At least four other universities — Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State — are expected to announce they are heading to the Pac-10 in the next week, though developments late Friday made that less of an inevitability. Interference could come from both the state Legislature in Texas and from the United States Congress, possibly slowing the realignment process.
Senator Jay Rockefeller, Democrat of West Virginia and the chairman of the Commerce Committee, said he would hold hearings in July about the realignment, and the Higher Education Committee in Texas said it would meet next week about the possible breakup of the Big 12.
What is the motivation of universities that abandon tradition and rivalries to change leagues?
“The motivator is money and the issue is TV,” the former Syracuse athletic director Jake Crouthamel said. “It’s strictly about money. The presidents sit back there and they say that we’d like to have similar academic institutions and research institutions and it’s bull. If you can play and win, that’s all that it takes, and you’re in a good market.” . . . . . .