Pac-16 mega conference in the works? Colorado accepts Pac-10 invitation

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona's college sports scene could be getting a huge makeover with the addition of six schools to the Pac-10, including Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma.

This possibility comes with the reported dismantling of the Big 12, which could begin as early as Friday.

Nebraska and Missouri are considering moving from the Big 12 to the Big 10 conference. They have until Friday to make their decisions. Should they leave, that gives the remaining teams the chance to jump to the Pac-10.

According to the Associated Press, Colorado on Thursday accepted the Pac-10's invitation to join its conference. Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State reportedly are expected to follows suit soon.

Larry Scott, the commissioner of the Pac-10, announced back in February that the conference was looking into expansion.

The new mega-conference would have two divisions.

Arizona, Arizona State, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Colorado would be in the East Division. The eight remaining current Pac-10 schools -- USC, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State --  would make up the West Division. That West Division is the original Pac-8 Conference before Arizona and Arizona State joined in 1978.

Some say a 16-team mega-conference would create quite a bit of revenue, including a new television network deal similar to what the Big 10 has now.

The pieces are expected to fall into place over the next couple of days.

Javier Soto explains how it could all shake out.