Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pac-10 expanding to 16, raiding Big 12?

The Pac-10 has plans to expand to 16 by adding half of the Big 12, according to

The latest rumor in the offseason of conference expansion rumors has the Pac-10 beating the Big Ten to the expansion punch by adding Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado from the Big 12.

The super conference would form its own network and end the Big 12, according to the report from, the Texas site on the Rivals network.

It would also leave Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, Iowa State, Nebraska and Missouri without a home conference.

The Pac-10 and Big 12 have been in talks about combining for network purposes and nonconference matchups. This report goes a step further, alleging the two BCS conferences are ready to make a pre-emptive strike on the Big Ten, which has been balking at expanding from its current 11-team format after making its intentions public in February.

In their current form, with less than 12 teams, neither the Big Ten nor Pac-10 can stage a conference championship game — which both costs the conference money and a share of the late-season spotlight.

The Big Ten has been rumored to be interested in Notre Dame, Missouri and Nebraska from the Big 12 and Pittsburgh, Syracuse, UConn and/or Rutgers from the Big East. The Big Ten has denied all reports about expansion offers and effectively tabled the decision after no movement during the annual BCS meetings in Phoenix in April.

-- J.P. Giglio