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.