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."
A variety of OSU sources, as well as Castiglione, continue to say they've had no talks with Pac-10 officials.
OSU released a statement late Friday reaffirming that nothing has officially changed for the school.
"As we noted yesterday, we will need to evaluate our options and opportunities in light of today's announcement by Nebraska and Colorado's announcement yesterday," OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said in the released statement. "Our desire has always been to keep the Big 12 Conference together, and we have worked toward that end alongside several other Big 12 institutions.
"We are pleased Oklahoma State University has opportunities and we believe it is a reflection of the strength of our overall athletic and academic programs."
The Austin American-Statesman reported Friday that, according to a "highly placed official from a Big 12 school," OU, OSU, Texas and Texas Tech will join the Pac-10 once formal offers are made to them.
The official told the newspaper that Texas A&M has 72 hours to decide whether to accept the Pac-10's offer, and that official offers could be made over the weekend.