Report: Pac-12 working out details to bring in Texas and OU
So much for the ACC landing Texas.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, the Pac-12 is working out details of a deal that would bring Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech to the conference, with the deal allowing UT to keep its Longhorn Network despite the Pac-12's recently announced new television contract. The only caveat would be that Texas would need to add Pac-12 -- soon to have 16 members -- content to the LHN programming schedule.
While nothing is official as of yet, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott reportedly is doing his best to make sure that Texas can still keep the Longhorn Network and their revenue stream while making the move and becoming a new conference member.
According to the report, the conference would be aligned into four four-team pods in football. The Longhorns would be in the same pod as Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and play those schools every year.
The conference is discussing a scheduling system where teams would play nine conference games -- teams playing every other team in their pod along with two teams from each of the other three pods. The conference championship game would likely be decided by overall conference record.
The Texas board of regents could vote Monday to authorize university president Bill Powers to make a decision regarding conference realignment.
With this expected move by the Pac-12, it's only a matter of time before SEC commissioner Mike Slive brings in a few teams from the ACC and possibly West Virginia from the Big East while ACC commissioner John Swofford digs further into the Big East to find replacements for his league. Syrcause and Pittsburgh are already bound for Swofford's conference, while UConn and Rutgers are real possibilities to join as well. The Big East, sadly, is imploding.
The era of superconferences certainly will be upon us sooner rather than later, with all the rumors and innuendo soon to turn into reality.
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