Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The state board overseeing the University of Kansas and Kansas State University lobbied its counterparts in Texas and Oklahoma on Monday just hours before universities in those states committed to staying in a Big 12 Conference with 10 members.
The chairwoman, vice chairman and top staff member of the Kansas Board of Regents told the boards of five Texas and Oklahoma universities that the Big 12 remains "extremely viable."
University of Texas officials declined an invitation Monday to join the Pac-10. Texas A&M University, the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma University quickly followed with commitments to stay in the Big 12.
The Kansas regents had sent the letter to each of those school's regents, as well as the regents for Texas Tech University.