Missouri wants to be a member of the Big 10.
Carefully crafted loyalty pledges to the Big 12 aside, Missouri's interest in joining an expanded Big Ten couldn't have been more obvious.
But with conference rival Nebraska apparently the top choice to make that switch, and the Pac-10 Conference poised to grab as many as six more Big 12 schools, Missouri now finds itself on the outside looking in -- and Tiger fans are starting to worry.
But they haven't received their invitation to the dance.
The Sooners are following Texas.
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione told the Tulsa World that the Sooners' position is that it's going to stick with Texas wherever the Longhorns go because of the long history between the two schools.
"I think it would be a horrendous decision for OU and Texas to break up," Castiglione said. "We're going to stick together if it's at all possible."
Right...Boone Pickens U is committed to the Big 12.
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."
TMZ is reporting the Pokes are leaving. This is the same web site that follows Lindsey Lohan around.
Baylor is desperately trying to keep everyone together.
"Baylor is working feverishly to keep the Big 12 together," Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said Thursday. "It is of special importance to keep the four Big 12 schools from Texas together."
Tommy Tuberville talks about realignment.
ESPN: Can you believe this is happening?
Tommy Tuberville: "You hate to see any kind of change. The Big 12 has been a strong conference and has a lot of great representatives, but it’s just a matter of time, and I’ve seen it the past four or five years — it’s only a matter of time before conferences start to change around.
"For Colorado to leave and I don’t know whether or not Nebraska is going or not, it sounds like they are, it’s just amazing that it happened in this short of time. But what a conference it would be if it all turned out to be the Pac-16. With most of us from the state of Texas and Oklahoma going to that conference, that would be a tough, tough league to win but it would be exciting."
R.I.P. Big 12. Everyone is going west.
Maybe the PAC-10 doesn't want us?
He also said that no assurances and that no invitations have been issued to any other Big 12 schools, including Texas and Texas A&M, whose athletic directors met on Thursday in Austin to discuss their future.
"There are several different scenarios," Scot siad. "There is no defined timetable" for further Pac-10 expansion.
The Bears tried to play politics. It really hasn't worked out for them.
Baylor has tried to play politics to usurp Colorado and be included in the Big 12 exodus to the Pac-10. I don’t think the Bears will succeed.
First, the Pac-10 is partial to Colorado. Always has been. The Pac-10 seems to sense a kindred spirit in the Buffs. Boulder is sort of Berkeley East; a funky, liberal bastion. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
And no way is Baylor attractive to the Pac-10. The Pac-10 always has been allergic to Brigham Young, another church-based school. Baylor is the nation’s largest Baptist university. A Baptist friend of mine says Baylor actually is quite liberal in Baptist eyes, but I don’t think that’s a concept Berkeley recognizes, liberal Baptist.
Barking Carnival is rumor-mongering.
Commish Dan Beebe issues a statement about Colorado.
"The Big 12 Conference has been informed that the University of Colorado has accepted an invitation to join the Pacific-10 Conference. I continue to work through the process that was agreed upon last week by our Board of Directors to address membership issues, and am working tirelessly towards the long-term viability of the Big 12."