Big 12 abruptly cancels news conference

Perhaps also complicating the process was a report out of Texas on Thursday afternoon that the Pac-10 might invite six Big 12 schools to join and form two eight-team divisions. Some Big 12 and Pac-10 officials met informally several few weeks ago to discuss a possible scheduling and television alliance between the leagues.

But after a separate meeting of the presidents ran an hour long, Beebe emerged to say—as he was pursued by reporters into a waiting elevator—that the news conference would be on Friday.

“The board is still in session.We won’t conclude until tomorrow and we’re not going to have any kind of comments about anything the board has been considering or acting upon until tomorrow.”

He refused to elaborate.