Late Sunday night, NY Times reporter Pete Thamel, a first rate journalist, reported that the question of UT, OU, OSU and Tech joining the PAC-12 will come to a head within the next week to week and one-half. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott met this weekend with UT President Bill Powers and Longhorn AD DeLoss Dodd. (After seeing us get rolled by the Horns, one can imagine Powers’ and Dodd’s eagerness to get us on their schedule as often as possible.)
The process of the four universities heading west is expected to play out over the next 7 to 10 days.
This new time frame is the breaking news in Thamel’s piece. The article repeats prior reports that the Oklahoma schools are on board with the move. OU President David Boren stated this entire matter will be resolved by the last week of September. The OU Regents meet tomorrow, September 19. Thamel's piece states that Scott, and an unspecified PAC-12 official (who might be Scott), identified 3 obstacles to completion of the deal:
- Next Monday (not tomorrow, but on September 26), the Texas regents must approve the deal.
- The arrangement of the divisions and how the UT television contract will fold into the existing PAC-12 deal must be worked out.
- Once all of those issues are ironed out, then Scott must go to the PAC-12 Presidents, something that has not yet occurred.
Although the outcome remains murky, Thamel is reporting that the potential deal is approaching the decisive stage.
Note what is not up in the air--the OU television deal. No reporting indicates that is a problem.