Super 16, anyone? The move of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, along with four fellow Big 12 schools, to the Pac-10 Conference seems imminent after several media outlets reported that Nebraska will accept an invitation to join the Big Ten.
One high-placed OU source indicated to The Oklahoman that the Sooners were headed West. "Load up on your sunscreen,” the source said, referring to the sunny climates of Pac-10 cities. According to orangebloods.com, Texas athletic director Deloss Dodds met with university coaches Wednesday to tell them efforts made to save the Big 12 were unsuccessful. Officials from Texas and Texas A&M are expected to meet Thursday to make sure they are on the same page about the next step, which is believed to be a relocation to the Pac-10. Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder declined comment on the Pac-10. Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione did not return phone calls to The Oklahoman. Multiple sources told The Oklahoman last week that if Nebraska didn't declare its allegiance to the Big 12, OU, OSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Colorado would jump to the Pac-10. A source Wednesday said the schools could announce next week that they have agreed in principle to join the Pac-10. Several outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, reported the Pac-16 (or whatever it ends up being called) would begin competition in 2012. The new Pac-16 would divide into divisions, with the original Pac-8 schools aligned in one division, and Arizona and Arizona State joining the six Big 12 schools in the other. College football's first super conference likely would generate a TV contract package that would pay each member school at least $20 million a year.