Pac-12 Releases Expansion Statement, Decides Not To Add Members

Texas and Oklahoma may be on the move, and the Pac-12 could become the Pac-16 sooner rather than later.

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Conference Realignment Shows College Athletics Is A Chicken Without A Head

The latest round of conference realignment shows, once again, that nobody is in charge, and those with any power are simply children.

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Pac-12 Expansion Ideas End, Everyone Returns To Their Corners

The conference realignment wars of 2011 are over ... at least momentarily. After weeks of swirling rumors, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott released a statement on Tuesday night, in the wake of reports his conference may add Oklahoma, Texas and others, effectively putting an end to the madness. Scott said he felt the conference was best served staying at 12 schools, stopping some of the wheels of expansion.

Here is the statement, in its entirety.

 

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.– In light of the widespread speculation about potential scenarios for Conference re-alignment, the Pac-12 Presidents and Chancellors have affirmed their decision to remain a 12-team conference. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, "after careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference. While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve. With new landmark TV agreements and plans to launch our innovative television networks, we are going to focus solely on these great assets, our strong heritage and the bright future in front of us.""

So for now, that's it, if Scott is to be believed. The ridiculousness of the past few weeks may finally be over, and nothing has changed in the Pac-12. And finally, we can get back to our lives.

However, this doesn't mean conference realignment is a dead idea. It seems these same rumors pop up every year, and we can all expect to go through this again next year, if not sooner.

We'll be back with more on conference realignment as it becomes available here. For all your Pac-12 news needs, head over to Pacific Takes. Be sure to visit our local college blogs: CougCenter, for Washington State fans, and UW Dawg Pound, for Washington fans.

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Pac-12 Expansion: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Could Be Voted In This Week

Despite rumors of the Big 12 rising from the ashes and remaining intact, it appears the Pac-12 could soon become the Pac-14 or Pac-16, with a vote coming as early as the end of the week. With the Big 12 falling apart, the Pac-12 stands to benefit, perhaps adding marquee teams as it swoops to clean up the mess. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are the rumored targets right now, with Texas and Texas Tech perhaps following along later.

A vote on expansion by the Pac-12 presidents, the first step in the process, could come as soon as this week, with nine votes needed to approve the idea.

Pac-12 officials tell AP vote by presidents on whether to expand expected by end of wk. Majority+ will be needed to grow

Of course, it's just a vote, and the Pac-12 could say "thanks, but no thanks." Or perhaps not. If it does come to a vote, the conference will have already made the decision to expansion, according to Bryan Fischer.

Pac-12 source on presidents vote this week: "Larry (Scott) wouldn't call a vote if he didn't know the outcome beforehand."

The voting aspect of this all is interesting, and funny in a way. Previously, the Pac-10 needed eight votes to make major decisions, and it was typically USC and UCLA forming a voting bloc, with one other school -- reportedly Washington -- jumping in on the no when it came to splitting TV revenue. It made sense at the time.

Now, with the newly-expanded Pac-12, it takes nine votes to approve major moves, meaning four schools would have to dig in and shoot down an idea. It's less likely such a voting bloc exists now, and all 12 schools seem to be working in harmony at the moment -- a far cry from other conferences around the country.

Forming a consensus wouldn't seem to be difficult, and if Larry Scott can convince the membership that adding more schools would result in a bigger revenue pie, and more money along the way, there's no reason the Pac-12 won't expand.

We'll be back with more on conference realignment as it becomes available here. For all your Pac-12 news needs, head over to Pacific Takes. Be sure to visit our local college blogs: CougCenter, for Washington State fans, and UW Dawg Pound, for Washington fans.

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Dan Beebe Still Thinks Big 12 Is Strong, May Be Delusional

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe knew Texas and Oklahoma were ready to give their presidents the power to make conference alignment decisions and saw the potential implosion of the conference he oversees coming, he said in a statement on Monday. Texas and Oklahoma may be on the move soon, perhaps heading west to join the Pac-12 at some point. If the Sooners and Longhorns do make a move, it will put a nail in the coffin of the Big 12, which is already on its last legs.

But Beebe is hanging onto hope, as he always does. In a statement on Monday, he asserted the Big 12 is still a strong conference, and asks the schools to please think of the children.

“The actions taken today by the governing boards of the universities of Oklahoma and Texas was anticipated. It is my opinion that the case for the Big 12 Conference continues to be as strong today for all of our current members as it was last year, especially considering the welfare of those to whom we owe the greatest responsibility—the student-athletes."

Sure, right now the Big 12 is the same as it was last year: Texas A&M hasn't officially joined the SEC, so nothing has changed. But it's clear the conference is bursting apart at the seams, with Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M all rumored to be interested in the Pac-12, and Texas A&M all but in the SEC. Missouri may also be picked off, perhaps as the 14th SEC team.

Beebe had to say something, but he's in a no win situation right now. His conference is falling apart on its own, and will likely be the biggest realignment casualty.

We'll be back with more on conference realignment as it becomes available here. For all your Pac-12 news needs, head over to Pacific Takes. Be sure to visit our local college blogs: CougCenter, for Washington State fans, and UW Dawg Pound, for Washington fans.

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Pac-12 Expansion: Texas Looking West, With A Nudge From Oklahoma

It's been clear all along that the Texas Longhorns hoped to keep the Big 12 intact, or at least give the appearance that was the case. And why wouldn't they? With the Longhorn Network serving as a potentially large revenue source and a BCS auto-bid, the Big 12 could have been a viable home if it could weather the storm. But now, it appears the Longhorns are changing their stance, and perhaps looking west, towards the Pac-12.

According to CBS Sports' Bryan Fischer, officials from Oklahoma and Texas met last week, and the Sooners gave the Longhorns a friendly nudge. As a result, Texas higher-ups met with officials from the Pac-12 sometime in the last week.

Source says last week's meeting between Texas/OU officials in Oklahoma "changed Texas' thinking a little." Basically, Texas has seen the light that keeping the Big 12 together, while the goal, is very unlikely to happen. That's why there was indeed a meeting between Texas and Pac-12 officials in LA.

As noted earlier, the presidents from Texas and Oklahoma were given the go-ahead to make conference alignment decisions on Monday. While the Board of Regents from each school still must give approval to any move, the Longhorns and Sooners can begin formally exploring other options.

While the process may not be fast, the Big 12 seems as good as dead. Barring a last-minute save -- which has happened before -- the conference may be put out of its misery in the next month.

We'll be back with more on conference realignment as it becomes available. For all your Pac-12 news needs, head over to Pacific Takes. Be sure to visit our local college blogs: CougCenter, for Washington State fans, and UW Dawg Pound, for Washington fans.

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Pac-12 Expansion: Oklahoma, Texas Authorize Presidents To Take Action

Texas and Oklahoma may be on the move, and the Pac-12 could become the Pac-16 sooner rather than later.

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