Then Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins suggested a binding 10-year agreement in a story on AOL FanHouse. OK, here's the explanation. Just got off the phone with Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe for a column that will run Sunday. In the process, I asked him about the apparent discrepancy. Here's what Beebe said: As part of their plans for continuing the Big 12 with impending defections, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, Iowa State and Missouri agreed to 10-year commitments as a sign to other schools that might have considered joining or remaining in the league. The 10-year commitment now only applies to those five and may not be even applicable given the change in circumstances. That said, Beebe acknowledged that the league might revisit its by-laws to strengthen its membership commitment. *********** I originally saw this on the Rivals board, but it's also all over free sites including: http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/06/about-that-10-year-big-12-commitment.html Have I said, "Thank all things holy and unholy that we escaped the Big 12!!!" yet today?