After 10 years of covering college sports, a few general rules have become obvious. Rule No. 47: When a school issues a press release admitting a little, it means a lot has already happened.
So allow me to translate the release produced Saturday night by the University of Oklahoma:
Translation: NORMAN -- We're going to the Pac-10. Larry and Kevin came to check out logistics for the extravaganza of a press conference they'll hold sometime after the board of regents officially approves the move on Wednesday.
For the record, Texas and Texas Tech already have called meetings of their boards of regents. That means either a decision has been made, or there is very little doubt at the result of the vote. Oklahoma State received a visit from Scott as well Saturday as the commissioner of the sushi conference acquaints himself with the barbecue belt. (He's scheduled to make a Texas swing Sunday). Oklahoma State's regents have a regular meeting scheduled for Friday morning in Oklahoma City, but they could call a special meeting if they'd like to move faster. Texas and Texas Tech's regents will meet in Austin and Lubbock, respectively, on Tuesday.
As of now, the only Big 12 South school with a potential invitation to the Pac-10 that hasn't scheduled a meeting of its regents for next week is Texas A&M, and that's telling. The Aggies are trying to decide whether they should join the Pac-10 or the SEC, and they're genuinely conflicted. Despite some reports that a decision had been made, a source at an SEC school told SI.com late Saturday that Texas A&M regents remain on the fence. Texas A&M regent
That informal poll could come soon, and a meeting for an official vote could be set this week. Texas state law requires three days' notice for such a meeting. Saturday, Texas A&M athletic director
"Please let us continue to go through a thorough and thoughtful process," Byrne wrote. "Like you, we understand that this decision will impact us for decades. Let's not rush.
"Having said that, it is still our choice to keep the remaining 10 Big 12 schools together if we can. If we cannot do that, then we will do our best to do the right thing."
That last part seems like a pipe dream now, but with Baylor's influential supporters threatening legislative action, it's probably best to at least appear to have some interest in keeping the Big 12 from imploding.
Meanwhile, CBSSports.com reported
While $10 million wouldn't equal a pro-rata share in the SEC -- which distributed $17.3 million to each of its 12 member schools last week -- or Big Ten ($19.9 million a school) and probably not in the ACC or the Pac-Whatever, it would be more than a pro-rata share in the Big East. At the Big East meetings last month, commissioner
It should be noted that Smith's son,