In the wonderful world of conference realignment, there are some knowns, some unknowns, and quite a bit of speculation. In other words this thing is very fluid…what is fact now, may not be factual in just a few hours.
What we do know is that it is highly likely that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will make their intentions known shortly that they are leaving the Big 12 Conference. What is slightly less likely is that Texas and Texas Tech will also leave., and what is extremely likely is that the Big 12 Conference will end at the end of June, 2012.
The larger question at this point is where will the remaining ten members of the Big 12 Conference be for the 2012-2013 athletic seasons?
After checking with various sources in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and North Carolina, here is what we have this afternoon.
It is extremely likely that Texas A&M is going to the SEC, while is is nearly as likely that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will end up as members of the Pac 12 Conference. It is slightly less likely that Texas and Texas Tech will also join the Pac 12, but if Texas doesn’t go (for whatever reason…LHN), then Tech may be left out of the Pac 12 picture. If the Texas schools aren’t invited, then we’re hearing from our LA source that it could actually be Missouri and Kansas.
If Texas and Texas Tech join OU and OSU to form the first super conference in the Pac 16, then look for Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State to head east, but where is the larger question. Missouri apparently has multiple options, with interest from the SEC, ACC, Big East and even hearing from our Chicago source that the Big Ten has renewed interest in the Tigers. Kansas and Kansas State, due to basketball success, will likely wind up in either the Big East or ACC.
The two teams that very likely will not wind up in a BCS conference, when this thing is done, is Iowa State and Baylor. But once again most of this picture is very fluid…and we’ll be on it 24/7.