It’s coming fast and furious now. Here’s some navigation.
Here’s a deadline for Nebraska and Texas legislature to muscle up for Baylor over Colorado in the Nu Pac-10, from Chip Brown at Orangebloods.com.
Nebraska is listening? This from ESPN.com.
It’s a little older, but the Columbus Dispatch got into the prez’s e-mail, confirming, kinda, the Big Ten’s interest in Texas.
Austin (Texas) American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls reports Nebraska and Missouri have a deadline to commit to the Big 12.
The Pac-10 might have something to say today and I’ll be reading what the LA Times’ Chris Dufresne (here he is on Twitter) writes on the expansion subject. Remember, this latest spike in the news comes out of the Pac-10, which, Dufresne writes, has been more smoke than fire so far.
But Brown tweeted ( he’s here on the Twitter) this morning that Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott will recommend the six-team expansion to league presidents and chancellors. He also reports the Friday deadline for Nebraska coincides with a UN Board of Regents meeting next Friday and Saturday in Lincoln.
Pac-10 expansion invites could come out as early as right now, according to this Chip Brown tweet.
Meanwhile, at the Big Ten headquarters in Park Ridge, Ill., commissioner Jim Delany and Michigan State president Lou Anna K. Simon, the chair of the Big Ten’s council of presidents/chancellors, will speak today in a little more than an hour. The league’s presidents and chancellors had previously scheduled this meeting.
Last month, Delany said “no votes … or earth-shattering announcements” would be forthcoming.
That could change now.
Does the Pac-10′s possible power move make the Big Ten flinch? Is the timetable accelerated, as the Ohio State e-mails suggested?
Will Delany address the reported Nebraska and Missouri deadlines? That could be the Big 12′s last power play to hold its ship together, which, let’s face it, is exactly what Texas, the 10-gallon hat in all of this, wants.
But it looks as though no big news came out of the Big Ten presidents meeting. Will update, but the Big Ten doesn’t seem to be where the Pac-10 is as far as invites go.
Texas is the Madoff. The rest of the Big 12 is its piggy bank.
I think fatigue and stress on the relationships and the individuals involved will push this to a sooner rather than later.
As my Twitter pal @Bucketochicken tweeted this afternoon, “I don’t care about Big Ten expansion anymore.”
I don’t know if Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has a Twitter account, but let’s say he did.
“[Bleep], Big Ten!!! [Bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep], Pac-10! Hey, who needs a commish?”
I shouldn’t make light. Iowa State’s BCS status hangs in the balance. That’s serious as a heart attack.