And then there were 10 ... well, sort of. While Missouri explores its options, TCU has decided to join the Big 12, CBS Sports is reporting.
The CBS Sports report says the Big 12 invited TCU, and the Horned Frogs will accept, putting them in the conference for the 2012-13 season.
"It's a done deal," multiple TCU sources told CBSSports.com.
Let's all just forget that TCU was slated to join the Big East in July 2012. CBS Sports says the Horned Frogs will have to pay a $5 million exit fee, but they'll be free to go.
A TCU board of regents meeting is reportedly scheduled for today.
This brings us to Missouri. The latest is an Associated Press report saying the Tigers' first love was always the Big Ten with the SEC being runner-up.
"That's what's left," the official told the AP, speaking of the SEC.
University of Oklahoma president David Boren told ESPN.com that he sees "50-50" odds of Missouri leaving the Big 12.
Other rumored expansion candidates include BYU, Louisville, Cincinnati and West Virginia. Oh, and ESPN.com says Tulane is also under consideration.
UPDATE: Here's the official statement from the Big 12:
"Acting upon a unanimous recommendation of its expansion subcommittee, the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors has authorized negotiations with Texas Christian University to become the Conference's 10th member, and instructed interim commissioner Chuck Neinas to immediately begin discussions with TCU.
"The action of the Board was without dissent. On the advice of legal counsel, The University of Missouri did not participate in the vote."