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POSTED BY: tibby000 on 09/06/2013 01:25:42


NEW YORK -- Twelve is enough for the Pac-12, putting the Big 12 in position to survive yet another round of conference realignment. The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors decided late Tuesday night not to expand. "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 a statement. "While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve." Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were considering a potential move from the Big 12 to the Pac-12. After expanding from the Pac-10 with new members Utah and Colorado last year, members of the new Pac-12 decided not to stretch the league farther east. "We were not surprised by the Pac 12s decision to not expand at this time," Oklahoma President David Boren said. "Even though we had decided not to apply for membership this year, we have developed a positive relationship with the leadership of the conference and we have kept them informed of the progress weve been making to gain agreement from the Big 12 for changes which will make the conference more stable in the future. "Conference stability has been our first goal and we look forward to achieving that goal through continued membership in the Big 12 Conference." Meanwhile, across the county in New York, Big East Commissioner John Marinatto emerged from a three-hour meeting with officials from the leagues football schools to say his members "pledged to each other that they are committed to move forward together." The Big East also has been staring at an uncertain future after Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced last weekend they are moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference. But now it appears the Big East, like the Big 12, stands a good chance to survive, too -- for now. Marinatto said all the leagues members -- including Notre Dame and the seven other non-football members -- are committed to aggressively recruiting replacements for Syracuse and Pittsburgh, though he would not indicate which schools are candidates. He said the league will enforce the 27-month notice agreement in its bylaws and not allow Syracuse and Pitt to leave until the 2014-15 academic year. He also said he expects TCU to join the league in 2012 as previously agreed upon. As for the Big 12, the board of regents at Texas and Oklahoma voted to give their presidents the right to choose a new conference. Oklahoma States regents have scheduled a special meeting Wednesday about conference realignment. Oklahoma State was going to follow Oklahomas lead and Texas Tech planned to do the same with Texas. Texas and Oklahoma were not acting together. Texas officials had stated several times it wanted to keep the Big 12 alive. Oklahoma officials said they were looking for stability and equal revenue sharing, which does not occur in the Big 12. Texas has its own cable television network. Now it appears the Longhorns and Sooners will have to figure out a way to continue to live with each other. A person familiar with the schools discussions said Texas and Oklahoma officials are expected to meet in the next few days to negotiate an agreement to keep the universities in the league for at least the next five years. The person requested anonymity because the meeting had not been announced. Whether other schools would be invited to join that meeting was unclear Tuesday night. Scott tried to bring Oklahoma and Texas into his conference last summer, but his bid to create a Pac-16 fell short when Texas decided to stay in the Big 12, in part to start its own network. Nebraska and Colorado did leave the Big 12, but Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe managed to keep the conference together. When the Longhorn Network became a reality, Texas A&M had had enough. A&M, which flirted with the Southeastern Conference last year, reached out to the SEC and ended up being invited to join that league earlier this month. That deal has not yet been finalized because some Big 12 members, such as Baylor and Iowa State, have not waived the right to possibly sue Texas A&M and the SEC. But if the Big 12 and its new 13-year, $1 billion television deal reached with Fox Sports in April survives, the exit should be clear for Texas A&M. And the rest of the Big 12 can go back to looking for a replacement. After the Pac-10 grew by two, adding Colorado and Utah from the Mountain West, the league negotiated a landmark 12-year television contract with Fox and ESPN worth about $3 billion, allowing the conference to quadruple its media rights fees and start its own network. The university presidents decided they didnt need to share their newfound wealth with more schools. "We have a very good situation and a bright future," Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby said. Its hard to say for sure if this will put an end to conference realignment for a while. Many thought after last summers manoeuvring, things would settle down and that barely lasted a year. ACC Commissioner John Swofford has said his league is comfortable with 14 members, which it will have when Pitt and Syracuse join, but is not "philosophically" opposed to expanding to 16. Despite their latest pledge to work together, the Big East still seems susceptible to another raid by the ACC. Adding UConn and possibly Rutgers, located in New Jersey, would allow the ACC to further extend its reach into the Northeast and New York City television market. The SEC will be up to 13 schools when Texas A&Ms move is finally official and even though it has said it can stay at the number, it seems logical to go to 14. West Virginia and Missouri have both been speculated to be candidates and there were reports earlier Tuesday that the SEC and Missouri had a tentative agreement. The SEC shot that down. "The Southeastern Conference has not agreed formally or informally to accept any institution other than Texas A&M, and there have not been conference discussions regarding changes in divisional alignments," SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom said. With Texas and Oklahoma still around, there might not be a reason for the Missouri to relocate. cheap jerseys nfl . Cozart won. 