Pac 10 Big 12 Buzz

Latest rumors swirling around the world of college athletics has some interesting implications for two of the nation’s premiere conferences, the Pac-10, and the Big-12.

…the Pac-10 is prepared to offer membership to six Big 12 schools to form a mega 16-team conference that would cover the western half of the country and break into seven of the nation’s top 20 television markets. LINK


Mike Slive and the SEC have been sitting back and weighing offers to UT and A&M for the Western division, and FSU and Clemson for the Eastern Division (that is, if you believe any of the stuff you read on the innernut message boards). Still, for any of the major conferences, the big prize is the Texas television market.

Whether or not any of these rumors are true is anybody’s guess. I surmise that if I hear the phrase, “it’s about academics and competition, and not about the money,” I’ll know the rumors are true. And, if it’s true, then watch the rest of the conferences make a mad dash to make sure they’re not left out in the cold.

Scheduling for major football schools is completed years in advance, so any realignment would necessarily take place over several years, with many traditional rivalries being discarded in favor of more TV moolah.

Stay tuned, sports fans!

Related: Big 12 abruptly cancels news conference

3 Responses

  1. I don’t know about this.
    Colorado leaving, sure, I can see that and good riddance.
    The core schools in Texas I just don’t see them leaving for the PAC. There really is no upside in doing so.
    I had already heard of the Big Ten making overtures to Nebraska and a few others, which sort of makes sense.
    A TV deal with the PAC and Big 12 sounds more plausible. They seldom play those schools.

  2. It’s beginning to look like this bizarre merger is going to happen.
    The only thing about it that makes any sense is money and it will have to be a lot of it to cover all the additional travel expenses.

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