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PAC-12 Could Be Texas' New Conference

Conference realignment rumors have been in full gear this weekend, with Pittsburgh and Syracuse facilitating many of them by applying for ACC membership. Consequently, the Texas Longhorns may wind up as a member of the PAC-12, at least according to Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com.

A source close to Texas repeated to me today the Pac-12 may now be the Longhorns' top option in terms of finding a new conference home.

The Pac-12 might be willing to accept a "modified" version of the Longhorn Network, the source said.

This development was first reported by Orangebloods.com on Saturday, when the Atlantic Coast Conference began moving in a different direction, according to a Big 12 administrator.

Multiple sources said Texas was banking on ESPN to make a marriage between the ACC and Texas that would allow the Longhorns to keep LHN. But that appears to have failed, the sources said.

It looks increasingly likely that the demise of the Big 12 is going to come sooner rather than later, despite Baylor's efforts to force Texas A&M to remain a member of the Big 12. The University of Oklahoma has been focused all along on joining the PAC-12, and it looks as though the Longhorns will join them. 

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