California, here we come.
The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are headed for the Pacific-10 Conference, perhaps as early as next week, but they will wait until the University of Texas declares its intentions, a variety of sources said Friday.
"Pac-10,” an OU source said after the University of Nebraska announced Friday it will join the Big Ten, continuing what appears to be a mass exodus from the Big 12 Conference. "We are doing whatever Texas is doing.”
The Austin American- Statesman reported that Texas, Texas Tech, OU and OSU would join the Pac-10, with Texas A&M still waffling on whether to join them or pursue membership in the Southeastern Conference.
The University of Texas board of regents scheduled a Tuesday meeting for "discussion and appropriate action regarding athletic conference membership,” and Texas Tech regents also scheduled a Tuesday meeting.
But a Big 12 source said OU wouldn't necessarily be on Texas' timetable.
"I think Oklahoma is not going to say no to the Pac-10 if Texas is going,” the Big 12 source said. "But I don't think they have to say yes at the same time Texas does.
"The Pac-10 can put a (time) ultimatum on Colorado. I don't think they can put an ultimatum on Oklahoma. What else can the Pac-10 do? Go move into Utah? I don't think so.”
Keeping Big 12 together 'seems like a longshot'
Late Thursday, 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 Big 12 remains viable for the schools with the Pac-10 option only if Texas decides to stay. Castiglione's mission to keep the conference together hinges on convincing Texas athletic director DeLoss 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 athletic director said Friday that Dodds told him, "We don't think the Big 12 without Nebraska is real viable.”