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June 11, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Expansion news running rampant

Being June and usually the college football off-season, planned some other stuff for today — including a couple of meetings and interviews (the latter of which should yield some interesting copy down the road.)
Those activities also included attending the grand opening of the grand opening of the Husky Central store today in downtown Seattle.
I went during the time Steve Sarkisian was being interviewed on KJR-AM, and while he was on the air came the announcement of Boise State to the Mountain West. I talked to Sarkisian briefly afterward and he agreed it’s hard to keep up with everything that’s going on.
What’s happened is Boise State going to the Mountain West Conference, and Nebraska making official its intent to move to the Big Ten. Bud Withers, who is actually the Times’ official expansion reporter (and Thank God for that) has all of the new news here.
Nebraska’s move is setting off rumors everywhere that the so-called Pac-16 is close to happening (and several people I’ve talked to today said they think it is just a matter of time before it will happen.)
Reports out of Oklahoma in the last hour are that the Sooners will follow Texas into the Pac-10, but will wait for Texas to make its decision official. That likely won’t happen until Tuesday when UT’s Board of Regents will meet, meaning there could be a couple-day lull in real news (though surely not speculation).
That also almost certainly means Texas Tech and Oklahoma State also coming along, with the lone remaining question in that scenario being who the final team to join the Pac-10 will be to give it 16. (Here’s a good update on all of that from ESPN.com).
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m. — The Austin Statesman just published the strongest story yet confirming that Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are headed to the Pac-10.
Reports persist that Texas A&M is at least considering instead heading to the SEC, meaning the Pac-10 might have to look at Utah or Kansas to fill things out. (Utah’s president today wouldn’t talk about expansion, meaning there’s certainly stuff going on). ESPN’s Ted Miller, in an entertaining chat today, agrees that Utah is the likely fall-back plan if A&M heads elsewhere.
In talking with Mahler, Sarkisian said again that he likes expansion for the variety of teams it will bring to Husky Stadium and possibly opening up some new areas for recruiting, though any real assessment of it has to wait until it’s all completed.
The events of today, however, are another step toward getting this all done sooner rather than later.

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