Pac-12 Expansion Rumors: How Will the SEC and Other Conferences React?

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Pac-12 Expansion Rumors: How Will the SEC and Other Conferences React?
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Expansion rumors in college athletics are anything but certain. In the summer of 2010, it seemed like the Pac-16 was all but a certainty. Nebraska and Colorado had officially left the Big 12, and it looked like the Texas and Oklahoma schools weren't far behind.

A few weeks ago, Texas A&M to the SEC was reported as imminent. The Aggies will likely join the SEC in the near future, but it wont happen as quickly as some people think.

Oklahoma president David Boren says multiple conferences are interested in the Sooners. T. Boone Pickers says the conference will not exist within the next five years and that Oklahoma State will probably join an expanded Pac-12.

The future of the Big 12 is in serious doubt. It may soon become a thing of the past in college athletics like the Southwest and Metro Conference.

If the Pac-12 does expand into Texas and Oklahoma, it won't be the only conference looking to get 16 teams or beyond.

The expansion focus would then turn to the remaining five remaining Big 12 schools.

The SEC would need to add another school (or three) to go along with Texas A&M, and could do so amongst those schools. However, they would also face competition from Jim Delaney and the Big Ten.

Meanwhile the ACC, Big East and others are left wondering what will be the outcome of their futures.

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