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Report: Pac-10 to issue invites this week

On Sunday, commissioner Larry Scott was given the authority by his Pac-10 bosses to advance the expansion process.

Based on at least one report, he’s going to waste little time in wielding that power.

According to Chip Brown of, “Scott will start extending invitations formally to six Big 12 schools this week.”

Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are all but guaranteed to get an invitation; the sixth school, Brown reports, will come down to Baylor and Colorado, depending on how much political pull president Kenneth Starr and some 15-odd Baylor alumni currently residing in the Texas legislature have in maintaining BU’s place on UT’s coattails.

If the invitations are extended, it’s likely that the six schools would wait and see if Nebraska and Missouri will “comply” with a Friday “deadline” for declaring Big 12 loyalty.

If those two schools don’t?  It’s likely the end of the Big 12 as we know it.

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  1. edgy1957 says: Jun 7, 2010 1:59 PM

    My tweaked plan for realignment for those who think I’m nuts. :)
    BTW, the reason for 12 teams is that it makes more sense than 16 (Ask the WAC why they split up after they reached 16).

  2. NoVaRuss says: Jun 7, 2010 2:09 PM

    I like Baylor, but it’s too bad that TCU couldn’t have gotten the shot to step up and compete in the PAC-10/20 as that sixth school. They’d have been a great add.

  3. SoFlaTrojan says: Jun 7, 2010 2:54 PM

    I agree Nova

  4. wwwwfour says: Jun 7, 2010 3:31 PM

    You are all nuts. The NCAA should put a stop to the insanity now. Since when do a privileged group of AD’s, college prez and legislators (along with TV execs) get to determine the financial fate of other NCAA member institutions? This holier than thou, mightier than thou, richer than thou and more entitled than thou attitude is not benefitting college athletics. The “student athletes” are not going to see a dime of this.

  5. getreal says: Jun 7, 2010 4:19 PM

    This is crazy. I grew up watching the Big 12 and will admit I’m shocked this can so easily happen. I guess my question/opinions are the following:
    At what point does the NCAA need to stop this?It seems like everybody wants to move conferences around just to boost a few piles of cash. Do they not get enough already?? The way conferences have been doing this lately feels a lot more like P&G or Wal-Mart restructuring their product lines then it does good ole fashioned great college football. Where does the loyalty and history come it to play here (or does it?)? Does the extra cash make up for the loss of the old rivalry games like OU vs Nebraska or Texas or eve the Bed Shoot Out with OSU? Is anybody really thinking about long term issues or the great good of college ball or are we all thinking about the almighty dollar only?
    Hmm…don’t know what to say except crazy crazy. Oh, and Oklahoma and Texas schools in the Pacific Coast Conference??? Make about as much sense as the entire BCS…so why not…

  6. Tha Hamburger says: Jun 7, 2010 4:29 PM

    But these “privileged AD’s, etc.” are doing this in the best interest of the student athletes. Do you think kids want to play in the MWC over the Big 10? The additional exposure helps them to have more notable collegiate careers that they can look back on and be proud of when most of them are working in an office someday.
    Texas is the main culprit behind this shit storm along with their lover Beebe. That guy is trying to flex a muscle that doesn’t exist and it’s just ridiculous. He can’t force Nebraska or Mizzou to do anything…realistically all either school has to do is say “Yeah, we’re in the Big 12. Sweet man.” then a few weeks later say “Welp…Big gulps? Alright, see ya later.” and bolt to the Big 10. There’s nothing Beebe can do about it…
    Plus, in a sport that seems to display such poor loyalty, would this shock anyone? The kids aren’t loyal to their word at all so if an institution were to follow suit I don’t think anybody should be surprised.
    Nebraska and Mizzou will be leaving the Big 12. Announcement in the next week. Thank Beebe and his love obsession Texas for this whole fiasco.

  7. wwwwfour says: Jun 7, 2010 5:07 PM

    I’ve seen other comments on other blogs about the Texas “deal” in the Big 12 and the slights felt by Mizzou and Neb. But no one has been specific on what it is that Texas gets. I’m guessing it’s their TV contract that they don’t have to share. Moving the conferance HQ to Texas was probably a very bad idea. It’s very doubtful that Neb. ever gets to the Rose Bowl, but whatever no. 2 or 3 bowl in the Big Ten probably beats the Holiday Bowl. Mizzou, I guess, just wants the money and doesn’t care that they’ll be taking up space with the likes of Purdue and Iowa (boy are the colors going to be confusing now).

  8. omahahusker says: Jun 8, 2010 8:41 AM

    I am from NU. A lot of people are upset on how TX manhandles the conference. They are now trying to push the conf championship in Dallas. It currently goes between there and KC. This was done so no one area would benefit over the long run. Also would let the northern fans to be able to see the game every few years. This also would make the game much more uneven in the championship. The only team that will have fans that travel that much up north is NU. Other than that, MU and the other schools don’t even compare. If that game was in KC, Then those fans actually show.
    This is nothing but TX trying to run the whole conference. Yes TX is a good football team and is towards the top right now. That doesn’t mean it should get all the benefits from a conference stand point.

  9. B-A-Fan says: Jun 8, 2010 8:52 AM

    Let the Big 12 south go to the PAC-10. Mizzou and Nebraska should stay in the Big-12. Neither one would have much to gain by jumping to the Big-10 (11) except maybe revenues. I don’t think either one would be a major force in the Big-10. They could go after Iowa and Air Force and possibly Minnesota and Wyoming. They would be the new Big-10 or a reorganized Big-8.

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