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Pac-12 doesn't want to grow

NEW YORK — Twelve is enough for the Pac-12, putting the Big 12 in position to survive.

The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors voted late Tuesday not to expand again. Commissioner Larry Scott says "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."

Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were among those considering a potential move from the Big 12. After expanding from the Pac-10 with Utah and Colorado last year, members of the new Pac-12 won't give them the chance.

Across the country in New York, Big East commissioner John Marinatto said his members "pledged to each other that they are committed to move forward together."

The Big East is trying to figure out what's next now that Pittsburgh and Syracuse are leaving for the ACC.

Presidents and athletic directors from the conference's remaining football members — USF, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Rutgers and Louisville — along with officials from TCU, which is slated to join in 2012, met with Marinatto.

But now it appears the Big East, like the Big 12, stands a good chance to survive the latest round of conference realignment, thanks to the Pac-12.

On Monday, the board of regents at Texas and Oklahoma voted to give their presidents the right to choose a new conference. Oklahoma State's regents have scheduled a special meeting today about conference realignment.

Oklahoma officials said they were looking for stability and equal revenue sharing, which does not occur in the Big 12. Texas has its own cable television network. Texas and Oklahoma officials are expected to meet in the next few days to negotiate an agreement to keep the universities in the league for at least the next five years. Whether other schools would be invited to join that meeting was unclear Tuesday night.

And it's hard to say for sure if this will put an end to conference realignment for a while.

ACC commissioner John Swofford has said his league is comfortable with 14 members but is not "philosophically" opposed to expanding to 16.

Meanwhile, the SEC has an informal offer on the table for Missouri to join its league, the Kansas City Star reported Tuesday.

The Birmingham (Ala.) News reported that the SEC and Missouri have "informally agreed that, barring new developments, the school will join the league and that Auburn University will move to the SEC East Division." The report added that, "(a) majority of presidents has endorsed the informal agreement."

The additions of Missouri and Texas A&M, which has stated its intention to leave for the SEC and been approved by the conference, would bring the number of SEC teams to 14.

The SEC shot down such talk Tuesday, as did Chad Moller, Missouri's assistant athletic director for media relations.

The Missouri board of curators has set a public meeting for Thursday followed by an executive session.

Arizona State: Starting defensive end Junior Onyeali is expected to miss at least six weeks with torn knee cartilage and will have surgery Thursday.

Michigan State: Offensive linemen Jared McGaha and Blake Treadwell have MCL injuries, but it is unknown how long they will be out.

N.C. State: Linebacker Terrell Manning will miss three weeks with a left knee injury.

Oklahoma: Starting receiver Trey Franks was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Texas: Junior quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who lost his starting job after the second game, will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his right throwing shoulder. Sophomore Case McCoy will remain the starter.

Pac-12 doesn't want to grow 09/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:34am]

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