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When Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe spoke Friday at the conference spring meetings about a deadline for member schools to commit, he declined to give a date.

It's much sooner than anyone expected and targets Nebraska, one of the league's premier football schools and now a linchpin in the Big 12's hopes to remain intact.

The Cornhuskers were given a deadline to make their conference intentions known within two weeks, multiple Big 12 sources confirmed Saturday night. Nebraska, along with Missouri, has been linked to Big Ten expansion plans.

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman was not immediately available for comment.

"I really haven't had a chance to have an in-depth discussion with Harvey [since Friday]," Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne told the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal-Star on Saturday night.

Osborne told the newspaper he was unclear about "the parameters" of the situation.

One source said the Cornhuskers were told to decide by the end of this week. Another source indicated Nebraska might be given an extra week. Either way, the conference needs the decision soon.

The uncertainty has led to reports that the Pac-10 could capitalize on the weakness by extending invitations to as many as six Big 12 teams, including all or most of the South Division.

If Nebraska affirms its commitment, the Big 12 is likely to survive. If not, expect schools to quickly pursue other options, with the Pac-10 the most intriguing.

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott has spent the weekend updating his conference officials, including athletic directors, on multiple expansion possibilities. Among those: the 16-team model with the Big 12.

He will brief his chancellors and presidents today, then is expected to hold a news conference.

Possible concerns could be the academic fit of several Big 12 schools, including Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

And Baylor, which has a historical relationship with the other Texas Big 12 members, might be viewed as an attractive option to Colorado. In that case, the entire South Division might move en masse to the Pac-10.

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If even half of this conference realignment stuff happens, college football will really suck. Or at least everything outside the SEC will suck even more than it already does.

Seriously... they're talking about expanding on such a grand scale but still go out of their way to say that they aren't even interested in adding a championship game? Blow it out your azz, you monkeys.

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