The Rivals.com site Orangebloods.com, which covers Texas, has been all over the Pac-10 expansion story and Chip Brown was the first to report the Longhorns will stay in the Big 12 despite conflicting reports.
Well it seems as if other news sites are confirming the Pac-16 expansion plans are dead.
Jon Wilner at the Mercury News writes: “Just got word that it’s official: There will be no Pac-16.”
And ESPN.com, which believed Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State would accept Pac-10 invitations as early as Tuesday is now reporting Texas and Oklahoma are will remain in the Big 12.
Texas A&M told the Associated Press it will also stay in the Big 12 and not bolt for the Southeastern Conference.
It seems Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma will receive sweetheart deals beginning at $20 million. The other seven schools in the Big 12 would make between $14 million and $17 million. Texas has also been given approval to start its own network and will keep revenues, which is valued between $3 and $5 million.
SO NOW WHAT?
Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement Monday regarding expansion.
“University of Texas President Bill Powers has informed us that the 10 remaining schools in the Big 12 Conference intend to stay together. We are excited about the future of the Pac-10 Conference and we will continue to evaluate future expansion opportunities under the guidelines previously set forth by our Presidents and Chancellors.”
The Pac-10 poached Big 12 defect Colorado and will likely add at least one more school, probably Utah. Kansas may draw consideration, but the Jayhawks are unlikely to leave the Big 12.
Big 12 basketball coaches were urging their presidents to keep the conference together and not jump ship to the Pac-10.
Kansas State coach Frank Martin told CBSsports.com that he’s aligned with the conference coaches. “We’re all on board,” he said. “Us basketball coaches have all been talking nonstop. We all get along big time and have been trying to save this.”
— All 31 conference commissioners – including Scott and Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe are scheduled to meet tonight in Half Moon Bay, Calif., for the start of Tuesday’s three-day long Collegiate Commissioners Association’s annual meetings.
MONDAY NIGHT LINKS:
— Oregon coach Dana Altman hired an assistant and added former Indiana State coach Kevin McKenna. He spent nine years as an assistant under Altman at Creighton before becoming head coach at Indiana State.
— According to the Register-Guard, Oregon booster Pat Kilkenny was playing a vital role in the move to lure a handful of Big 12 schools to the Pac-10. Kilkenny, the Ducks’ former athletic director, flew Scott and deputy commissioner Kevin Weiberg on his private jet to Kansas City, which is a short drive to Lawrence, Kansas.
Conceivably, the Pac-10 envoy met with Kansas officials.
The Register-Guard reported Kilkenny’s jet flew Saturday from Concord, Calif., to Oklahoma City while several reports confirm Oklahoma and Oklahoma State officials met with Scott and Weiberg.