Big 12 Commissioner Taking Action On Big Ten Rumors

Jonah PulsCorrespondent IMay 13, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 30:  Cameron Meredith #34 of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers looks on during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against University of Arizona Wildcats on December 30, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Cornhuskers defeated the Wildcats 33-0. (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The discussion of Missouri and Nebraska possibly joining the Big Ten must be getting on the nerves of the Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe.

He stated today that when the Big 12 has their conference meetings June 1-4, he might give Big 12 schools an ultimative.

"We need to have a frank conversation in Kansas City," Beebe told WHB, the Kansas City radio station; the same station that had claimed the Big Ten dished out invitation to Missouri and Nebraska.

"We need to talk about where we're going and who's on the plane when it takes off. I will be very direct and talk about that with our membership. We've got a lot of good things in store for us if we stick together. It would be a shame, given that all boats have risen with this tide created by the Big 12, that they think they can have a better future somewhere else."

As I stated in my latest article, the Big Ten's time line is to make a decision within the next 12-18 months.

But if Beebe makes the schools come up with a decision, will that force the Big Ten to accept the schools at a much earlier time?

Big Ten officials will be holding their meetings on June 6 at conference headquarters in Park Ridge.

Question is: Will the Big Ten (11) be the same once the month of June is complete?