Texas turns down Pac-10 invite, commits to staying in Big 12

Texas said Monday that it is remaining with the Big 12, pointing to the likelihood the conference — though downsized — will be preserved.

The school has called a news conference for Tuesday. Its president, William Powers, and men's and women's athletics directors DeLoss Dodds and Chris Plonsky will take part. Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe will speak later in the morning via teleconference.

The move comes as all the Big 12's remaining 10 members, minus Nebraska and Colorado, appear to be moving toward agreement to remain intact as a league. That could signal a virtual, and unexpectedly swift, end to reconfiguration of the college athletics landscape.

The other schools that were reported to also have invites to the Pac-10 have largely said that they intend to do whatever Texas does, which now appears remaining in the a smaller Big 12.

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