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Pac-10 commish given authority to advance expansion process

Uh-oh?  Did you hear that rumbling?

That’s the landscape of collegiate football shifting right underneath our very feet.

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott is currently holding a press conference after a meeting involving conference chancellors/presidents and, according to a tweet from Chip Brown of, it’s so on.

“Pac-10 commish Larry Scott says he’s been given authority to ‘advance’ expansion process (hand out invites) at today’s Pac-10 meetings,” Brown wrote in a post on his Twitter account.

As Brown has very deftly reported over the past few days, there have been a few scenarios laid out by Scott to those with the authority and power to give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to future league plans.  The preferred scenario for Scott, reportedly, is for six teams from the Big 12 — Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado — to be invited to join what is currently called the Pac-10.

So, with Scott’s own words, we are now to the point, it seems, where it’s not a question of “if” expansion will happen, but “when”.  And, with “who”.

With Jim Delany stating during his press conference today that there will be “no action on their end” right now when it comes to expansion, can Nebraska and Missouri afford to not give a pledge of allegiance to the Big 12?

Suddenly, those two schools find themselves in quite the predicament, when it seemed like just a month ago they were dealing from a position of “power”, what with the reported interest from the Big Ten — and the revenue that would flow from a move — and all.

This is far from a fluid situation, with the moving conference and institutional parts and all, but Scott’s sudden and shocking aggressiveness when it comes to expansion has turned it from a 12-18 month Big Ten process to the Pac-10’s follow-my-lead-and-try-to-keep-up approach.

And that cannot sit well with Delany, regardless of what stance he takes publicly.

UPDATE 4:31 p.m. ET: Here’s a tweet from Pete Thamel of the New York Times, one that will make Buff Nation very pissed off. And fans of Oklahoma State and Texas Tech somewhat concerned.

Source: Baylor appears to have bumped Colo in Pac-10 expansion. Also, Pac-10 pres have concern over TT and OSU academics.

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  1. georges says: Jun 6, 2010 8:08 PM

    Concerns over academics at Texas Tech and Oklahoma State University? Seriously? These are two outstanding universities with graduates in top positions all over the world. Get off this Tier 1 and Tier 2, etc. nonsense and pay attention to what universities are required to do today by taxpayers and state legislators: Show us what happens when your graduates leave the university. Do they succeed in their chosen fields? Taxpayers and state legislators don’t care if Professor A is doing research on “How a Brown Recluse Spider Spins a Web and How This Process Affects the Spider’s Psychological Profile” or if Professor B has published 100 articles in The Literary Journal of American Samoa. They want to know what a university’s graduates are doing? This is the new world. Unfortunately, a lot of universities haven’t received this message. Check out what happens to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State University graduates! You’ll see thousands and thousands of success stories!

  2. Gailikk says: Jun 6, 2010 8:14 PM

    As a PAC 10 fan, this isn’t making sense. Why Baylor? What do they bring? Nothing. Waco, TX isn’t a major market and historically this team under performs in football. Whereas Colorado brings the Denver, CO market and historically won consistently. Texas can ask for the sky and the moon, but the PAC 10 would be fools to take Baylor over Colorado.
    If, and that is a big if, the PAC 10 actually does this I would be shocked. Isn’t this the most conservative minded conference (still 10 teams, didn’t incorporate a basketball tourney until recently despite the financial benefits, etc) over the last two decades or so. I would love to see Colorado, Texas, Texas AM, and Texas Tech in this division, a nice 14 team conference with some strong power.
    Just my 2 cent’s I guess.

  3. Gailikk says: Jun 6, 2010 8:16 PM

    Oh, and no one argue about the population shift into the southwest, we don’t want to anger jj84 here.

  4. edgy1957 says: Jun 7, 2010 1:56 PM

    My tweaked plan for realignment for those who think I’m nuts. :)

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