The USC student-run TV station is reporting tonight that school officials are saying that the NCAA report on potential infractions by the football and basketball programs will NOT be released on Friday, as had been previously reported.
Here’s that story.
That has the latest speculation being that the report won’t become public until at least Tuesday, assuming the NCAA gives it to the school the day before making any announcement.
PAC-10 RESPONDS TO EXPANSION RUMOR — Also breaking this afternoon, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott has issued a statement appearing to at least slightly debunk the story earlier today that the conference is set to invite six Big 12 teams into the fold:
Here’s that statement, via The Sporting News:
“We are aware of a story filed today by an Orangebloods.com columnist, speculating about possible expansion plans for the Pac-10 Conference. While many interesting scenarios have been suggested in numerous news reports, around the country, we remain focused on a thorough evaluation process that examines all of the options for increasing the value of the conference for our member institutions, our student athletes and our fans. We have not developed any definitive plans. We have not extended any invitations for expansion and we do not anticipate any such decisions in the near term.”
Also worth noting tonight is that Big 12 Comissioner Dan Beebe canceled a planned press conference following today’s conference meetings. The Columbia Tribune has details of that while also writing that the earlier Rivals.com report is about to be verified by another media source.
ESPN.com is reporting that Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione said that the meetings today were centered solely on Big 12 conference issues and that his school has not had any conversations with the Pac-10.
UPDATE — Here’s a story from the Boulder Daily Camera quoting Colorado AD Mike Bohn as saying he thinks there is some validity to the report earlier today about the Pac-10 getting ready to invite six Big 12 teams into the fold.