Big 12 leaders held a board of directors meeting by phone Thursday to move forward with plans for a beefed-up television contract, to reassign some leadership duties and to restore unity. Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton was chosen as the groups' new chairman in the meeting, replacing Texas president Bill Powers for a one-year term.
Texas Rep. Joe Barton, who has introduced anti-BCS legislation in Congress, says the television money that persuaded Big 12 members to reject Pac-10 overtures shows the financial jackpot awaiting a college football playoff.
Texas lawmakers wrote a letter Thursday asking Big 12 officials to consider adding the University of Houston to the conference.
In a press conference on Tuesday, MU leadership reaffirmed the school's committment to the Big 12 and announced expectations for the conference to return on the promise of more lucrative revenues.
Expansion angst passes with assurances that Big 12 Conference will not disband.
Read the live tweets from MU's news conference by Missourian reporter Christie Megura.
MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden both said they were pleased with the news Monday night out of Austin, Texas.
Shortly after Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said that Texas turned down an offer to join the Pac-10 athletic conference, the Longhorns issued a statement saying it would "continue competing in the Big 12."
The meeting continued the conference realignment discussion that started Friday with Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden.
The UM system Board of Curators is meeting this week to discuss Missouri's options in conference realignment, among other issues.
Bernadette Gray-Little said she hopes to talk to MU's Brady Deaton as well.
Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has reached out to her counterpart at Nebraska, urging him to keep the Cornhuskers in the Big 12 Conference.
The outfield walls were moved back and raised for this year's Women's College World Series, meaning Hawaii, the nation's leading home-run hitting team this season, could have a harder time Thursday against Missouri in the event's opener.
Many said there won't be any real answers to the question of conference realignment until presidents of Big 12 Conference schools join the discussions at the Big 12 meetings on Thursday.
No decision by Missouri, Nebraska or anybody else about leaving the Big 12 Conference is expected for several months, but the league commissioner and several others are trying to work out the possibilities in meetings this week in Kansas City.
Fans are invited to gather at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Missouri Athletics Training Complex to see the team off to Oklahoma City to play in the Women's College World Series.
The women of the Missouri softball team left Columbia on Tuesday for Oklahoma City, the host of the 2010 Women's College World Series. The Tigers play their first game against Hawaii on Thursday at noon.