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Ryan Kesler scored twice and Henrik Sedin had two assists in Vancouvers 4-1 win on Saturday that was dominated by physical play that made the rare game between the two far-flung teams seem like a divisional matchup.BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Americas No. 1 team finally came out a winner twice this week. Indianas reward: It can stop worrying about votes and start focusing on the Big Ten title chase. Will Sheehey scored a career-high 22 points and set a new school record Saturday by going 9 for 9 from the field and leading Indiana to its second straight blowout over archrival Purdue, 83-55. "I thought our team was asked enough letdown questions, and I think they were tired of it, too," coach Tom Crean said. "The human dynamic can sometimes plays into it, but not today, not at all. Not with the way they are maturing, not with the way we feel about the rivalry with Purdue. Its a big, big deal." Its not just the rivalry thats big any more. Indiana (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten) bucked the recent trend of No. 1 teams losing games and sliding back in the poll. Last week, the Hoosiers got a reprieve after losing at Illinois before winning at No. 10 Ohio State. They held onto the top spot only after the next four highest-ranked teams all lost, too. The Hoosiers also assured themselves of hanging onto at least a share of the league lead as they head into Tuesday nights showdown with No. 8 Michigan State. The Spartans faced Nebraska later Saturday. To the home-state fans, though, the most intriguing part of this game was how Indiana continued to dominate this series. The Hoosiers have won four straight over the Boilermakers (12-14, 5-8), all by double digits, handed Purdue its most lopsided home loss in school history (97-60) on Jan. 30 and on Saturday became the first Indiana team in school history to beat Purdue twice in the same season by 20 or more points. It doesnt get much more impressive than that -- even if youre on the other bench "Across the board, theyre just a better defensive team (this year) and then you could argue that theyre the best offensive team in the country," Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said. "Its a pretty good mix." This time, Indiana didnt even need its best defender in the second half. Victor Oladipo limped off the court in the final minute of the first half after spraining his left ankle. After the game, Crean said the medical team opted against playing Oladipo in the second half, and its unclear whether hell play at Michigan State. "I hope hes going to be OK, he thinks hes going to be OK," said Crean, who is now 78-78 at Indiana. "Wishful tthinking would be that he will play, but well have to see how he does over the next 24, 36 hours.ddddddddddddquot; Losing Oladipo only slowed down the inevitable rout Saturday. Cody Zeller finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. Christian Watford scored 10 of his 14 points in the first five minutes. Jordan Hulls had 11 points and five assists. Indiana made eight 3-pointers, shot 56 per cent from the field, forced 17 turnovers, limited the Boilermakers to just 38-per cent shooting from the field, and they got a brilliant offensive and defensive game from Sheehey, who became the first player to make all nine of his field goals in school history. The previous record of eight was done four times -- by Jared Jeffries in 2001, Matt Nover in 1992, Ricky Calloway in 1987 and Mike Giomi in 1985. "I got excited because I got to play a little more," Sheehey joked when asked about Oladipos injury and before turning to his shooting performance. "Theres definitely a zone. If you see a couple of shots go through the hoop, your confidence goes up a little bit." Thats the last thing these Hoosiers need after winning eight of their last nine. Purdue was led by Terone Johnson and Anthony Johnson, who each had 11. Nobody else reached double figures, and freshman centre A.J. Hammons, who scored 30 points against Indiana in Round 1, was held scoreless in the first half and wound up with just six points and three rebounds. The Boilermakers have lost five of their last six, a slump that began with the first debacle against Indiana. "Theres no doubt youre frustrated," Painter said. "We just have to do a better job of maintaining that consistent effort. Sometimes its just a breakdown, sometimes it is effort, its a little bit of everything." On Saturday, Purdue never even had a chance. Indiana broke to a 14-5 lead, made it 21-8 less than nine minutes into the game and led 33-14 with 7:06 left in the first half. Purdue rallied to within 41-29 at halftime, then watched Indiana open the second half on a 12-4 run. The Hoosiers sealed it with a 19-4 spurt that ended with Sheeheys layup with 3:40 to go. That made it 82-48. "The first two years, it was tough," Watford said when asked about the four-game winning streak over Purdue. "But any time you can come back and win against your rival, especially the way weve been doing it, it feels good." ' ' '





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