In a bombshell development that could bring a halt to seismic changes in college realignment, sources tell Orangebloods.com Texas has been convinced by a plan presented by commissioner Dan Beebe to stay in a 10-member Big 12.
UT officials are expected to announce their decision to remain in the Big 12 as early as Monday.
Such a move would appear to end a courtship between Texas and the Pac-10, which all but seemed solidified as of Friday when Nebraska announced it was heading to the Big Ten and Colorado had a press conference with its new commissioner – Larry Scott of the Pac-10.
But as it became clear over the weekend that Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State appeared ready join the Pac-10 and Texas A&M appeared ready to join the SEC, Beebe was able to obtain assurances that a TV deal could be reached paying each of the 10 remaining members of the Big 12 between $14 million and $17 million.
So that’s that I guess. There are other links and rumors and such out there, such as Larry Scott basically all over Big 12 country over the weekend. But if Texas stays in the Big 12, honestly, why in the world would the others like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech bolt? They won’t.
The thing is, as much as the rumors and such have been reported, Texas has said all along that they wanted to stay in the Big 12, one way or another, if it was feasible. It looks like they are hearing what they want to from the Big 12 commish, and they are going to stick it out.
So where does that leave the new Pac-11? Remember Colorado hopped on last Friday, so we’ve got this out-of-balance thing going on. Well, there was a rumor that Larry Scott was in Salt Lake City on Friday, as he was heading east towards Big 12 country. You can probably connect the dots on that one.
All for now. GO COUGS!