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June 13, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Is there a chance the Pac-16 unravels?

With multiple reports out today that Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott is in the state of Texas today, apparently selling the case to come West to officials of schools there, there also is a report that the University of Texas is pondering a propsal to stay put. (And since initial filing this, George Schoeder has posted a blog noting it is the plane of former Oregon AD Pat Kilkenny that is ferrying Scott and his crew around).
Orangebloods.com — which has been on top of this from the start and also obviously has good connections with Texas — is reporting that UT officials are “considering” a last-ditch proposal from beleagured Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe to keep the remaining 10 teams together.
Beebe is promising a TV deal worth $17 million annually that would be on par with the SEC, according to Orangebloods. The site also reports that even thinking about such a proposal is a change from 48 hours ago, when it seemed a given Texas was on the move to the Pac-10.
Conventional wisdom throughout has been that the preference of Texas was probably to to stay in the Big 12 and keep it together, if possible, but that it wasn’t sure that could be done if teams started leaving, particularly Nebraska.
Texas is the whole key to the “Pac-16.” If Texas comes, all the others will follow, If Texas stays, everyone else likely will, as well. So sounds like Scott may have a tougher sales job on his hands than was thought a day or so ago.
If the Pac-16 falls through, what the Pac-10 is likely to do is add Utah to even out the numbers, giving the conference 12 teams after adding Colorado. While there has been lots of specific details about how a 16-team conference would work, it’s been less clear about 12 teams.

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