I did not make this headline up
According to the Dallas News, which has accumulated reports from other newspapers and sources, Oklahoma State, as first reported by TMX (eyeroll), will be announcing its departure to the Pac 10 shortly. This is fueled by a separate report involving crossed wires at OK St
Oklahoma State's athletic department informed ksbitv.com that there will be some sort of statement out of the president's office later Thursday. However, the university released a statement saying, "The report circulating about an immediate announcement today concerning Oklahoma State University and conference realignment is without merit. There are no announcements planned by Oklahoma State University. We remain committed to the Big 12 Conference. If there are additional defections, we will have to evaluate our options."
As such, it appears OK St officials might be forcing Nebraska to formally act out its departure before making the call. What's more, the reports acknowledges and advances the idea the three Texas' schools (A&M, Tech and UT) will be a package deal.
OK State bolting would be the final straw of the Big 12 recovering from the departure of Nebraska and Colorado - two schools with limited rivalries/in-state matchups - and likely create a free for all that would finally balance out where the Big Ten is headed, what the Big East is going to make ND do and IF there will be an SEC expansion/shakeup included in this mess.
When I consider Missouri in these expansion scenarios, desperate for B10 acceptance, but not really getting their calls taken as the cool kids parcel out the invites to their new leagues, all I can think of is Flounder from Animal House, as the guys were playing poker at the rush party, standing behind them saying "Hey, you guys playing cards?"
I know the Big Ten was the 'pioneer' conference as far as big time expansion goes, as they were in the talks about it last year, but it looks as if the Pac-10 has taken quite a few of the biggest programs in the running while the Big Ten is merely on the cusp of bringing in Missouri.
According to all the main sources on the topic, "Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Colorado" are all expected to join the Pac-10, leaving.. who exactly for the Big Ten?
It's looking like Missouri is a done deal, maybe Nebraska (but the Big Ten hasn't yet extended them an offer) (EDIT- Swap those teams), maybe Notre Dame, but no big name schools outside of South Bend look like they're heading our way in the near future. I suppose we could snag a team or two from the Big East, but the Big Ten will be nothing like the Pac-10 if the current predictions hold true.
Pac-10 has the traditional powerhouses of the West, and now adds Texas and Oklahoma?! Not to mention Tech and A&M and Oklahoma State.
I guess what I'm asking is, assuming what the sources say holds true, and the Pac-10 gets the better half of the Big 12.. what's the best possible outcome for the Big Ten?
Please don't tell me it's Notre Dame..
Notre Dame, Syracuse, Rutgers, and Maryland to the Big Ten.
WFNI report also cited on Syracusefan.com.
(Title edited to not be such a cock-tease.)
According to Orangebloods.com, Colorado had a major meeting today and will likely be making a major announcement tomorrow. Speculation from other Big 12 schools is that they will announce that they are joining the Pac 10, which would be a masterful move by both the school and the conference to head off Baylor.