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Texas to Pac-12 reportedly ‘almost certain’

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Which should automatically tell you that it’s anything but certain, but what the hell, it’s all going downhill from here, right?

That seems to be the case with the ACC announcing today that it has accepted Syracuse and Pittsburgh from the Big East as its two newest members, creating a 14-team conference. The question now becomes “what’s next?”. We know the SEC is happy with the idea of bringing in Texas A&M as its 13th member for the time being; what, if any, further moves commissioner Mike Slive makes beyond that is uncertain at this point in time.

And then there are the two Board of Regents meetings to be held by Oklahoma and Texas on Monday that could very well authorize university presidents David Boren and William Powers, respectively, to hold all the conference decision-making power. But what will each school decide? All rumors have pointed to the Sooners moving on to the Pac-12 with Oklahoma State — although we should let the record show that’s not publicly set in stone yet — but Texas’ future appears more ambiguous.

Not according to Kirk Bohls of the Austin-American Statesman. Speaking — or, tweeting, I should say — on behalf of Bohls today has been the Statesman‘s Randy Riggs, who tweets “On plane at LAX. My guy @kbohls says it’s almost certain #Longhorns are bound for the PAC-12. Stay tuned.”

Riggs goes on to say “And @kbohls adds that the #Longhorns move West should happen sooner rather than later. Could be a wild week… adds PAC-12 and independence are #Longhorns’ only options.”

Of course, we’re just going to have to wait and see. There are certainly some options that are more likely than others for Texas, but eliminating any at this point (besides a move by UT to the Big East) probably isn’t a wise decision. As we were told yesterday by a high ranking ACC official, “none of us are actually sure/in the know.”

But there is still one question amid the speculation that we do know still exists: is Texas willing to forfeit or compromise some of its power with the Longhorn Network?  A move to the Pac-12 could very well force Texas to share its LHN revenue and exposure with other teams. Are the Longhorns prepared to give that up?

If not, and as Bohls states, football independence is a possible route, as is landing with another conference — say, the ACC — who is more willing to accommodate Texas’ wishes. But don’t think for a second that the Longhorns are out in the cold on this one. There may be some truth to the statement that Texas “overplayed its hand“, but it seems unfathomable that if Texas came calling that a conference commissioner wouldn’t pick up the phone and listen.

Hopefully, we’ll get a better idea as to what Texas and Oklahoma will be doing sometime this week. Until then, this continues to be a fluid situation.

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11 Responses to “Texas to Pac-12 reportedly ‘almost certain’”
  1. richatthelake says: Sep 18, 2011 12:24 PM

    Mizzou’s going to the Big-10, OU & OSU to the PAC-12, BYU moving to the Big-12, MU, KU, K-State going to Big East, now Texas is a “sure thing” to go to PAC-12. There’s more bogus information regarding this conference, I’m not believing a thing until it actually happens. No sure things right now.

  2. chobes68 says: Sep 18, 2011 12:29 PM

    is BYU going to be in the Big 12 all by themselves?

  3. thefiesty1 says: Sep 18, 2011 12:46 PM

    DeLOSS will roll over in his grave before he gives up HIS Longhorn Network. However, he lost this round and Texas, TT, OK and OK State have basically NO option except the PAC 16.

  4. cappa662 says: Sep 18, 2011 12:52 PM

    Same thing they said last year.

  5. mogogo1 says: Sep 18, 2011 1:10 PM

    The Longhorn Network is going to cause problems not matter where Texas wants to go. Anytime you let one school have something nobody else can have, you breed resentment. That’s what killed the Big 12. Will other conferences be so blind as to let that poison in?

    Let’s say Texas swallows hard and agrees to share LHN profits completely equally with the other Pac 12 schools. The network is still a major recruiting tool that nobody else has. And when USC and UCLA decide they want their own networks, does the conference have to say “okay” and tick all the other schools off? Or do they tell them “Sorry, that’s something special we gave Texas”? Either way, you end up with ill will. The Big 10 doesn’t allow team’s to have separate TV deals, and any smart conference will demand the same.

  6. tedlinko says: Sep 18, 2011 1:47 PM

    @chobes68. Sure. Why not? It’s called “Independent”– which is what they are right now.

  7. suzbruz says: Sep 18, 2011 2:00 PM

    This is a little off topic, but I don’t understand why everyone always gets in such an uproar over the Texas TV deal, although I think it is idiotic, and no one ever has anything to say about Notre Dame being the network of NBC. I get the “Independent” thing but I for one could care less about Notre Dame. I would like to see something with some regional interest, but I guess NBC and MSNBC are just as bad to add to the mass marketing and revenue at all cost attitude as the alumni donors they are always quick to ridicule.

  8. stoopwitzer says: Sep 18, 2011 2:37 PM

    Ummm suzbruz, two obvious answers…

    1 ND is indy
    2 Opposing teams fans watching them play against ND on NBC don’t have to pay for the privilege while listening to homers announcers giving play by play.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Sep 18, 2011 4:15 PM

    @stoopwhitzer

    The Longhorn Network should be a moot point since they can’t seem to get carriers to actually reach more than 50,000 viewers.

    It’s a bust! But, DeLOSS got his $300M contract with ESPN. They are the ones that got screwed on the deal. Texas needs to give them their first year payment back and say sorry, never mind.

  10. lbijake says: Sep 18, 2011 6:05 PM

    to suzbruz:

    I get the “Independent” thing but I for one could care less about Notre Dame.

    If you actually care less about Notre dame, then please go ahead and do so. If you meant you couldn’t care less about Notre Dame, then your sentence makes a modicum of sense.

  11. webfootdoug58 says: Sep 18, 2011 6:12 PM

    AAAARRGH!

    Anyone but Texas.

    As if we didn’t have enough problems now in the PAC 12.

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