Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 181
Had a good day: Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe went from the verge of having his league dissolve to solidifying a new agreement that will keep the 10 remaining schools together. Beebe convinced Texas to stay by convincing school officials that it can make $25 million a year in television revenue going forward. Is that true? Who knows? But Texas believed it and committed to the Big 12, which is all that matters now.
Had a bad day: Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott went from the verge of having the nation's first super conference to likely having to offer invitation to Utah just to get the Pac-10 to 12 schools. Imagine that. One day you think you're adding Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, the next you're reduced to offering an invitation to the school Urban Meyer left for Florida. I'm not sure if Larry Scott drinks. But if he does, he probably is right now. Or at least he should be.
Quote of the day: "I got resuscitated. You can take your hands off my chest." -- Baylor football coach Art Briles , who will continue to be a Big 12 coach thanks to Texas deciding to hold the Big 12 together. Had that not happened, Baylor (and Briles) could've been headed to the Mountain West or Conference USA. That would've been disappointing, especially considering Briles already coached in C-USA once (at Houston).
Link of the day: Click this link to read the latest from Orangebloods.com's Chip Brown, who might've benefited as much as anybody over the past two weeks. Brown owned the realignment story from start to finish, proof being how he was the first to report Texas might leave the Big 12 for the Pac-10, and the first to report Texas would reject the Pac-10 to stay in the Big 12.
On tap: The next move will likely be the Pac-10 offering membership to Utah. Meantime, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo is expected to choose between the Spartans and Cavaliers at some point before Midnight Madness in October, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com.