It's been a few days so we were overdue for a college conference expansion mega-rumor. Today's Pac-10 Manifest Destiny rumor fit the bill indeed.
Because it appears the Pac-10, which has its meetings in San Francisco starting this weekend, is prepared to make a bold move and invite Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado to join its league, according to multiple sources close to the situation.
While this news technically has nothing to do with the Big Ten and Syracuse, if there's any semblance of truth to it then I think it leads us back in the direction of eventually playing for a conference that doesn't include the word "East" in the title.
Quite simply, assuming this were to happen, the Big Ten will look at the available Big 12 squads left and immediately make their play for Nebraska and Missouri. They'll also make their play for Rutgers and put Notre Dame on final-final notice. They may or may not go for Syracuse but even if they didn't, I don't think the Orange stand pat.
With a 16 team Pac-10-Whatever-It's-Called and a Big-Ten-Or-Whatever-It-Is-Now that consists of 14 or 16 teams, the ACC will expand. They just will. The SEC can afford to stand pat at 12 but the ACC cannot. So they'll look to Louisville, West Virginia, USF, UConn and SU, assuming their all available, to keep up.
Of course, this is all just more speculation based on another rumor that probably isn't worth ruminating over. So, you know...
We remain cautious and concerned.