Pac-10 Expansion: Moves Could Devastate Big-12

Brett StephenAnalyst IIJune 4, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  A fan of the Texas Longhorns cheers prior to the Citi BCS National Championship game between the Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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In a bold, and somewhat crazy move, the Pac-10 is allegedly preparing to make a blockbuster move and extend offers to six schools.

The six schools are alleged to be Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado.

This would be epic for the Pac-10, but absolutely devastating for the Big-12 if it comes to fruition. 

The move would surely make the Pac-10 the strongest conference (although some will still make an argument for the SEC) and would ultimately make the Big-12 a non-BCS conference.

The departure of these six institutions from the Big-12 would almost certainly force other schools from the conference, especially Nebraska, to jump ship, leaving teams like Kansas and Kansas State as the “power teams” of the conference.

Missouri has already said that it will not commit to the Big-12 if these changes occur.

Based on previous comments made by Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive, you can expect to see these Pac-10 offers countered in an attempt to remain the top conference in college football.

At conference meetings, Slive reiterated that the SEC would be “thoughtful and strategic” in their reaction to the Pac-10’s alleged offers.  He also said that the SEC is “a very special league” that has had “special success” but added that it is “not complacent.”

Look for the SEC to make counter offers to four of these six institutions, with the exception of Texas Tech and Colorado. 

The addition of Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State would make the SEC hands down the best athletic conference in college football.

Either way you slice it, these six schools, and especially the aforementioned four, are in a great position right now as they are in a virtual no-lose situation.

If nothing happens, and the Big-12 stays intact, they remain in one of the top academic and athletic conferences in the country.

If they make a move west to the Pac-10, they bolster their own academic status and definitely enhance the athletics of their new conference.

If they move east to the SEC, they become part of what will be an untouchable power conference athletically and lose nothing academically.

Only time will tell, but this will undoubtedly become an absolute war between the Pac-10 and the SEC.

The battles that will inevitably take place off the field may top any Pac-10/SEC matchup that has ever been played on the field and unless these rumors turn out to be 100% false, the Big-12 can start preparing for an absolute blood-bath.