Five of the six schools likely to defect from the Big 12 to the Pac 10 are essentially set. Should that scenario come to pass, it's reported that Texas,Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are almost certain to be those five.
Some reports have placed Colorado as the sixth, sewing quite a bit of panic among officials at Baylor, as evidenced by a series of e-mail sent by regent Buddy Jones to university alumni and supporters in the Texas Legislature, which has already shown that it is willing to press the Pac-10 to include Baylor to keep the four state schools together.
"My guess is that Colorado hasn't taken enough broadside hits to sink their boat yet and they may well be on the invite list," Jones said. "I hope I'm wrong. But there's still time left to change the scoreboard. We aren't through."
Another e-mail from Jones urged the alums in the Legislature to call key officials at Texas, A&M and Tech. It provided talking points about why those schools should throw their weight behind Baylor instead of Colorado.
In a subsequent e-mail he wrote of the importance of legislative involvement.
"It is imperative that whatever happens the four Texas schools (and hopefully OU and OSU) agree to stick together," Jones wrote.
"United we stand. And the three public Universities you all are contacting understand the importance of an issue that touches 20 of their bosses in the Legislature."
Another e-mail obtained by the Dallas Morning News sent Sunday mentions that "great progress" had been made in the previous 48 hours. Former state Sen. Kip Averitt said university trustees and Waco community leaders are working to keep Baylor together with the other Texas schools.