As a lot of a jaw-dropping, world-stopping shock the UCLA/USC-Huge Ten transfer was, I type of miss the time earlier than final week after we weren’t always ready with bated breath to listen to which college would transfer to which convention subsequent. All of it strikes a lot slower when you already know it’s coming. So whereas we await the subsequent transfer on this nationwide chess match, let’s take a look at what could be coming subsequent for the NCAA.
The Pac-12 is extraordinarily precarious for the time being — the convention, a minimum of, if not the faculties inside the convention. As we race towards a two-conference conclusion, Phil Knight reportedly desires Oregon to hitch USC and UCLA within the Huge Ten, which might develop the convention to the Pacific Northwest and, with out the addition of Washington or Oregon State, would put the Geese on an island and not using a convention opponent inside 800 miles of Eugene.
Oregon’s governor could pressure Oregon to tie itself to Oregon State in any transfer they make (however Moooom, he can by no means sustain with us!), which may throw a wrench into any offers they’re . In the meantime, the convention powers that be within the Pac-12 have created a free partnership with the ACC that sounds a complete lot just like the outdated “Alliance,” and everyone knows how effectively that turned out.
Principally, they’re greedy at straws and attempting to maintain one another off their very own backs as they search for a solution to the ever-growing Huge Ten and SEC. The ACC and Pac-12 danger turning into second-tier conferences, someplace between the Energy 2 or three and the Group of 5, except they determine one thing out fast.
Nonetheless, on the school-by-school degree, there are many rumors that Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington are in talks with the Huge 12, who’re making a powerful recruiting push only one week after instating a brand new commissioner. If these talks undergo, the Huge 12, with its latest additions, would type a 3rd superconference that might legitimately compete with the Huge Ten and the SEC, given its regional attract recruiting and its main media markets with these additions.
Cal, Stanford, and Washington State would be left behind if both these scenarios fell into place — a conference-less Pac-3. A whole lot of really smart kids, but nobody wants to play with them. Have you ever heard anything sadder?
All the scrambling and partnerships in the world won’t save the Pac-12 at this point — not with Phil Knight going against them and no Los Angeles market left. They may have to accept their fate come 2024 and fold. And as the West Coast fights it out, Notre Dame is still keeping the CFB world in the dark. Their next move will be a watershed moment in the sport, should they choose to make one, but try as everyone might, we just can’t guess where AD Jack Swarbrick’s head is at.
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