The University of Oklahoma is headed for the Pacific-10 Conference but will wait until Texas declares its intentions, an OU source told The Oklahoman Friday after Nebraska announced it will leave the Big 12 for the Big Ten.
The University of Texas board of regents has scheduled a Tuesday meeting for "discussion and appropriate action regarding athletic conference membership."
Late Thursday night, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said he was working to keep the Big 12 (now down to 10 schools) together.
But another Big 12 athletic director told The Oklahoman such a mission "seems like a longshot."
The conference remains viable for the schools with the Pac-10 option — Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M — only if Texas decides to stay. Castiglione's mission to keep the conference together hinges on convincing Dodds to stay.
Good luck with that. A variety of reports have said Dodds told the other Big 12 athletic directors during conference meetings last week that without Nebraska, Texas would leave the conference, and a Big 12 AD said Friday that Dodds told him, "We don't think the Big 12 without Nebraska is real viable."
An OSU source said his school would wait and watch what Texas does, and that OSU is linked to both OU and Texas. "Wherever they go, that's where we have to go," the source said. "Texas has the most cards in this, if not all of them."