Pac-10 Expansion With Big 12 South: College Superconference Era Begins?
UPDATE: The AP is now running a story on this topic which is suggesting that no unanimity could be achieved at the Big 12 meetings in Kansas City today, according to quotes from University of Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione. That has led to a press conference delay from Big 12 officials until tomorrow, and increases the plausibility of a Big 12 break up (6:46 P.M., PDT) .
BREAKING: The invitations alleged in this article have just been confirmed by University of Colorado Athletic Director Mike Bohn (5:22 P.M., PDT) .
Step aside, Big Ten and SEC.
There might be a new sheriff in town, taking a dominant hold on the entire college football landscape.
According to Rivals.com, the Pac-10 is about to pre-empt everyone in the football world by offering a spot in its conference to six teams.
Those teams are:
Colorado, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M (or maybe Nebraska instead), and Texas Tech.
If all of the offers are accepted, the Pac-10 would have successfully created the most epic conference college football has ever seen, and the potential financial benefit to conference members would be undeniable.
Based upon the rumors (again, this is not concrete yet) the Pac-10 will extend the offers this weekend, potentially as early as tomorrow (Friday).
The conference would be set up with Arizona and Arizona State joining an eight team division with the other new schools, and then a second division composed of the eight Pacific Coast schools.
The story lines here are absolutely fantastic, as coaches like the pictured Bob Stoops would be pitted yearly against his brother, Mike Stoops.
Also, the potential tango between a perennial powerhouse like USC and Big 12 South all-stars like Oklahoma and Texas is certainly enough to raise some eyebrows.
Adding credibility to these claims is the fact that Missouri, despite a major summit of Big 12 schools currently underway, has just acknowledged that they cannot commit to the Big 12.
It appears that one of college football's strongest conferences might break up and give way to a new era, because if this happens the Big Ten's hand will also be forced.
Not much imagination is required to see Nebraska, Missouri, Notre Dame, and potentially other schools then migrating into the Big Ten to make the necessary adjustments to compete with this western monster, and the SEC would likely need to expand as well.
This alleged series of events would be the most drastic change in the storied history of all of college football, and for once, it actually seems viable.
For the teams involved in the Pac-10 and Big 12, the monetary opportunity is undeniable, as they could create quite a television monopoly.
Rivals.com is reporting that Fox Cable Networks is interested in making this happen and that revenues would be astronomical.
Texas A&M is supposedly having difficulty stomaching the move to the Pac-10, and might try to jump on board with the SEC if the Big 12 breaks up. In a similar fashion, Nebraska is not particularly interested in the Big Ten.
So another possibility would be Texas A&M out and Nebraska in to preserve some of the history of the old Big 8.
Texas is in favor of maintaining a conference allegiance for non-conference games with the Pac-10, and is trying to hold the Big 12 together. That is certainly another viable option, but it remains to be seen how many teams will get on board with that.
The Pac-10 seems uninterested in that idea, preferring a full-blown merger.
There should be some conclusion to these matters in the coming days, and hopefully some definitive answers, but for now, this is developing into the biggest story in the sports world.
College football fans disgruntled with the BCS might have finally gotten some changes; just not the changes they have been clamoring for/expecting.
Ironically, if this happens, it will be because of the same wheelbarrows full of television money that the BCS brought to college football.
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