Power 5? A Mighty 2 may soon be dominated by college sports
So reform has become an accepted sport in all conference offices.
The Big 12 has gone on to add schools such as Cincinnati and Central Florida. Many, many around the ACC, the only Power 5 conference whose membership has been unaffected by this round of restructuring, are expected to lead to renegotiation of a television deal that is not set to expire until 2036.
The Pac-12 is posing as a brave face as can be mustered when blind. On Thursday, the league declared itself “extremely surprised and disappointed” — even though conference officials had been concerned for years about the prospect of an exit from USC — and on Friday, it said it would “explore all expansion options”. “
“The 10 University Presidents and Chancellors are committed to a shared mission of academic and athletic excellence on behalf of our student-athletes,” the league said.
The remaining 10 schools are Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Utah, Washington, and Washington State. Some of them, however, will have awards for other leagues because of their location in major media markets or their athletic reputation. And in college sports, pledges of allegiance, whether from prospects, coaches or universities, are often temporary, especially when promises of big money or threats of irrelevance are involved.
The SEC has been publicly quiet since USC and UCLA jumped to the Big Ten, a process that some officials said unfolded faster than they expected. Smith, although a representative of just one of the 14 current Big Ten schools, said he did not expect the league to move on to more members, although he acknowledged that “you will have to listen” if Notre Dame, his alma mater, calls. .
“You’re always trying to be open, but nothing happens to me in the near future,” said Smith, who previously oversaw athletics at Arizona State. “I just don’t see why we would expand beyond 16.”