The Big 12 will operate as a 10-member league, including TCU and Missouri, for the 2012-13 school year, interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said in a Tuesday teleconference.
The league's configuration after that, Neinas said, will depend on what decision Missouri administrators make on the school's future conference affiliation.
Neinas said Big 12 officials need a final decision from Missouri before the academic year is over on the school's long-term plans. A declaration before June is not essential because the Big 12 is committed to having Missouri as one of its members next year, regardless of which league school administrators choose as its future home. Missouri has been eyeing the Southeastern Conference.
Until Missouri reaches a decision, Neinas said Big 12 officials will not make a binding call on whether the conference will operate with 10 or 12 teams for the long haul. He said there is no consensus between the two options.
But the plan for the 2012 football season is clear. The Big 12 will have a 10-team configuration, with TCU replacing Texas A&M -- which is SEC-bound on July 1, 2012 -- on 2012 schedules.
The 2012 football schedules are being reworked, Neinas said, to maximize the value for network television partners.
Neinas said ESPN officials have expressed a desire to keep a telecast involving Texas on Thanksgiving night in 2012. League officials are "working with our network partners on that," Neinas said, but added that a TCU-Texas matchup in that contest "likely will not occur."
He declined to offer additional details.
Missouri's potential path to the SEC is unclear after league presidents took no action in regard to expansion during a Monday meeting.
A statement issued by the SEC said the presidents "discussed a wide range of issues dealing with the changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics" but took no action toward expansion. A&M will become the SEC's 13th member next season.
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