LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The conference shake up continues Sunday as Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott visits Lubbock to meet with Texas Tech officials about joining the conference.
Scott landed in Lubbock shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday and was hurried over to Jones AT&T Stadium to meet with select Tech officials about potentially moving over to the Pac-10 conference.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 Sports has heard reports that Scott was not here to make an invitation to Tech to join the conference, but rather to encourage them to apply to join. Joining the conference is not done on an invitation basis but through application just like any other job.
Reportedly, should Tech decide to apply, the acceptance would be a mere formality on the part of the Pac-10 committee.
We did hear from Chancellor Kent Hance regarding the meeting, which he said went, "very well" and they should know something in the next 48 hours.
Once visits had been made, reports surfaced that Texas A&M had turned down the offer proposed by Scott. However, NewsChannel 11 has since learned those reports are untrue as A&M president released the following statement.
"As Bill Byrne and I have said on several occasions, our desire was for the Big 12 conference to continue. With the departure of two universities from the conference last week, the Big 12 is certainly not what it was. We are aggressively exploring our options, one of which is for the Big 12 to continue in some form. We have also had extensive discussions with other conferences over the past two days. We continue to evaluate our options in a deliberate manner as we work toward a decision that is in the best long-term interests of Texas A&M."
The last report we have received says that Scott traveled to Austin from Lubbock and was then scheduled to travel to Kansas City, Missouri. No reports have come from Austin on the status of the meetings with their elected officials either.
The next expected piece of the puzzle is expected to surface on Tuesday when these respective schools hold meetings with their regents and other officials. We'll keep you informed as details become available.
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