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It looks like the Pac 12 is here to stay ... for now

I've hesitated to post too many links regarding Pac 12 expansion because, well, it's been so unbelievably unpredictable. One day it seems like a done deal. The next day it changes. It's Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and then it isn't.

The reporting on this has been good. But it just been unpredictable. Really the only thing you know about college presidents and conference commissioners is that they are looking to make money and protect their own interests.

But as of late tonight, it appears that the Pac 12 will stay the Pac 12 and Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will stay in the Big 12.

Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott and the Pac 12 chancellors met to discuss expansion and voted against.

"After careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference," Scott said. "While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve."

From Andy Staples' column from SI.com

A source said early Wednesday morning that the Pac-12 did not want to accept Texas if the Longhorns weren't willing to fold their Longhorn Network into the Pac-12's regional network structure and share revenue equally with all members of the conference. Texas, the source said, was not willing to do that. At the same time, the source said, taking only Oklahoma and Oklahoma State would have created another complicated set of issues, leading Pac-12 leaders to conclude that staying at 12 was the best move for the conference. Next year, league members will begin splitting a 12-year, $3 billion media rights deal. Adding members might have increased everyone's share of the pie, but it also might have lured in the same kind of infighting that has plagued the Big 12.

From the Oklahoman story quoting Oklahoma president David Boren ..

“We were not surprised by the Pac-12's decision to not expand at this time,” Boren said in a statement, though that seemingly contradicts Boren's statements Monday.

“Even though we had decided not to apply for membership this year, we have developed a positive relationship with the leadership of the conference and we have kept them informed of the progress we've been making to gain agreement from the Big 12 for changes which will make the conference more stable in the future.

“Conference stability has been our first goal and we look forward to achieving that goal through continued membership in the Big 12 Conference.”It sounds like Oklahoma will go back to the Big 12 if commissioner Dan Beebe resigns and the Longhorn Network do not show high school games.

Here's the story from a Texas perspective from the Austin American Statesman.

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