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September 21, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Pac-12 says no to expansion

For now, the Pac-12 said no to Oklahoma, who reportedly expressed interest in joining the league and would have likely brought along Oklahoma State and possibly Texas and Texas Tech.
Several factors led to the decision including difficult negotiations with Texas to comply with the conference’s equal-revenue sharing plan.
Arizona Wildcats athletic director Greg Byrne said the decision to not expand is good for the Wildcats.
Colorado president Bruce Benson was also against expansion.
The Big 12 is still in trouble. There’s rumors Missouri is considering a move to the SEC, the Big East may extend an invitation to Kansas while Oklahoma is insisting commissioner Dan Beebe resigns.
But what does this mean for Pac-12 basketball?
Nothing.
The addition of Colorado and Utah isn’t expected to impact the conference this season. Both teams are rebuilding and probably won’t be a factor for at least a couple of seasons.


WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Montlake Madness caught up with Darnell Gant for an insightful interview in which he talked about his close relationship with Desmond Simmons and the advantages of being a fifth-year senior. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2.
— UCLA senior point guard Jerime Anderson will undergo a two-game suspension after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of stealing a laptop and trespass. However, it’s not really much of a punishment. Anderson will miss an exhibition game against Cal State San Bernardino and the regular-season opener against Loyola Marymount. If UCLA seriously wanted to send a message, they would have sat him down for one or two games in the Maui Invitational.
— Look who’s sitting at the top of ESPN’s 2012 basketball rankings. Recruiting analyst Dave Telep said: “This is the best talent the league has brought in since 2007.
Shabazz Muhammad’s father told the Los Angeles Times his son may not be influenced to sign with UCLA just because the Bruins received a verbal commitment from Kyle Anderson. Muhammad is considered the No. 1 2012 prospect by most recruiting sites. Anderson is ranked No. 5 by ESPN.
— The Arizona Republic gives an update on Pac-12 recruiting.

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