Colorado University officially accepted an invitation to join the Pacific-10 Conference on Thursday, a move that could be the beginning of the end of the Big XII and a colossal realignment of the largest and most powerful conferences in college sports.
Reports on Wednesday indicated that Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech would join Colorado in the new expanded Pac-10, but there has been no official word from any of those schools as of 6pm Central time on Thursday.
Meanwhile, regents from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech met on Thursday afternoon to discuss their options. A Kansas City television station reports that the Longhorns and Aggies will jump to the Big Ten conference, with OU submitting an application to join the Southeastern Conference. TMZ reports that the SEC would not accept the Sooners without a second school at the same time, and that Oklahoma State plans to join the Pac-10.
Texas A&M has also reportedly expressed interest in the SEC, and an Atlanta radio station reports that the SEC has extended invitations to the Aggies and Virginia Tech from the ACC. Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com reports that the SEC Commissioner would be willing to move two SEC West teams to the East to make room for Texas and Texas A&M.
In the wake of all these rumors, Big XII Commissioner Dan Beebe says that he is "working tirelessly towards the long term viability of the Big 12."