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6/11/10

Major shifts in college conferences continue

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The major shifts in college conferences continued Friday, after the University of Nebraska was unanimously accepted into the Big Ten. Nebraska officials decided the Big Ten would provide them stability that the Big 12 would not.

Amid this move, the Texas Tech Board of Regents announced it will hold a meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon to discuss their conference options. The regents at the University of Texas will also meet on Tuesday.

Here's Texas Tech President Guy Bailey on the crumbling of the Big 12. "Well, we worked hard to preserve the Big 12, it's been a great conference for all of us. We've had all of our natural rivals there so it's sad to see it break up like this, but the loss of Nebraska and Colorado has been a severe blow to it," said Bailey.

Texas Tech released the following statement late Friday evening:

Texas Tech University is aware of the decisions made by the University of Colorado and the University of Nebraska, and the dynamics of the Big 12 are changing. We have been committed to supporting the Big 12 Conference throughout this process. However, there are significant ongoing conversations, and we will make a decision in the best interest of the university at the appropriate time.

Meanwhile, the University of Colorado has officially joined the Pac-10. Their Board of Regents unanimously voted Friday to accept a bid to join the conference. Regent Michael Carrigan said the vote was an easy one.

The Pac-10 is also reportedly interested in inviting Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech to form a 16-team league. The Texas A&M Aggies could also head to the Southeastern Conference.

University of Texas regents will also meet next week to decide whether the Longhorns will remain in the Big 12 or switch to another conference. Their regents announced Friday that they will hold a meeting by telephone Tuesday for "discussion and appropriate action regarding athletic conference membership."

When Big 12 teams are done shuffling, Oklahoma State officials are hopeful they'll still be united with national powerhouse Texas. In an e-mail to University of Texas system regent Robert L. Stillwell last week, OSU athletic director Mike Holder wrote: "We just want to be with Texas when the dust settles!"

All the shuffling could leave five Big 12 schools — Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Baylor — without a major conference allegiance.

Congressman Chet Edwards of Waco -- home to Baylor, the only private school in the Big 12 -- is urging Texas legislators to immediately hold public hearings on any potential move by the schools.

Copyright 2010 KCBD. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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