Report: Oklahoma to apply for Pac-12 membership
Are we really nearing the end of the Big 12?
That possibility would likely turn into reality if Oklahoma applies for membership in the Pac-12, which is exactly what the Sooners plan on doing before the end of September, according to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com. In-state rival Oklahoma State reportedly would follow OU's lead and apply for membership in the new league as well despite OSU president Burns Hargis and booster Boone Pickens voicing their support of the Big 12 last week.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Friday that his league was not currently interested in expansion. But the instability of the Big 12 likely is causing OU to make a move sooner rather than later. And if you're Scott, you aren't saying no to the school in Norman.
There have been multiple reports since the conference realignment talk heated up over the past several weeks, however, that Pac-12 presidents and chancellors are not ready to expand further following the arrival of Colorado and Utah as well as netting $3 billion TV contracts from Fox and ESPN.
If OU and OSU did get invited to the Pac-12, what would happen to Texas?
Scott obviously would want the Longhorns to come along as well. However, UT would not want to lose The Longhorn Network, which would have to radically change from its current form if the school went to the Pac-12. Even if Texas wants to remain in the Big 12, it would have to seriously consider the Pac-12 as a landing spot becase Dan Beebe's league would be in shambles if the Oklahoma schools departed.
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