Chuck Carlton of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS has this Saturday:
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was en route from Colorado to the states of Texas and Oklahoma with invitations in hand, a source familiar with the process confirmed.
If the Aggies cannot commit, the Pac-10 is prepared to invite Kansas with its great basketball tradition. While the Jayhawks are desperate to find a landing spot, they would have to leave in-state rival Kansas State, a political problem.
Meanwhile Kirk Bohls of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN reports that Texas A&M does not have an official invitation to join the SEC but does have a “firm” invite from the Pac-10.
Texas A&M does not have a firm invitation to join the Southeastern Conference and may not receive one at all, a very highly-placed school official at one of the Big 12 schools expected to leave for the Pac-10 Conference no later than Tuesday told the Statesman on Saturday afternoon.
“They don’t have an offer,” said the high-profile figure, who is heavily involved in these conference realignment negotiations. “They do not have an offer. They can’t.”
The school official said, “I don’t think they are risking anything (by A&M’s indecisiveness), not if they’re looking (at the SEC).”
He confirmed that is because A&M knows it has a solid invitation to join the Pac-10 along with Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott is in the process of visiting those Big 12 schools between now and Tuesday when the board of regents for Texas and Texas Tech meet in separate meetings.
“He’s trying to hit everybody,” the source said of Scott. “He’s among some of the schools now. He won’t be here on Tuesday.”
If A&M were to try to secure an invitation to the SEC, the source said the Pac-10 would seriously consider Kansas.
When asked today by the ASSOCIATED PRESS if the Pac-10’s Scott was indeed en route to Austin, Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said, “could be.”
How much time will the Pac-10 give A&M to make an affiliation decision? The Statesman previously reported that the Aggies have 72 hours to make up their mind, but the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS reported today that there is no such deadline.
Meanwhile the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM reports that the Mountain West is already mulling expansion school candidates:
Mountain West Conference sources confirmed that the league is sending out feelers to Big 12 members that may be left out in any continued conference shake-up, most notably Kansas and Missouri.
Kansas State would be another option. Baylor, however, would not be.
On the same day the MWC officially added Boise State, sources said TCU will lobby the MWC against Baylor’s inclusion should the Big 12 school be left out of the impending conference realignment.
Turns out Baylor Regent Buddy Jones may have been right all along about this process. Baylor is indeed facing “armageddon.“