The ACC might not be the only big-name conference adding schools in the near future.
The Pac-12 is working on a deal to bring Big 12 schools Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech to the conference, according to a report by The Austin American-Statesman. The Statesman cited a source close to the situation that stressed the deal is not yet complete, but that talks were “heating up.”
The proposed deal would allow Texas to keep ESPN’s Longhorn Network, though The Statesman reports the network would have to add other Pac-12 programming to the network.
The new Longhorn Network, a 24-hour showcase for Texas athletics, has caused several Big 12 members to worry it gives the Longhorns too much power and influence, especially in the areas of exposure and recruiting.
“This is not yet a done deal,” a source familiar with the discussions told The Statesman, saying nothing had been definitively confirmed. “It appears that (Pac-12 commissioner) Larry Scott is going to be able to work some magic and help Texas keep the Longhorn Network and their revenue stream.”
Texas president Bill Powers met with Scott in Los Angeles this weekend, a source confirmed to ESPN.com’s Joe Schad.
Texas officials traveled to California to watch the Longhorns game against UCLA. Texas and Oklahoma are engaged in “active discussions” with the Pac-12 about how to make the union work, another source within the Big 12 confirmed to Schad.
The University of Texas regents are set to meet Monday to discuss the future of the Big 12. The meeting will come on the same day that University of Oklahoma regents are meeting on the topic of conference affiliation.
A source close to the Oklahoma athletic department told SoonerNation’s Jake Trotter it’s expected that the Oklahoma board of regents will vote Monday to authorize president David Boren to take action regarding conference realignment.
The source said Pittsburgh was one of the Big 12’s top options as a replacement for Texas A&M, and that when Pitt announced it was going to the ACC, it “clobbered everything” regarding the Big 12’s future.
Another source close to the situation told The Statesman it’s expected the Texas board, like Oklahoma, will vote Monday to authorize Powers to make a decision regarding realignment.
Information from ESPN.com college football reporter Joe Schad, SoonerNation’s Jake Trotter and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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