Texas to discuss Big 12 future

Potential major shifts in the landscape of college football looked to be gathering pace Saturday with the future of the Big 12 to be discussed at the University of Texas, while two bedrocks of the Big East Conference were reportedly plotting to jump ship to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh were both engaged in discussions to join the ACC, The New York Times reported late Friday, citing a source with direct knowledge of the talks.

Neither university nor the ACC would discuss the report with the paper.

The Board of Regents at the University of Texas will meet Monday, meanwhile, to discuss alignment issues in the light of apparent future moves from the University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M away from the Big 12.

UT confirmed the scheduling Friday, a day after Oklahoma officials announced realignment would also be on their agenda at a regularly-scheduled regents meeting Monday.

While the aim of UT officials was to preserve the Big 12, they will also consider potential moves to the Pac-12 or the ACC as well as potentially adopting independent status, the Austin American-Statesman reported late Friday.

The UT regents will discuss "potential legal issues related to athletic conference membership and contracting" in a closed session Monday afternoon.

An open-session discussion will also be held in which the regents could rule how to delegate responsibilities while acting on any matters related to conference membership and contracting.

Texas A&M has already announced its intention to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference. Oklahoma is apparently considering a move to the Pac-12.

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