Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe canceled a scheduled news conference Thursday night amid rumors that eight schools could leave his conference.
He declined comment
Three Big 12 athletics directors expressed commitment to the league despite rumors swirling that six schools could leave for the Pac-10 Conference.
But all three gave hints that change is in the wind.
Just hours after the Orangebloods.com reported the Pac-10 planned to invite Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado, those athletics directors gave hints that change is in the wind.
“Those scenarios, whether possible or imaginary, would have to be vetted out with (school administrators),” Oklahoma Athletics Director Joe Castiglione said. “I couldn’t speculate if they would pursue that or not.”
Castiglione did say he has not been contacted by Pac-10 officials.
Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden declined to address the report.
“Again, it’s a lot of rumors a lot of speculation out there. That wouldn’t be something appropriate for us to comment about,” Alden said.
Entering the Big 12′s meetings, speculation swirled that Missouri and Nebraska were Big Ten candidates. Those rumors became footnotes but Alden reiterated his loyalty to the Big 12 in a public setting.
“We’ve said all along we’re proud members of the Big 12 Conference,” Alden said. “Again, you get into speculation and rumors, and it’s in nobody’s interest to be able to talk about those types of things. Those are things you can’t control. We’ve responded pretty consistently about that.”
Texas Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds tried to evade reporters as he left a meeting today. When he was aked about a report moving Texas and five other Big 12 schools to the Pac-10, Dodds replied: ” Do you expect me to read Orangebloods.com?”
When asked about Texas’ future with the Big 12, Dodds said, “We’re still committed to the Big 12.”
Castiglione echoed Dodds’ sentiments.
“I know a lot of you don’t believe this but we really have been focused on working through the business of the Big 12,” Castiglione said. “Some of which is very normal this time.”