Could the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners be staying in the Big 12 … HOPE SO!! Randy
Pac-12 says it will not expand leaving questions about Oklahoma, Texas
By Erick Smith
The Pac-12 will not be getting any bigger. The conference announced Tuesday night that it would not expand, dousing speculation that it could be a destination for Big 12 schools Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and possibly Texas and Texas Tech.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, who has been saying the league was not being proactive about adding schools, said the following in a statement:
“After careful review we have 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.”
What this means for the rest of college athletics is uncertain.
The Big 12 was expected to be on life support with Texas A&M already announcing plans to go to the Southeastern Conference and Oklahoma saying Monday it was talking to the Pac-12.
This could mean the Big 12 survives in some form with Oklahoma staying put and Texas holding on to its Longhorn Network.