Conflicting reports surrounding the future of Texas

Texas is staying in the Big 12.

Texas is leaving with three other programs to join the Pac-10.

Either one could be right. Or both could be wrong. That’s exactly how this game of conference realignment is playing out.

Orangebloods.com is reporting that the Longhorns are going to stay in the Big 12 and could announce a decision as early as Monday. Meanwhile, an ESPN.com report stated that the departures of Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to the Pac-10 is “imminent,” citing four sources, and that a decision is expected to come no later than Tuesday.

This Big 12/Pac-10 conference whirlwind comes on the heels of Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe’s lobbying over the weekend to get Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma to stay in a 10-team league.

Besides money, Texas reportedly is interested in being aligned with the research opportunities and academic missions of Pac-10 schools.

If the ESPN.com report is true and the four schools do jump to the Pac-10, Texas A&M would likely accept a bid to join the SEC, meaning the Big 12 would likely not be able to survive with its remaining members. There have been reports linking some of its probable remaining members to the Mountain West.

The Orangebloods.com report said that Beebe would be able to keep Texas in a 10-team Big 12 with a plan that includes assurances that a TV deal could net each school between $14 million and $17 million, and schools such as Texas could still have their own TV network.

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