Oklahoma cleared the way Monday for its possible departure from the Big 12, with university president David Boren demanding the league move toward an equal revenue-sharing model and create stability or else lose the Sooners to the Pac-12.
Rival Texas also moved closer to the door, raising the prospect that one of the biggest conferences could lose its two richest, most powerful programs.
After being granted power to choose a new conference home, Boren said he is focused on two options: a fractured Big 12 that isn't suitable now or the expanding Pac-12.
"The status quo is certainly not stable," Boren said. "That's one of the things we're weighing: Can it be made stable?"
Texas counterpart Bill Powers, granted similar decisionmaking power by his regents Monday, said he would consider options "including continued participation in the Big 12."
The Big 12 has moved to the brink of extinction just one summer after the remaining 10 members pledged to stick together then hammered out a $1.2 billion television contract.
"I would simply say it is not a strong vote of confidence in the conference office that this has happened in such a short period of time," Boren said.
Texas A&M plans to leave the Big 12 for the SEC by July. If Oklahoma leaves, so will Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State's regents called a special meeting for Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Big East commissioner John Marinatto said he was confident the league would emerge stronger from the loss of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC over the weekend.
Marinatto plans to hold Syracuse and Pittsburgh to their 27-month contractual exit obligations, meaning that they could not leave the Big East until June 2014.
Marinatto echoed the disappointment of his peers around the Big East that ACC officials like commissioner John Swofford and Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo had openly speculated about playing the league's postseason basketball tournament in Madison Square Garden. The Big East holds a contract with the Garden for its basketball tournament through 2016 and has played the tournament there since 1983.
"We have a track record of coming out stronger than we did before," Marinatto said, referring the ACC's raid of three Big East teams in 2003. "We may even hold the opening round of our basketball tournament in Greensboro," a frequent site of the ACC tournament, he said in jest.
Stoops gets extension: Oklahoma regents voted to give coach Bob Stoops, already one of the best-paid coaches in the country, a new contract through 2018. With a bump in salary and added bonuses, it will pay $34.5 million over seven years. OU athletic director Joe Castiglione got a three-year extension.
UNC vacates wins in self-imposed penalties
North Carolina will vacate all 16 football victories from the 2008 and 2009 seasons and reduce scholarships as part of self-imposed penalties after an NCAA investigation.
The school also put the football program on two years of probation as a result of the investigation into athletes accepting improper benefits and academic misconduct.
In Monday's response to the NCAA's notice of allegations outlining nine violations, the school said it will cut three scholarships for each of the next three academic years and pay a $50,000 fine.
The school still must appear before the NCAA infractions committee Oct. 28 and could face additional penalties from the NCAA.
S. Carolina allegations: The NCAA accused Gamecocks athletes of receiving $55,000 worth of impermissible benefits and recruiting inducements for getting reduced hotel rates and for their involvement with a Delaware mentoring organization. The NCAA requested a response by Dec. 14. President Harris Pastides said the university would cooperate with the NCAA.
lsu fight update: Lawyers for suspended LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson said DNA tests in the case of an Aug. 19 bar fight involving Tigers football players were inconclusive. A grand jury will begin hearing evidence Wednesday. Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns are charged with felony second-degree battery.
Michigan State: Starting right offensive tackle Skyler Burkland (dislocated left ankle) is expected to miss the rest of the season. The redshirt freshman is expected back for the winter conditioning program.
Missouri: The Tigers expect to get cornerback Kip Edwards (knee) and defensive end Jacquies Smith (dislocated left elbow) back to face top-ranked Oklahoma.
Stanford: Linebacker Shayne Skov, the team's leading tackler and perhaps its most important player after quarterback Andrew Luck, is out for the season with a left knee injury.