Discussions about expanding and realigning the college conference continue to swirl, and the Big Ten conference is at the heart of the conversation.
The latest speculation? The Big Ten “are not done looting the Pac-12”.
Saturday Tradition’s Matt Hayes reported the news over the weekend, quoting an industry source who said “If anybody thinks the Big Ten aren’t coming back for more, they’re not following.” of the possibility that the Big Ten is looking to add more conference teams after poaching USC and UCLA.
Why would the Big Ten try to expand further into the Pac-12?
Hayes wrote, “Because the Big Ten isn’t leaving USC and UCLA alone on the West Coast. They have to protect their investment.”
According to Hayes, Washington, Oregon, Stanford and California “are the dream addition for the Big Ten if it can find the funding” with Washington and Oregon the preferred additions if the conference only has the funding for two. other Pac-12 schools.
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Speculation about the future of the Big Ten and the Pac-12 has been swirling lately, but it intensified after Saturday Tradition’s report.
Yardbarker wondered about the long-term future of the Pac-12 amid other Big Ten rumors.
Gray Papke wrote, “The Pac-12 has tried to expand in turn, but it seems to be fighting a losing battle. The schools he can bring in to replace such large losses are simply not as prestigious as the ones that leave. . Any further losses for the Big Ten could jeopardize the long-term existence of the conference.”
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Outkick wrote that the choice was simple for Pac-12 schools if offered by the Big Ten.
David Hookstead wrote, “There is a basic, simple reality that the world of college sports must accept. The Pac-12 survives as long as the Big Ten allows. It’s as simple as that. There’s no point to pretend otherwise. The PAC-12 lives at the mercy and discretion of the B1G. As soon as the Big Ten picks up the phone and sends invitations to Oregon, Washington, Cal and Stanford, it’s over for the Pac -12.
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Sports Illustrated wrote that adding more Pac-12 schools made sense for the Big Ten.
Cole Thompson wrote, “Like the Bruins and Trojans, any deal involving Oregon would likely have to include Washington. As the two biggest remaining programs in the Pac-12, both schools would bring significant revenue to the Big Ten under new media Not to mention that a deal to bring in two more west coast schools would ease travel arrangements for USC and UCLA, while adding to the conference’s westward expansion plan.
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Bro Bible speculated that California Pac-12 schools would pay for the Big Ten.
Clay Sauertieg wrote: “Following the addition of USC and UCLA, there were immediate reports that the Big Ten may also add other Pac-12 schools. Oregon and Washington were among the first names to appear. But since then, it seems Cal and Stanford have come to the fore. That would give the Big Ten the entirety of California’s Power 5 football program, a move that could pay off on multiple fronts.
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