding and threats to destroy their universities. The schools had no choice but to back down to the astronomical power wielded by him and then Governor Ann Richards ('54). The war was won and the B was victorious. On February 24, 1994, V-Tx Day, Baylor stood at the summit of football power.
Baylor became the only private school to join the Big 12. The leftovers of the Southwest Conference, TCU, SMU, Rice, and Houston, were left to feed off the scraps of inferior conferences. The B knew that going forward, no matter how many games were lost, they were still winners. They were still a member of a conference that automatically receives a BCS berth. Every year, win or lose, a national championship contender has to come into their humble home and beat them on the way to a title shot. Hold that head up Baylor, the season has not yet begun, but we have already won.
[Update: This Baylorfans.com thread discusses the most significant figure in recent BU history and touches on the entry into the Big12. This Dallas Morning News article discusses Bullock, Reynolds, and Richards involvement in joining the Big12. - Eds.]