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Report: Texas, Oklahoma schools will seek membership in the Pac-12

The Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday that Texas, Oklahoma, currently ranked first in the nation in football, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State will be seeking membership in the Pac-12 Conference, a move that conference commissioner Larry Scott was working toward last year.

There has been no official discussions among current Pac-12 members, although the newspaper reported that the four schools are engaged in serious discussions with the Pac-12.

The issue was reportedly discussed between Scott and Texas president William Powers. They met Friday at a business office in Los Angeles. The Longhorns were in town to play UCLA.

The governing boards of regents for Texas and Oklahoma will, reportedly, meet Monday to give their respective presidents the authority to act on the possible conference realignment.

The newspaper wrote that any deal would allow Texas to retain its Longhorn Network under the umbrella of the Pac-16, and keep the revenue.

"I just know we've got contracts in place, and we've got a certain structure for our networks," Scott told reporters in the press box at the Rose Bowl. "Any school would have to be part of that structure in some way."

If the four schools and the Pac-12 come to an agreement, a football conference could be aligned in four four-team pods, with Texas joined by Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Texas would play those schools every year to preserve rivalries.

"I don't know what kind of blunt instrument, like east and west, north and south, would make sense," Scott said. "We've got a lot of flexibility and a lot of creativity we could bring to alignment issues. "

David Boren, Oklahoma's university president, made it known more than two weeks ago that his school was shopping for a possible new home for the second straight summer.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

Comments

Posted by Bob, a resident of Community Center
on Sep 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

Empathically NO, NO, NO!! Texas and Oklahoma don't join anything unless they come in to RULE. The Pac 10 was once what a college conference should be except USC, and recently Oregon got its hands dirty. But this will gobble up the smaller traditional Pac 10 schools like Washington State. Once upon a time, a conference was about school spirit and local rivalries. Now it's all about $$$.


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