NCAA Expansion: Five Potential Names for the New Pac-10
With the Colorado Buffaloes officially accepting their invitation to the Pac-10, and most likely more teams to follow, the Pacific 10 conference has some huge changes and decisions to make.
One decision—which is probably the most overlooked and least important—that the Pac-10 will have to make is what exactly the new conference should be called. While it is a trivial matter at this point, it is of course an interesting topic to debate.
So I have compiled a list of possible names for this Super Conference. Some of the names are legitimate while others are a bit more humorous. Hope you enjoy!
About 250 million years ago there existed a super-continent that scientists now refer to as "Pangaea" (pronounced pan-JEE-ə). Obviously, this super-continent slowly drifted apart to form the seven continents that we know today.
So, in honor of the super-continent Pangaea, the first super-conference—formerly known as the Pacific 10—will eventually be referred to as "Expangaea"
Smaller conferences are coming together to create a super-conference, which is a similar concept to Pangaea. It is only natural that the conference be named within the same realm.
Expangaea. The first Super-conference. It definitely has a ring to it.
In 1990, the Big 10 expanded to eleven teams by adding Penn State. Over the past 20 years, fans from outside the Big 10 have ridiculed the conference for never changing its name.
While it does seem a little absurd that the Big 10 never changed its name despite having eleven teams, what does it really matter?
Suppose Pac-10 officials take the same stance after this whole expansion process is over.
Sure, sticking with the name "Pac-10" would seem extremely ignorant in a conference that could potentially have 16 teams; not to mention having a team like Texas which is, quite frankly, nowhere near the Pacific.
But again, a name is a name. A name doesn't define a person, and it most certainly doesn't define a conference. And besides, they could always stick a subliminal number somewhere in the logo.
3. Big Pacific
On a more believable and serious note, a name like the "Big Pacific" makes a lot of sense in this situation.
Yes, it's kind of bland, but it's no more bland than the "Big 12" or the "Pac 10". So why not merge the two names and create a conference title that exudes a lack of creativity?
I don't think anyone would complain with a name like the "Big Pacific". The conference would certainly be big, and the majority of the teams are geographically close to the Pacific Ocean.
The current names of other conferences suggests that a name like the "Big Pacific" is the most likely out of all the other possible names I created, and after reading them all, it is pretty obvious.
4. Midwestern Conference
Out of all the names listed, this name makes the most sense to me.
It defines everything about what the current Pac-10 could eventually become, but only geographically.
The potential teams in the "Midwestern Conference" are geographically located in the middle and western parts of the United States.
A name like the "Midwestern Conference" would also make it easier to name the two divisions of the new super-conference.
Separate the teams that are on the west coast (Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, USC, UCLA, Stanford, and Cal) into the "Coastal Division", and the teams that are not on the coast (Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and possibly, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech) into the "Middle Division".
Geography plays a big role in conference expansion, and a name like the "Midwestern Conference" captures the geographic location of the schools that could become a part of the future Pac-10.
5. America's Conference
In football, you always hear the term "America's Team". More often than not, this name is applied to the Dallas Cowboys.
However, in college football, the name can really be applied to one, two, or three teams, two of which are Southern Cal and Texas.
If Texas decides to join the Pac-10, the conference will have two of the three teams that could claim the title of "America's Team".
With two gigantic fan bases in one conference, along with some other very popular schools, the new super-conference could easily become "America's Conference".
USC and Texas would bring in a ridiculous amount of revenue, and with teams like Oklahoma, UCLA, Washington, and Oregon, this super-conference could potentially bring in a lot of money. And who doesn't like money?
Sounds American to me.