UPDATED: 4:46 p.m. — Oklahoma State is refuting a TMZ Sports report that it is leaving for the Pac-10 immediately.
But George Schroeder of the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard says "you can take it to the bank" that the Pac-16 will become a reality.
UDPATED: 1:59 p.m. — A Kansas City TV station is reporting that Texas and Texas A&M are trying to get into the Big Ten and that Oklahoma is looking toward the SEC.
Chip Brown — the OrangeBloods.com reporter who has been all over expansion — tweets that you should not believe the TV report: "There's a KC TV report saying Texas, A&M to Big Ten That would be news to those schools."
UPDATE: 1:26 p.m. — This has nothing to do with expansion, but the NCAA has hit USC hard for violations stemming from the Reggie Bush era (2004-05).
Click here for the full report in PDF format.
Here are the basic penalties: 2-year postseason ban, 30 lost scholarships over three years, vacate 2005 Orange Bowl victory against Oklahoma (national title game) and all 2005 wins.
NCAA committee also seriously considered television ban.
UPDATE: 12:47 p.m. — Here's the latest statement from Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson regarding conference expansion/realignment:
“The Mountain West Conference is fully in tune with the ongoing developments in the intercollegiate athletics landscape, including today’s announcement of a change in other conferences’ memberships. We remain in communication with key parties and are continuing to implement our internal strategies. These deliberations are ongoing and will be remain confidential until the appropriate time.”
10:21 a.m. — Here is the official release from the Pac-10:
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The Pacific-10 Conference announced today that the University of Colorado at Boulder has accepted an invitation to join the Conference as its 11th member, the first new member since July 1, 1978.
“This is an historic moment for the Conference, as the Pac-10 is poised for tremendous growth. The University of Colorado is a great fit for the Conference both academically and athletically and we are incredibly excited to welcome Colorado to the Pac-10,” said Commissioner Larry Scott.
“On behalf of The University of Colorado students, faculty, alumni and fans, we are proud to accept this invitation from the Pac-10 and join the most prestigious academic and athletic conference in the nation, “ said Philip P. DiStefano, chancellor of CU-Boulder.
“The University of Colorado is a perfect match - academically and athletically - with the Pac-10,” said University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson, “our achievements and aspirations match those of the universities in the conference and we look forward to a productive relationship.”
Commissioner Scott, Chancellor DiStefano, President Benson, CU Board of Regents Chairman Steve Bosely and CU Athletics Director Mike Bohn and others will hold an official press conference on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 11 a.m. MT at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo.
The Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday and, according to reports, vote to accept an invitation to the Big Ten.
Now it's up to Texas and the other schools in the Big 12 South to decide the next move. Do they head West to join the Pac-10, cobble together a few more schools to keep the Big 12 intact or splinter in several directions (Texas A&M to the SEC?)?
Mountain West impact
The Mountain West delayed a decision on expansion at last week's presidents' meetings in Jackson, Wyo., because of the uncertainty surrounding the conference landscape.
Now what does the conference do now?
Some suggest partnering with Big 12 leftovers — Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Baylor and/or Iowa State.
Missouri's chancellor says "Anything could happen."
Boise State is nervously watching and waiting as the conference dominoes fall into place. Is there a place in the Mountain West for the Broncos?
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