Allen Wallace (TDB) — After listening thoroughly to the beginning of Pac-12 Media Days, I don’t get the impression there will be any Pac-12 expansion, or defections, in the immediate future.
It seems to me like the Pac-12 is very hunkered down, will try in every way to improve the individual Pac-12 programs, but heavily likes the fact that the Pac-12 is the only Power 5 conference with teams in the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones. This seems very significant to new commish George Kliavkoff, who also sees “no risk whatsoever” in staying at 12 teams.
It would take an earthquake to remake the composition of the Pac-12 now, or soon, based on what I heard today.
Sure, if Michigan and Texas called and wanted in, I think they could come immediately because of pure revenue and brand guarantees.
But there clearly is a “big bar” to get in, as admitted to, and emphasized by, Kliavkoff (despite his dislike of the label) for purposes of his generalized answers today.
Texas Tech is interested in getting into the Pac-12 per reports. Based on what I heard today, the Pac-12 would say no to that.
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