Nebraska has reportedly agreed to join the Big Ten Conference, a move that signals the end of the Big XII Conference and opens the door for Texas, Oklahoma, and four other Big 12 schools to join the Pac-10 and form the first NCAA super-conference.
Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com reports that the Nebraska Board of Regents met Wednesday and officially agreed that Nebraska would leave the Big XII and join the Big Ten. An official announcement is expected on Friday, or perhaps sooner than that.
Brown also reports that Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds met with Longhorn coaches and administrators Wednesday to inform them that Texas tried everything it could to save the Big 12, but that those efforts failed. Texas and Texas A&M regents plan to meet tomorrow to discuss the future of those schools, but with the Big XII's demise, all signs point to Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Colorado joining the Pac-10 to form a 16-team mega-conference that would begin play in 2012.
The Big Ten is also reportedly negotiating with Missouri and Notre Dame, but other reports indicate the conference will cap its expansion with Nebraska to form a 12-team league.
If this realignment occurs, the remaining teams in the Big XII - Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, and Baylor - would be left scrambling to join other conferences before the moves actually take place.
David Reed and Drew Shirley, First Sports