As Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC realignment and expansion rumors swirl, the New York Times Pete Thamel attempts to make sense of it all in his most recent report on the matter. As he puts it, regardless of what everyone else wants to do, it all comes down to Texas. As usual.
Thamel tweeted the gist of his article in a series of tweets.
Nothing happens with the Pac-12 and UT-OU until A&M to the SEC becomes official. (Tue or Wed).
Oklahoma reached out to the Pac-12 more than two weeks ago. This wasn't sudden.
did NOT go zip around Big 12 country and meet with schools while in Dallas area for ORE-LSU.
Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini told me: "I don’t see that happening at all at this point" in regards to legislative involvement.
The Big East has reached out to multiple Big 12 universities and offered a soft landing in case Big 12 folds.
For Texas to go, they'd need to "fold" TT to their network to fit Pac-12 model. This is feasible, as ESPN and Pac-12 have good rapport.
The Pac-12 presidents haven't discussed UT-OU-TT-OSU. There's a chance -- and I don't know how much of one -- they may have no interest.
The word is that the Pac-12 will not accept the Oklahoma schools with Texas. And since Texas would likely come with Texas Tech, we might be on the verge of the Pac-16.
Or maybe not.