Just a quick update before I head out of town.
I received an email from my buddy about 20 minutes ago saying not to believe the "Big 12 is happy at 10" stuff and that the "Big 12 was ready to move on expansion soon."
He confirmed my belief that we'll have resolution on expansion by the end of June with possible movement after the BCS vote on June 20th.
Previously he has advised me not to but much stock in reports of Notre Dame joining the conference and expressed his belief that Notre Dame could make more money as a member of the Big 10. His believes that all Notre Dame football games would be picked up as either T1 or T2 broadcasts and that T3 rights to basketball and olympic sports would earn the Irish more money as part of the Big 10 Network.
His view hasn't changed even though Notre Dame has apparently given the Big 12 some assurances they would join the conference if the BCS playoff format requires conference champions.
He also says that everyone except Texas is against Notre Dame as an associate member and right now the vote would be 7-1 or 9-1 against (counting WVU and TCU) allowing Notre Dame in without football. The idea that Notre Dame would play only select members of the Big 12 in football until they can join as a full member is not popular and will not be approved.