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'Decision made' for Texas, others to join Pac-10; A&M on the fence

Call the funeral home, get the eulogies ready.  The official demise of the Big 12 is upon us.

According to the Austin American Statesman‘s Kirk Bohls — as connected a beat writer as there is in the country — he’s been told by a highly-placed Big 12 official that Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will join the Pac-10 once the expected invitations are extended by the conference.

(Let the stench of death sink in for a minute.)

There will likely be yet another Big 12 school to join that quintet in the Pac-10; just which school it is remains to be seen.

The same source noted above told Bohls that Texas A&M is “sitting on the fence” as far as following their Southern brethren to the Pac-10.  The Aggies have a 72-hour timeline to decide whether they will follow the leader to the Pac-10 or strike out on their own, possibly landing in the SEC.

Former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings, now a member of the A&M Board of Regents, is believed to be pushing for his school to pursue a spot in the SEC.

If A&M were to eschew what seems to be an unspoken invite to the Pac-10, Baylor could take the Aggies’ spot.  However, there could be an issue with the religion-based school.

While the other Big 12 schools eyeing the Pac-10 “have said positive things about them. … the schools on the West Coast just don’t see the benefit of Baylor.”

So, if A&M and Baylor are out, where would the Pac-10 turn to get to an even 16 teams?  The source told Bohls that Kansas and Utah would be options because “they bring different television markets.”

Regardless of what happens with A&M, one thing is certain: Texas and the Big 12 are all but gone.

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12 Responses to “'Decision made' for Texas, others to join Pac-10; A&M on the fence”
  1. Tha Hamburger says: Jun 11, 2010 7:09 PM

    They don’t see the benefit of having Baylor in the conference? Good…at least someone else shares my total and utter confusion as to why any conference would welcome them.

  2. JaggedMark says: Jun 11, 2010 7:34 PM

    Don’t believe it. Texas is going to the Big 10 with Notre Dame just as soon as they get word A & M is going to the SEC.

  3. adammwilson77 says: Jun 11, 2010 7:38 PM

    Baylor has basketball?

  4. xacvol says: Jun 11, 2010 8:22 PM

    What’s a Baylor?

  5. Robert Garcia (vegasrobert) says: Jun 11, 2010 9:10 PM

    Love it… I went to both UT and Baylor so that’s the only reason I want them to stay together. Screw the Aggies!!
    But I totally get it.. the religious – based school is more than “religous”.. it’s extreme and fanatic when it comes to GOD. West Coast intellects are smart to see BU is NOT a cultural fit.
    My heart is broken. It’s not easy for Big 12 fans and this is gonna drag for 2 more years??? Ouch.

  6. Henador says: Jun 11, 2010 10:38 PM

    I really hope that Texas, Okrahoma, Baylor and Tech do NOT go to the Pac-10. It is too weak of a conference for these teams to go there, especially with USC’s broken back. What I don’t understand is why is the Big 12 breaking up? It was a great conference that generated lots of moolah. Why mess with a strong, money making conference? Going to other conferences will make these teams’s alumni and fans travel too far, so I predict that it’s going to blow up in their faces. It’s getting harder and harder, aka more expensive, to travel by airplane. What are they going to do, caravan 1,000+ miles each way?

  7. czxqa says: Jun 11, 2010 10:52 PM

    Texas killed the Big Twelve. Texas and Texas alone. They were in negotiations with the Big Ten two months ago, they were talking to the Pac 10, then they turned around and demanded that Nebraska declare loyalty to the B12 without any assurances from them? What a joke. Texas has destroyed every conference they’ve been in. Good luck, Pac-15 or 16 or whatever you end up being.

  8. TB3 says: Jun 11, 2010 11:32 PM

    How is the PAC-10 weak with Washington rebounding, Oregon St on the prowl, Oregon dangerous when they get rid of the thugs, UCLA with Neuheisel, USC coming off sanctions, and Zona with Mike Stoops. Looks to me in 3-4 years this could produce 6 legit title contenders. What is the undecided 5 (+Colorado) bringing? Oklahoma and Texas that pretty much it. aTm if they decide to come are average at best, OSU is a kid brother at best, TT well Tubbs will find a way to screw that up (he’s no Pirate), Colorado well Slash, Rashaan Salaam, and Michael Westbrook aren’t there anymore.
    So saying the Big XII is too big for the PAC-10 is outlandish.

  9. Fire Ted says: Jun 11, 2010 11:49 PM

    If it’s about money, go the the Pac Ten. If it’s about being competetive and therefore, about recruiting, try to get into the SEC. If it’s about tradition, you are an idiot.

  10. edgy1957 says: Jun 12, 2010 1:16 AM

    Robert Garcia (vegasrobert) says:
    West Coast intellects are smart to see BU is NOT a cultural fit.
    Baloney! They’re not a fit – PERIOD. They could worship the Devil and they still wouldn’t be a good fit. The Big 12 was forced into taking those losers and now is the perfect time to get rid of them. They’re the annoying little brother that your mom forces you to take care of when you want to be out with your friends.

  11. B-A-Fan says: Jun 12, 2010 7:50 PM

    Ok so two schools have left. Let the Big-12 south go to the SEC, PAC-10 or where ever. KU is concerned, Why? K-State should go to the Mountain West and KU should declare as an Independent. With their basketball program and reputation, they could negotiate a TV contract that would make the other 11 jealous. Think about it! NBC advertises themselves as the “Home of Notre Dame Footbal”. Why not “The Home of KU Basketball”!
    Come on KU!! Stop worrying about the other 11 and get going on your survival plan. It might be the death of a conference, but the birth of a behemoth.

  12. Rumors surface once again connecting A&M, Sooners to SEC | CollegeFootballTalk says: Jul 20, 2011 7:44 PM

    […] across the vast expanses of the Internet — at around the same time a Texas-led coalition was rumored to be heading west to form the Pac-16 — that Texas A&M and Oklahoma would be leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. […]

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