Texas' public stance on conference realignment has been consistent. The Longhorns profess a preference for maintaining the Big 12 but say they will look out for their own interests if it appears other schools are considering an exodus. UT football coach Mack Brown didn't deter from that stance Friday night when contacted by the Austin American-Statesman but admitted he had addressed the situation with his coaches. "We talked to the staff briefly one day,” Brown said. "The Big 12 would stay intact for at least two more years if something does change, so we're going to be Big 12 for a long time regardless of what happens. Our plans are to be in the Big 12.” Brown said there had been no athletic department meetings, which is "why I know things aren't serious enough yet.”Comments
Report: Deadline for Nebraska, Missouri is FridayThe Austin American-Statesman reported Saturday that, according to sources, Nebraska and Missouri have been told they have until Friday to decide if they want to remain in the Big 12 or entertain the possibility of joining the Big Ten Conference. According to the report, one Big 12 official said the deadline could be extended to June 15.
Support for BaylorCould the Texas Legislature get involved in conference realignment? Orangebloods.com, which first reported the possibility of six Big 12 teams joining the Pac-10, reported Saturday that state legislators are prepared to demand Baylor, not Colorado, be one of the six schools to make the move. "If you're going to have an exported commodity involved in this, do you think we're going to allow a school from outside the state of Texas to replace one of our schools in the Big 12 South? I don't think so. We're already at work on this,” an unidentified member of the Texas Legislature told the website. The source told the website a block of 15 legislators will work to make sure Baylor is invited to the Pac-10. "If the Pac-10 wants Texas, and we know they do, they may have to take all of our Texas schools,” the source told the website.
Pac-10 possibilitiesAccording to a report on ESPNLosAngeles.com, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott laid out several expansion scenarios to athletic directors at the conference meetings in San Francisco. They include: →A full merger with the Big 12 →Merging with six current Big 12 schools, including Texas →Adding Colorado and Utah →Keeping the status quo Scott will brief the school presidents and chancellors today.
Keep an eye on ColoradoAt least one Pac-10 official likes Colorado. "They're very, very respected both athletically and academically," Washington State AD Bill Moos told the Denver Post. "If we're going to attract somebody, it's going to be a like institution and, of course, they have a rich tradition in intercollegiate athletics and a great television market. So if TV is the driving force, that one probably makes some sense."