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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

June 3, 2010 at 1:44 PM

A Pac-16?

The Rivals.com site, Orangebloods.com, has a heck of a rumor on its site today, that the Pac-10 is prepared to invite half of the Big 12 to join its conference.
The six are — Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Colorado.
Then, the story details, the conference would be split in two eight-team groupings, with UW, WSU, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Stanford, USC and UCLA in one division with Arizona and Arizona State joining the six Big 12 schools in the other.
This goes against most of the conventional wisdom about the direction the Pac-10 has been leaning on expansion — namely, that it would likely only want to invite two teams at the most, and might be prepared to do nothing at the moment, waiting to see what happened elsewhere before striking.
With the Big 12 meetings ongoing, there could be more news on this soon.
Divisions like this, I’m assuming, would mean playing each of the other teams in your division each year, then three from the other each year, trading off those three. If so, that would mitigate the issue of the Northwest schools losing their annual games with the California schools.
Sports By Brooks has an interesting take on this, pointing out that the story is from a site dedicated to Texas athletics and that it notes that Texas’ goal is still to keep the Big 12 together.
I’ve yet to hear or see anything from a Pac-10 official or school on this but will pass it along if/when I do.
UPDATE — Here’s Jon Wilner’s take on this story, noting that it at least jibes with the recent thought that any Pac-10 expansion would include Texas (and not likely the Utah-Colorado duo that for a while was making the rounds).
And SI.com’s Stewart Mandel just Tweeted that he thinks it’s entirely possible but “far from a done deal.”

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