Are you kidding me?
The Big Ten is in preliminary talks with the University of Texas to join its conference, the Lawrence Journal-World reported, citing an anonymous source.
"People will deny that, but it's accurate," the source told the newspaper.
The Big Ten is seeking a 12th team to join the conference, which would allow it to have a championship game like the Big 12 and SEC. Many think Missouri and Pittsburgh are strong candidates, but to grab a Big 12 power like the Longhorns would be a coup.
In December of 2009, the Big Ten issued a statement that the timetable for expansion was in the 12-to-18-month range.
The paper reported that Texas already receives the most TV money in the Big 12 and that geographic concerns don't carry the weight they once did because TV revenues have grown so much.
Sporting News writer Mike DeCourcey wrote in December about Texas and the Big Ten teaming up,
"No one seems to recognize the genius of this suggestion, which may be evidence of its genius. Everyone else seems to be thinking small and boring, but as I suggested not long after the Big Ten Network was conceived, Texas is the one program that could dramatically expand the money-making power of the league's cable operation."