I agree it is very much semantics so does it matter who initiates? At the end of the day the school chooses to leave. The TX/OU surprise has told us it’s impossible to know what may be going on secretly with other conferences. I wouldn’t wait for the phone to ring. I’d like to think that the BIG is at least working/building relationships to set up an informal right of first refusal with premium PAC and ACC schools (i.e. if / before you decide to leave for the SEC please allow us to give you our best offer). Although I doubt the BIG set this up for Texas. I’m sure It takes a lot of relationship building with a school to put this arrangement in place which was not done for TX. Was it a wake up call for the BIG?Maybe it's semantics, and it's certainly political, but I think Warren and company would much rather have schools initiate the process rather than vice versa. That could change, but I don't think the current situation calls for poaching mode.
Maintaining the option to negotiate joining the BIG is another reason why I am not a fan of the friendly PAC/ACC/BIG alliance, because it can create a conflict of interest with the business aspect of realignment. I’m guessing that Sankey’s lack of “friendly” ties with Bowlsby helped make the TX/OU move happen.