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June 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Scott gets authority to pursue expansion

The latest from the Pac-10 meetings today is that commissioner Larry Scott has been given permission to pursue expansion and to move ahead without going back to the board for approval.
Here’s the full story.
(UPDATE — Here’s an updated version of that story with quotes from Scott, including his assertion that it’s still possible that the Pac-10 does nothing and remains as is — essentially, that everything remains on the table.)
That’s an expecially aggressive move and seems to indicate that all the other schools in the Pac-10 are fully on board with whatever form expansion may take.
Reports, as well as sources to the Times, have said that Scott was expected to say today that the preferred expansion model is the so-called Pac-16, adding six teams from the Big 12.
Some reports today have indicated, however, that there may be some concerns among Pac-10 schools about the academics at Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. So that’s the scenario under which the Pac-10 expansion could include both Baylor and Colorado instead of either/or. However, the more accepted version is that it will be either Baylor or Colorado as the sixth team joining Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
As Scott has said many times, the plan all along has been to make a decision on expansion by the end of this year. That way, the Pac-10 has its lineup in place when it sets forth negotiating new TV deals for the 2012-13 academic year.
As stated earlier, a Pac-16 would have two eight-team division, with UW, WSU, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Stanford, USC and UCLA in one, the six Big 12 schools and Arizona and Arizona State in the other.
The thought is for football, each team would play the other in its division each year, for seven games, and then two games against teams in the other division, for nine total. So this doesn’t mean Texas coming to Husky Stadium every year, but at best, probably once every decade or so. Still, some obviously intriguing new matchups.
And you’d have a conference title game, with one scenario floated that it could alternate between the Rose Bowl and the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
UPDATE, 2:20 P.M. — Here’s the latest story on all of this from Orangebloods.com, which has been on top of this one from the start. This story posits that much of this all now rests on Nebraska, that if Nebraska does not commit to staying in the Big 12 in the next 10 days, then the Pac-16 scenario could soon be a reality.

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