The Lawrence Journal-World and News is reporting that the Big Ten has entered into preliminary discussions with the University of Texas. (H/T to Josh for sending in the link.) Please note that this is an actual newspaper article as opposed to a regurgitation of some Twitter feeds on Bleacher Report. Maybe the Big Ten Expansion Index wasn’t so crazy after all. Here’s the main quote:
“There have been preliminary exchanges between the Big Ten and Texas,” the source told the Journal-World on Wednesday. “People will deny that, but it’s accurate.”
So, if Big Ten and Texas officials deny this report, you can respond with, “YOU LIE!!!” With the Pac-10 also looking at expansion (with the speculation centered on Colorado and Utah), a major realignment of college conferences looks more and more like a probability than just a theoretical exercise. (That being said, as I explained in this post, any rumors about the Pac-10 expanding have a lesser chance of actually coming to fruition because of the conference’s unanimous vote requirement.) Coming soon, I’ll have some thoughts on what the Big East ought to be doing regardless of what happens in this conference realignment process. Until then, continue on with the great comments.
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