Stop Sign on Heading West?

Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott says the conference is good with 12 teams. So now what?

Did Larry Scott just throw up the stop sign for Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State to move into the Pac 12?

As of Tuesday night, it appears that there is no westward bound train for these four schools, or any others.

According to a statement released by the Pac 12 commissioner, the conference has "determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference.

"While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve. With new landmark TV agreements and plans to launch our innovative television networks, we are going to focus solely on these great assets, our strong heritage and the bright future in front of us."

The four schools were thought to be on the edge of leaving the Big 12 Conference in shambles after Texas A&M already made the move to leave last month and will more than likely end up in the Southeastern Conference in January 2012.

Texas and Oklahoma board of regents met on Monday to appoint each school president as the decision-makers in the process. Tech and Oklahoma State were thought to be in the same process.

Tech president Dr. Guy Bailey told Double-T 104.3 FM that he thought there might be a chance the Big 12 would stay intact but that "it would more than likely not involve Texas A&M."

"Things aren't happening nearly as quickly as you might think," he said on The Morning Drive. "Don't pack your bags, don't buy your plane tickets because there are a number of scenarios that could still work out."

Travis Cram is the Managing Editor for RaiderPower.com. You can email him at travis.f.cram@gmail.com and follow his daily updates on Twitter.


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