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SEC official expects Texas A&M will be cleared; Expanded Pac-12 might not use division scheduling model

BY TRAVIS HANEY AND BERRY TRAMEL Staff Writers Published: September 11, 2011
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More games on the West Coast would increase the travel for OU and OSU. One game every eight years in Pullman, Wash., or Corvallis, Ore., is palatable. One trip every three or four years is less desirable.

Orangebloods.com reported over the weekend that the Pac-12 told OU and OSU it was not interested in expansion. But an OU source Sunday said he didn't know anything about that, and the Pac-12 source said that just goes along with what commissioner Larry Scott has been saying. That the league will not expand, unless another major conference goes beyond 12 teams. Then the Pac-12 would have to consider expanding, too.

Which leads us back to A&M. The SEC invited the Aggies to be its 13th member, but with the stipulation that no Big 12 school would file a lawsuit against the conference.

Baylor has declined to waive its right to sue, putting A&M's move in limbo.

But the SEC source said the Big 12's original letter, stating that the Big 12 and its members would allow A&M to move, weakens Baylor's legal status. The SEC source said he expects the Aggies to eventually join his conference.

OU sources, including president David Boren, have said the Sooners will look to leave the Big 12 if A&M departs.