OSU: Staying or Going West?

A special meeting of the Board of Regents for Oklahoma State will be held at 3 p,m. Wednesday in the O-Club on the concourse level of the Athletic Center in Gallagher-Iba Arena to discuss the school's conference realignment.

Oklahoma State becomes the fourth school in the current Big 12 Conference to schedule a regents meeting this week. Texas (Tuesday), Texas Tech (Tuesday), and Oklahoma (Wednesday).

Following the defections of both Colorado (to the Pac-10) and Nebraska (to the Big Ten) last week, it was believed that Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and possibly Texas A&M would follow the lead of Texas to join the Pac-10 Conference. Commissioner Larry Scott and deputy commissioner Kevin Weiberg extended Pac-10 invitations to those schools over the weekend.

But Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe is attempting to keep the Big 12 together with just 10 teams, and put a new TV deal together that could pay each school between $14 million and $17 million per year, which is double what they currently receive. Texas could develop its own television network – which would not be possible if it jumped to the Pac-10 – and could earn between $20 million and $25 million annually.

The ball may be in Texas A&M's court as regent Gene Stallings is pushing the College Station school to join the Southeastern Conference and not the Pac-10, and it is believed he has enough regents to get the votes.

But if Texas A&M is not on board with Beebe's new proposal, and leaves for the Southeastern Conference, a nine-team league would not be the preference of Texas, sources have said.

What's next? I guess we'll find out Wednesday afternoon.


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