Regents at Texas and Oklahoma authorized the school’s president to move to another conference if they see fit, which clears a major hurdle for the formation of the Pac-16, the country’s first 16-team mega-conference.
According to a New York Times story Sunday, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has recently met with Texas officials.
The Austin American-Statesman reported Texas would be allowed to keep the Longhorn Network, which was thought to be a deal breaker for Scott, who is a big proponent of revenue sharing.
Jon Wilner at the Mercury News says there’s no chance the Pac-12 allows Texas more than 1/16th in revenue sharing.
The Statesman also speculates the schools would divide in four four-team divisions for football.
There’s no word how the conference would align for basketball, but it seems logical a similar setup would happen. Here’s a likely breakdown of the divisions.
North – Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State
West – UCLA, USC, California and Stanford
Central – Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Colorado
South – Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State
I’d envision an 18-game conference schedule that includes home-and-away games with teams in the same division and one game against non-division opponents. That would ensure at least one trip each year to Los Angeles for the non-LA teams.
MONDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— A Bleacher Report story ranked Washington fans No. 14 on a list of the most arrogant fan bases in the country.
— The Arizona Republic caught up with Arizona coach Seam Miller for an Informative interview in which he talks about replacing Derrick Williams, injured sophomore guard Jordin Mayes and freshman forward Angelo Chol, the former UW recruit.
— Another Bleacher Report list picks Arizona’s Josiah Turner to win the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award.
— Mark Knight at Husky Haul spoke with 2012 recruit Richard Peters, who gave an update on where he stands with Washington.
— No link, but according to Rivals.com, 2012 target Landen Lucas, a 6-8 center from Portland, will visit California, Stanford, Tennessee and Washington. The Huskies apparently have made traction with him because he didn’t include them when he announced his top seven schools in January. Lucas is rated a three-star recruit by the major recruiting sites.
— Jabari Bird, a 2013 recruit from Richmond, Calif., told PointGuardU.com Washington and Arizona are co-favorites. He listed UCLA third.
— PointGuardU.com also spoke with 2013 target Aaron Gordon who has Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Stanford and New Mexico in his top five.
— Maryland AD Kevin Anderson said Miller wanted special admits when the Terrapins offered him the job. Anderson said no and Miller declined the offer.
— Former Washington standout Eldridge Recasner took a job as an assistant coach with the NBDL’s Sioux Falls Skyforce.