“There’s no timetable,” Neinas said. “Everything is in place. We’re preparing for 2012. We’ll see what occurs.”
Neinas said he has had recent decisions with SEC commissioner Mike Slive. Neinas said he told Slive “if you’re going to extend an invitation to Missouri please let me know.”
Neinas also said no matter what decision Missouri makes, the Big 12 would be a 10-team league in 2012 - with Missouri and new member TCU
"If Missouri is going to change horses (conferences), it won't be for 2012 anyway," Neinas said.
Whether the Big 12 eventually grows to 12 teams, there has been no decision made, Neinas said.
“There is no consensus from conference members on going to 10 or 12 members,” Neinas said.
Neinas added there was some support last month for staying at nine teams (if Missouri left for the SEC), but that was no longer the thinking about league members.
“The idea (with or without Missouri) would be (for the Big 12 membership) 10 or 12 teams,” Neinas said. “It won’t be 16.”
The decision to expand to 12 would have a big impact on the Big East. Sources have told CBSSports.com that Louisville is the top candidate of the Big 12 if the league adds one member and if it expands by more than one, West Virginia is another strong candidate.
Neinas did not discuss any potential expansion candidates on Tuesday’s conference call.
He did say, however, that an Associated Press report that Missouri could make $12 million more annually in a 14-team SEC was not accurate.
“They (a 14-team SEC) would have to increase their television revenue by $168 million,” Neinas said.
The Big 12’s interim commissioner said Missouri reacted “favorably” to the addition of TCU. He also added Texas will continue to have a nationally televised Thanksgiving game, but with Texas A&M gone to the SEC, the Longhorns’ opponent for future seasons has not been determined. It, in all likelihood, will not be against TCU, Neinas said.