aj, while you have some valid comments some responses seem warranted.
"Who else would the Pac 10 want to add" (besides BYU and Colorado i think) Boise State, Utah, New Mexico are all possibilities.
If Boise St. can't prove their financial worth to gain entry in the MWC, they won't be on the PAC 10 radar. Which is further moot given the PAC 10 would only take in flagships or private schools anyway. Utah fits the mold, New Mexico simply wouldn't equate to enough $$. Given your other comments you should understand this.
Whoever thinks ND will join any conference (Big East or Big 10) YOU ARE DEAD WRONG!!! ND just renewed their TV contract with NBC. By having a contract of their own they make WAY more money than team in conference that have to split up the t.v. $ with the weaker conf teams. As long as ND has such a huge fan base, NBC will give them the contract. and as long as they have that contract, they will stay independent.
While I agree ND will do everything in its power to keep their football independent, part of their ability to remain so and still make a lot of money is their conference membership in the BE for all other sports. What if that were taken away? ND's annual conference revenues and money received for football (TV and BCS) will equal about $15 million. The Big 10 schools will each get approximately $10-12 million. If the BE splits and ND is unable to bunk with the all-sport camp, chances are their membership rewards as part of the so-called Catholic League would be for a good deal less then via the BE. Further, while the bowls may like ND, the conferences do not. So long as conferences are looking for secured money from the bowls and if ND is not affiliated with any major conference, then the pressure on them grows.
Again, it's a given they'll fight for independence till the end of time, but if the B10 schools ever sought a championship game then it's very conceivable a member of that conference might make more money than ND as an indie. Or at the least that their membership in the B10 could be more profitable than indie status.
A) To whoever said Neb will go to the Big 10 because they are jealous of Texas getting the spotlight in the Big XII.. you like men. Again, teams don't leave conferences for reasons like that... they leave for $.
B) the person saying that Tex wont go to the SEC because they have to play a lot of game in a different time zone... you also like men. I think they'd sacrifice that 1 hour if the $ was right.
Those comments are uncalled for. If your points are good enough to stand on their own, then please take them elsewhere.