Expansion Update: Little 12 lives on & More

How did the Little 12 survive? What is next for the Pac-10? Here is the latest on conference expansion from the AP:
Staring at extinction, the Big 12 is once again in play. The beleaguered conference made a rousing comeback Monday, when Texas declined an invitation to join the Pac-10 and decided to stay in the Big 12. …

As for the Pac-10 and Scott, who was trying pull off a bold move that would have dramatically changed the landscape of college sports, they are left looking for at least one more member to get to 12 by 2012 when Colorado is set to join.

Scott’s next target? Utah from the Mountain West Conference would seem a likely candidate.

Scott’s plan was to add Texas (with Notre Dame the big prize in the conference expansion game) along with its main Big 12 South rivals — Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

Because Texas is the richest and most powerful of the Big 12 schools, the Longhorns were seen as the lynchpin to the deal. Wherever Texas decided to place its cash cow football program, the rest of the schools would seemingly fall in line. (Read the entire report below)