I’ll Go Ahead and Stick My Neck Out…

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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volunteerTrojan
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volunteerTrojan (@volunteertrojan)
July 27, 2021 3:29 pm

I listened to GK’s interview in the car this morning. The points he made that excite me were: He was surprised there was no action plan in place to make P12 football competitive nationally with a specific goal of getting teams into the tournament and winning NCs like there was for P12 basketball, and that is now a top priority. The existing division arrangement needs to be looked at so you don’t have a repeat of last years conference title game that did not feature the two teams with the best records, and a mechanism needs to exist, regardless of… Read more »

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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
July 27, 2021 5:20 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Did he mention control over coaches? What you describe requires elite coaches at SC, UCLA and UW. The specific mentioning of junking league parity is very hopeful. After the brutal last few years at SC, I remain a skeptic.

Golden Trojan
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Golden Trojan (@golden-trojan)
July 28, 2021 4:57 am
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Whoa, Whoa Whoa! Conference parity was actually a goal?! What idiots were running this organization. Just give everybody a participation/good sport trophy and go home! Wow.

TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
July 28, 2021 6:14 am
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Golden, I missed that one. You are correct. What idiot thought all PAC teams going 5-5 in conference was a goal? No wonder there was no plan for the PAC to place teams in the CFC series. The plan evidently was to make the PAC totally irrelevant nationally and destroy the value of its media rights. Unbelievable! Thanks for the observation.

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RialtoTrojan (@rialtotrojan)
July 27, 2021 12:29 pm

As long as we are sticking necks out, I see a super conference in the future. As the gamma variant sweeps the country and the government is working on a stronger vaccine, 24 teams will form a bicoastal mega conference. There will be four divisions with six teams each. The conference will be called the Superior Economic Conference. Nobody will cry foul because the formation will decimate the SEC as we know it today. USC will join and be the “Arizona-WSU” of the league (due to Helton’s lifetime contract extension) The season after Helton’s drowning in knee deep ocean waters,… Read more »

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Golden Trojan (@golden-trojan)
July 28, 2021 4:50 am
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“help us OTCH, you are our only hope!” – Princess Folt.

ATL D.D.S.
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ATL D.D.S. (@atl-d-d-s)
July 27, 2021 2:02 pm
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Oy vey! Even if this scenario is fantasy, RT, it still causes nausea for me….

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
July 27, 2021 11:41 am

Money will drive the bus on this. I can easily see that we leave to join a football only super conference.

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July 27, 2021 3:12 pm
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Here’s my stab at it using your 24 team field.

South- Alabama, Florida, Florida St, Miami, Georgia, LSU

East- Clemson, Penn St, Auburn, Tennessee, V Tech, W Virginia

North- Michigan, Wisconsin, Norte Dame, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio St

West- USC, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas AM

I think 32 is magic number, but it would be fun every week. 5 conference games and 7 OOC games each year. I’m in 100%

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July 27, 2021 6:45 pm
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I know it’s not happening, but I would love to see USC leave. The rest of the conference wanted them knocked down, it would be great to see how well they manage without them.

ATL D.D.S.
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July 27, 2021 2:05 pm
Reply to  Chris

With folt at the helm? No way, Jose (er, Chris). Football is already too male, too demanding of excellence for our little mao president.