After thinking that the Big 12 was going to just sit back on the sidelines and wait for the Big Ten to raid the Big 12's coffers, we learn today that the silence on the expansion front may have had something to do with an alliance in the works with the Pac-10. Initial meetings between the two league's commissioners and some athletic directors from the conferences occurred Wednesday and Thursday, and according to Dan Beebe, the talks were "very positive".

What this all means is that the Big 12 wanted to act, and probably had some form of plan as soon as the Big Ten began its expansion talks. In a not so subtle dig at the Big Ten, Beebe indicated in regards to conference size that "12 is the maximum number that operates well in football".

The Pac-10 side of things seems to point to this ...

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