Pac-16 expansion links and other stuff

If you believe everything you reads, it seems only a matter of time before the Pac-12 becomes the Pac-16. Texas is the key to the possible expansion, but it sounds like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are ready to take the leap. With Texas A&M headed to the SEC, Texas Tech would be the fourth school. Texas has also been linked to the ACC but some. And others think the Longhorns will become the new Notre Dame and play an independent schedule.

You could break the Pac-16 conference into two eight-team divisions: The old Pac-8 (Oregon schools, Washington schools, Cal, Stanford, USC, UCLA) and the other division would be comprised of the Arizona schools, Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma schools and two Texas schools. Problem is everyone wants to play the LA schools because of recruiting.

If Texas isn’t part of the equation, maybe BYU would be a possible option?

Here’s some scheduling options from Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman.

Here’s an interesting story from the Coaches Hot Seat blog. And here’s what Bud Withers of the Seattle Times wrote about possibile expansion.

A panel of ESPN writers believe expansion is inevitable.

Quick Hits

What are the odds of this happening? The numbers of the first three winning horses at Belmont on Sunday? 9, 1 and 1. http://espn.go.com/new-york/story/_/id/6964670/horses-wearing-9-1-1-win-first-three-belmont-races-sept-11

Here’s my story on Troy Kelly, who is winding down a successful Nationwide Tour season. He’s in Boise this week, trying to secure his first victory. Currently No. 3 on the money list, he’s locked down his PGA Tour card for 2012.

The Seahawks lost starting fullback Michael Robinson to an ankle sprain last week at San Francisco. The injury to a player most of us known nothing about illustrates just how thin and inexperienced the Seahawks are, and partially explain why they’re 14-point underdogs this week at Pittsburgh. Read Art Thiel’s take on the Hawks here.

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