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Pac-12 Conference calls off expansion plans for now

The Pacific 12 Conference released a statement Tuesday night saying it was not pursuing expansion plans at this time.

"After careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference," Commissioner Larry Scott said in the statement.

The decision came after Scott met with  conference presidents.

There had been wild speculation in recent days that Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were close to leaving the Big 12 and joining Scott's conference, making it the Pac-16.

The conference, though, has decided for now it will stay at 12 teams. It expanded last year from 10 to 12, adding Colorado and Utah, after a deal to form the Pac-16 fell through at the last minute.

Texas and Oklahoma were a part of those plans at the time.

More details to come later at


At USC, football really is a numbers game

Big East and Big 12 talk of merger

Arizona State expects to face a motivated USC

-- Chris Dufresne

Photo: Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott. Credit: Ed Andrieski / Associated Press

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