Not only do the little guys have to live with whatever decisions Texas makes for them, but they really don't have any other options. Like you said, Baylor is simply lucky to even be sitting at the big kid's table. It is sad to see the small segments of those fanbases that don't see a problem with their schools being used and abused. As a fanbase, they should expect more from their institutions.
Conference realignment is actually fun to sit back and watch now. While everyone else scrambles to put pieces together, Slive and the SEC are just sitting back and laughing as they roll around in their beds full of money. The SEC Network is going to be absolutely ridiculous in terms of money and branding for the 14 member institutions, and it feels real good to be a part of it. Of course, possibly going 10-2 in year one of the SEC doesn't hurt neither.