Pac-10 to try and become the Big 16?

6/3/10 in NCAAF   |   Scott   |   54652 respect

Rumors are circulating that at this weekend's Pac-10 meetings, the conference is set to extend invitations to Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado to leave the Big 12, merge with the Pac-10 and become the Big 16. 

The six teams from the Big 12 would be an eight team division with Arizona and Arizona State while USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State would make up the other eight team division.

Financially, if a merger like this took place, the new conference would have seven of the top 20 TV markets and would no doubt be an attraction to every cable company in the country.  The thought is that the Big 16 would start up there own cable network, on par with the Big Ten Network, and it would pay out up to $20 million dollars to each of the 16 schools.

It's obvious that expansion is on the horizon, one way or another, in college sports.  I'm not sure I like the idea of three or four 16 team conferences though. 

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