Texas Will Not Leave Big 12 for the Pac-10
POSTED: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 5:51pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 5:01pm
Monday, June 14: According to several reports, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott said he has been contacted by the University of Texas at Austin, and the Longhorns' brass said they will decline the Pac-10's offer to join their conference. The Big 12 Conference, led by Commissioner Dan Beebe, said Texas released a statement saying "we we continue to keep competing in the Big 12". Oklahoma and Texas A&M also say they will stay in the Big 12, which on Friday seemed in danger of falling apart after Nebraska and Colorado both decided to leave over the next two years. "The decision to stay in the Big 12 represents a consensus position which resulted from a collaborative effort with our colleagues in the conference," Oklahoma president David L. Boren and vice president and director of athletics Joe Castiglione said in a joint statement. "We value the strong working relationship that has been reaffirmed during this process among the conference members. We intend to work very hard to make the conference as lasting and dynamic as possible. We appreciate the respect and interest that has been shown to OU during this process."
Texas president William Powers Jr. wouldn't give any details about why the school decided to stay put when asked by the AP. Texas has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning.