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The Big 12 is accepting resumes from expansion candidates. Wholesale Lightning Jerseys .The smallest Power Five conference took a significant step toward adding members Tuesday when its university presidents directed Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to begin evaluating schools interested in joining.Oklahoma President David Boren said the board of directors voted unanimously during a meeting Tuesday in Dallas that coincided with football media days to take another step toward adding to the 10-member league, but they stopped just short of committing to future expansion.I think its a statement from the board that we want to move forward, Boren said. Weve had discussion of the attributes of some of those schools that have come to us and expressed interest. And that we want to move forward and have a full evaluation of exactly the level of their interest, what kind of proposals they might make to us in terms of terms and conditions for joining the conference.When the conference ultimately makes a decision and how many schools it might add are still up in the air, Boren said.Bowlsby said his work could be done before the end of the football season.Its possible that this could extend to our October board meeting, but its also possible that we could have a special meeting sometime between now and then, the commissioner said.The Big 12 has been a 10-team conference since 2012, after Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M and Missouri left during the last major wave of realignment and TCU and West Virginia joined.The conference has being batting around the idea of adding more members for more than a year and begins its search with plenty of suitors. The Big 12 has been getting pitches behind the scenes for months from American Athletic Conference schools such as Cincinnati, Connecticut, Memphis, Houston and Central Florida. BYU, a football independent, has made it known it wants into a Power Five conference. Colorado State has also reached out to Big 12 leaders.Weve been contacted by a number of institutions, and I would imagine after this news breaks well be contacted again, Bowlsby said.The Big 12 has already announced plans to reinstitute its conference championship game in 2017.The reconstituted Big 12 in 2014 hailed its round-robin football schedule as the way to produce One True Champion, but the slogan looked silly when it ended up with co-champions that season. Both TCU and Baylor were left out of the first College Football Playoff. After that season, the Big 12 began to reassess.Conference leaders decided not to overreact to one years results and instead studied expansion, along with bringing back the title game and trying to start its own television network.Oklahoma reached the College Football Playoff as the Big 12 champion last season, tempering some of the conferences nervousness. Firms hired to crunch the numbers for the Big 12 told the conference earlier this year that expanding would increase the chances of making it to the playoff and boost revenue.Boren has been the leading advocate for expansion. He said the conference was psychologically disadvantaged by having only 10 teams. On the other side, Texas wanted to stay at 10 -- and keep its own Longhorn Network in place.In June, the Big 12 said starting a TV network was unlikely. Expansion also seemed unlikely coming out of those meetings. Even Boren was backing off.But Monday, it was reported that ESPN will announce soon the creation of an Atlantic Coast Conference Network to start in 2019, a move expected to lead to a long extension of the conferences grant of media rights. The grant of rights virtually locks conference members together.Boren acknowledged the ACC news influenced the Big 12. He said we cannot just sit on the sidelines and not be proactive ourselves.Big 12 leaders have acknowledged that none of the schools most likely to be added are a natural fit. None is guaranteed to deliver both highly competitive teams -- especially football teams -- as well as large new markets to increase the value of future media deals.I would say that we are looking for members that will grow over time as we grow, Bowlsby said, that will bring stability to the conference and that have a high top end, will benefit from an affiliation with the schools that are currently in our conference.---Follow Ralph D. 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Dirk Nowitzkis aching Achilles continued it off the court.Lillard scored 27 of his season-high 42 points in the second half to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-95 victory over Dallas on Friday night, sending the Mavericks to the first 0-5 start in their 37-year franchise history.Nowitzki sat out the second half with a sore right Achilles and after the game, the team announced he would miss at least the next week.Its just uncomfortable and sore, Nowitzki said. So we decided to just shut it down. Im already not moving great at 38 as it is, so to be out there moving on one leg is not helping myself and its not helping the team.The Mavericks were also without Andrew Bogut (personal reasons), and Lillard and the Blazers took advantage. With backcourt mate C.J. McCollum saddled with foul trouble for most of the game, Lillard had 18 of Portlands 25 points during a 14-minute stretch of the second half.Sensational. Amazing. All-Star. MVP, McCollum said of Lillards performance. He definitely saved us. He saves us all the time.Mason Plumlee had 19 points and Al-Farouq Aminu added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Portland.J.J. Barea scored 23 points and Harrison Barnes had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks.The Blazers led by three at halftime despite shooting only 3 for 14 on 3-pointers in the first half, but started 7 for 8 from beyond the arc in the third quarter to open a 78-62 lead.However, Portland went 0 for 10 for the rest of the quarter and the Mavericks pulled to 79-76 entering the fourth.After Salah Mejris dunk closed the gap to one, Lillard scored two quick baskets at the other end, then made a 3 with 8:18 left to put the Blazers up 89-80. The Mavericks got no closer than six the rest of the way.When they got it to one, I knew coach was going to put me back in a little earlier than usual, Lillard said. As soon as he called my name, I ran to the scorers table and knew whatt needed to happen. Adidas Braydon Coburn Jersey. TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Coach Terry Stotts earned his 300th win as a head coach. . Lillard has scored at least 27 points in each of Portlands first six games. ... McCollum played only 24 minutes due to foul trouble and scored nine points, but his driving lay-up with 4:34 to go gave the Blazers a 95-87 lead. It was his only basket after the first quarter. ... Shabazz Napier tied the score at 26-26 after one quarter when he stole the ball from Barea in the front court and made a 32-footer at the buzzer.Mavericks: Devin Harris has missed all five regular season games after suffering a right big toe sprain in the teams final preseason game. ... The Mavericks scored more points (six) on the fast break in the first quarter than their game average of 4.5, the NBAs lowest.MISSING BOGUTLillard, who earlier this week said Golden States defense was just not the same without Bogut this year, began exploiting Boguts absence in the Dallas defense in the second quarter with an attacking style of play.Lillard scored 10 points in the quarter, all of them a result of drives to the basket that ended in lay-ups or foul shots.Hes a huge difference, Lillard said. He makes a huge difference for them defensively and offensively as a big that can catch the ball in the middle of the defense and make plays. And he protects the paint on defense.RALLY THE RESERVESThe Mavericks sliced into Portlands third-quarter lead, playing mostly with Barea and four reserves in the game. Justin Anderson scored two inside baskets and fired up the crowd with a block of Aminus layup at the other end.They went hard. They had energy. 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