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June 14, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Conflicting reports on where expansion stands

Been a dizzying morning trying to keep up with the conflicting reports out there on where expansion stands at the moment.
Orangebloods.com was reporting earlier this morning flat out that Texas was likely to stay in the Big 12. Now, it’s story reads that Texas “might be willing to commit to new” Big 12. Few have doubted that Orangebloods has been getting leaks from UT throughout this process, so the conflicting stories may just indicate shifting moods in what Texas is thinking.
ESPN.com, meanwhile, that Texas’ departure to the Pac-10 “is imminent” and the plan of Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe to save the conference “has zero chance.”
Is Texas slipping some misinformation out there? Or just struggling with a tough decision? We’ll see.
As stated previously, how this impacts is the Pac-10 is actually fairly simple. Since Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will follow Texas’ leads (Texas A&M still appears headed to the SEC — I think — if the B-12 breaks up) if Texas comes West, the others will, as well, and we’ll soon have a Pac-16.
If Texas stays put, then the Pac-10 is almost certainly left with a two-team expansion of Colorado and Utah.
Jon Wilner has a good analysis of this, as well, confirming that Utah would be the other option if the Pac-16 falls through, and Kansas or Utah the 16th team if the Pac-16 comes through.
I’ll try to keep updated here throughout the day with the news, and will also try to pass along some Husky stuff at some point, as well.

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