The Large Ten, ACC and Pac-12 are actively engaged in discussions about forming a scheduling alliance, sources near the conversations inform CBS Sports activities’ Dennis Dodd. The Athletic’s Max Olson first reported these discussions Friday.
Such an alliance, more likely to be primarily centered on college football scheduling, can be an effort by the three Energy 5 conferences to counter the just lately expanded SEC that’s rising in energy and affect throughout collegiate athletics. This comes on the heels of the SEC formally accepting Texas and Oklahoma as its latest convention members. The Longhorns and Sooners will start SEC play in 2025.
An alliance between the Large Ten, ACC and Pac-12 may enable the conferences to create attention-grabbing matchups between their largest brand-name groups in an effort to compete with the SEC’s tv stock and notoriety. It may additionally strengthen their particular person standings in school sports activities’ ever-changing panorama and doubtlessly stiff-arm different conferences from poaching their prime groups.
“I am unable to touch upon something in that report. Now we have no further data to share,” Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff informed Dodd on Friday. “… I have been in frequent and common contact with all of the [Autonomy Five] commissioners the previous few weeks in regards to the 4 or 5 complicated points we’re dealing with as an business.”
With the Large 12’s prime two packages becoming a member of the SEC and this potential alliance together with three of the remaining 4 energy conferences, the Large 12 may discover itself in notably dire straits.
Large 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby met with Kliavkoff earlier in August to debate a scheduling alliance or potential merger. Nevertheless, Olson reviews these discussions had been extra “introductory and exploratory.”
How an alliance between the Large Ten, ACC and Pac-12 would possibly work stays a thriller, however as a trio, they may work collectively to fight the SEC’s energy, which has solely grown since including Texas and Oklahoma to what is going to quickly be a 16-team superconference.
In response to that transfer, a number of high-level directors have complained about what they deem a aggressive imbalance seized by the SEC when it comes to entry to the School Soccer Playoff, sources inform Dodd. Prime CFP brass are scheduled to fulfill on Sept. 28 in Dallas to debate the following step in a proposed growth of the playoff to 12 groups.
Kliavkoff informed CBS Sports activities that playoff growth must, at the least, be reconsidered given the SEC’s growth. He has been “supported by [at least] three different Energy 5 convention commissioners and a number of the strongest school directors within the nation,” sources informed Dodd final month.
Whereas there is not any formal settlement between the Large Ten, ACC and Pac-12 presently, however The Athletic reviews that each one three of the convention’s commissioners have been discussing the likelihood for “a number of weeks” with working collectively a “doubtless consequence.”
Effervescent beneath the floor of such a transfer is strain mounting on all three league leaders — two of whom are within the first yr on their jobs — to strengthen their particular person conferences in an effort to fight the SEC’s energy transfer this summer season. This whereas the Large 12 remains to be making an attempt to determine the place its future lies.