Updated: 5:13 p.m.
Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement that first appeared on the Sporting News site addressing the rumors flying out of the Big 12 meetings in Kansas City that the conference is under siege from the Pac-10, which is preparing to extend an invitation to six schools. The schools are Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado.
The Rivals.com site, Orangebloods.com, is the first to report the rumor.
“We are aware of a story filed today by an Orangebloods.com columnist, speculating about possible expansion plans for the Pac-10Conference . 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 theconference 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.” — Larry Scott, Pac-10 Commissioner
According to the Rivals story, the new Pac-10 would be split into two eight-team divisions. Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Stanford, USC and UCLA would comprise one division while Arizona and Arizona State would join the six Big 12 schools in the other division.
The Big 12 is also fending off the Big Ten, which is looking to poach Texas and possibly add Missouri and Nebraska to the conference.