Well, if it makes it that far without a knife fight breaking out.
Colorado's departure to the Pac-10 Thursday made it official. It was so official that the Pac-10 itself cut out the middleman -- speculation -- and made the announcement itself.
Form is holding according to what one source told me earlier in the week: Colorado would be taken regardless in an effort to collapse the Big 12 and force Texas, Texas AM, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
The MVP of the expansion process remains Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott.
You'll be hearing a lot about legislatures and regents but it is a smokescreen. There is no Big 12 Conference to go back to.
Nebraska hates Texas which hates Missouri. That was in the best of times. Try keeping together a conference with that kind of animosity swirling around.
What you'll see next is the Pac-10 expanding to 16. The next move? Seeing if the Big 12 stays together even long enough to satisfy its current tv contract which expires in 2012..
The answer, of course, is no. Get out the machetes, boys. May the deserter win.