A Pac-16 draws ever nearer — a looming deadline to save the Big 12; Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott granted authority Sunday to expand his conference — and out in the desert, Mike Stoops thinks it's just swell. Provided his one request is granted. "As long as I don't have to play Oklahoma and Texas every year, I'll be all right,” the Arizona football coach said. LOL. Most every Pac-16 scenario has the Arizona schools shifting into a division with the exiting Big Six. Which means annual dates for the UofA with the Sooners and Longhorns. Bob Stoops has shown disdain for possible Brothers Stoops Matchups. But the crimson that bothers Mike Stoops about an OU-Arizona meeting isn't the shared blood, it's the uniform. "I don't think anyone gets excited about playing Oklahoma,” Mike Stoops said during a Sunday chat. Stoops said he didn't know much about the proposed expansion but has been briefed by his athletic director, Greg Byrne. "Nobody's asked me,” Stoops said. "We play the schedule that's put in front of us.” But Stoops' overall impression of the proposed Pac-16? Great for the Pac-10, uh, get back to him on Arizona. "Some aspects, it's exciting,” Stoops said. "Others, it's very difficult. You're adding two teams out of the top five, top 10. That's going to be tough. "You have to make some serious adjustments to compete on that level.” By that standard, Stoops said the Big Six will be better for 'Zona than 'Zona will be for the Big Six. "I don't know that you can get better facilities than what they've got at Oklahoma or Texas or Oklahoma State,” Stoops said. "You'd like to be on an even playing field. Certainly we're trying to get there. It's going to have to motivate us within our own university. We can benefit more than they can.” Scott, hired a year ago to commish the Pac-10, has invigorated the conference. New marketing. Bold ideas. No foot-dragging. Now the possible leap to the nation's first super conference. "It was time,” Stoops said of Pac-10 aggression. "We've got great TV markets; feel like we've been slighted. This drives our market into Texas. That's a strong parlay with what we have on the West Coast. "Putting together one of the super conferences gets us revenue we've been missing out on for years.” That revenue can help Arizona try to keep up with the powers it might have to start keeping up with. But don't go feeling too sorry for Arizona or Arizona State. They are strategically placed in the new conference, much like the Oklahoma schools were at the formation of the Big 12. OU and OSU benefited from more exposure in Texas, and Arizona can do the same. Playing two or three games a year in Oklahoma and Texas will open recruiting grounds for the Wildcats. "That's the first thing that comes to mind,” Stoops said. "Obviously, we go into Texas pretty heavily, but we've lost a lot of players to Big 12 schools. You gain exposure being in Texas as much as we would be.” Arizona football is on the upswing. Stoops is 33-39 after six seasons, but 'Zona has gone 8-5 each of the last two seasons and gone to consecutive bowls for the first time in a decade. 'Zona beat Southern Cal last season and has beaten UCLA three straight years for the first time ever. Soon enough, Arizona might trade in the Los Angeles duo for the Oklahoma-Texas axis. We all have our crosses to bear. Berry Tramel: (405) 760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.