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Remaining five Big 12 ADs set to meet

The athletic directors from the five schools that would be left propping up the Big 12 are scheduled to meet in Kansas City on Monday to discuss options for the future.

The schools, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Iowa State from the Big 12 North and Baylor from the South are hopeful that Texas will choose to remain in a 10-team Big 12. Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe is trying to sell the Longhorns on a lucrative TV deal that awaits the conference even without Nebraska and Colorado.

As Beebe courts Texas, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott visited Lubbock and Austin on Sunday, with Texas A&M apparently next on his agenda.

If Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State decide to leave for the Pac-10, one option on being discussed by the remaining five is to continue on as the Big 12 by merging with the Mountain West Conference. A source said the Big 12 could take the top tier of the MWC, but there also appears to be steam to add all 10 teams in the MWC, including newcomer Boise State.

The boards of regents from Texas and Texas Tech each plan to weigh conference-affiliation plans Tuesday, while Oklahoma's board will discuss its future on Wednesday.