Pac-10 pilfering half-dozen Big 12 schools?


Bet that got your attention.

There have been all kinds of expansion rumors since the Big Ten announced in December that it was looking into expanding, but this one might take the cake.  And the main course.  And the appetizers as well.

Chip Brown of‘s pay-per-view site — and former Texas beat writer for the Dallas Morning News — writes that “Pac-10, which has its meetings in San Francisco starting this weekend, is prepared to make a bold move and invite Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado to join its league.”

(Jaw, meet floor.)

Brown cited multiple sources close to the situation for the report.

In this configuration, the newly-formed Pac-10 would split into two divisions, with Arizona and Arizona State teaming up with the pilfered Big 12 schools and the remaining current members of the Pac-10 forming the other.

The aim of the “Pac-16”, Brown reports, is to create a television network akin to what the Big Ten pulls money in with hand over fist, and would include seven of the Top Twenty television markets in the country.

Given Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe‘s talk over the past week — especially during the conference meetings the past couple of days — about loyalty, pulling in the same direction and everyone being on the same airplane, it would seem odd that conference would choose to leave Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas and Kansas State* high, dry and bent over sans lube.

Then again, stranger things have happened.

The Big 12 athletic directors and presidents are currently involved in meetings, so it may be awhile before we have an “official” response to this latest — and by far most freaking jaw-dropping — round of conference speculation.

Until then, speculate away…

(Yes, I’m fully aware that I didn’t mention Nebraska and Missouri.  Their collective bags are already packed for the Midwest in this latest apocalyptic scenario.)

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”

Illini’s leading rusher, Josh Ferguson, officially ruled out vs. Iowa

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If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.

On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa.  The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.

Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.

Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team.  He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.

With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.  Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.