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Time To Perk Up And Pay Attention - Conference Realignment Is Happening Whether You Like It Or Not

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One thing is abundantly clear. There is not a consensus agreement among the Big 12 presidents and AD's regarding the future of the conference. Speculation of a possible breakup of the 14-year-old Big 12 exploded this spring when the Big Ten said it might expand and Nebraska and Missouri indicated interest. Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe and Texas president Bill Powers had been scheduled to brief reporters at the end of the day on Thursday, the third day of the league’s spring meetings. But after a separate meeting of the presidents ran an hour long, Beebe emerged to say—as he was pursued by reporters into a waiting elevator—that the news conference would be on Friday. "The board is still in session.We won’t conclude until tomorrow and we’re not going to have any kind of comments about anything the board has been considering or acting upon until tomorrow." He refused to elaborate. In Thursday’s joint meeting of athletic directors and presidents, Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione said the ADs all gave their recommendation about whether the league should stay together. Apparently, the unanimity that many members were hoping to forge proved elusive. "We all had a chance to express our thoughts," Castiglione said when asked if any of the athletic directors indicated they might want to leave. So does that mean not everyone was united? "Everybody expressed their thoughts," he said.
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