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Source: Pac-10 commissioner meets with OU, OSU officials; OU regents schedule Wednesday meeting

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: June 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm •  Published: June 12, 2010
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The meeting could also involve talking to TV officials, to gauge what kind of TV contract the league could land after losing both Colorado and Nebraska this past week.

The Big 12’s TV contract with Fox expires after the 2011 season.

Meanwhile, athletic directors across the Big 12 continued to verbally support the continuation of the Big 12 on Saturday.

“It is still our choice to keep the remaining ten Big 12 schools together if we can,” Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said in the e-mail to several media members. “If we cannot do that, then we will do our best to do the right thing.”

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds issued a similar statement.

"Our goals and hopes all along have been to keep the Big 12 Conference intact,” he said. “The league has been great for its members. We also have been honorable, up front and forthright with regard to our work and responsiveness to all the possible and now definitive changes to conference landscapes."

Still, following the exodus of Colorado and Nebraska, saving the Big 12 appears to be a long-shot, with schools across the league examining their options.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Saturday that the Mountain West Conference is sending out feelers to Big 12 members that may be left out in any continued conference shakeup, notably Kansas, Missouri and possibly Kansas State.

Not Baylor, though.

The paper noted powerful alums from Mountain West member TCU remain irritated over the way Baylor was included in the Big 12 instead of them after the breakup of the Southwest Conference and would lobby against Baylor’s inclusion into the Mountain West.


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