Stories have surfaced that the Pac-10 has invited 6 teams from the Big-12 to join their conference. While the conference has talked about possible expansion for a few months now this news kind of came out of nowhere. This may be a ploy to take away from the attention that USC will get when it receives it’s sanctions tomorrow. If the teams did move over the conference would be broken up into two different divisions like this:
- Pac-10 Coastal: Washington, WSU, Oregon, OSU, Cal, Stanford, USC and UCLA.
- Pac-10 Mountain (or whatever you want to call it): Arizona, ASU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Colorado.
Needless to say, this would make the quality of the concert much higher. It would rival the SEC in all athletics and would probably become the best academic major conference. There would also be a lot more money to go around. It’s for these reasons that I’m all for this. The higher the quality of the conference the more fun it is, in my opinion.
Do I think it will happen? No, not really. I want it to happen but this rumor seems a little out there and would throw college athletics into a whirlwind. Maybe it’ll happen, maybe not, but either way it’s a fun and smart idea by the Pac-10. Definitely worth a try.
In other news, the Husky football team picked up their 12th verbal commit for the 2011 class. Yes, this number is crazy high for it only being June. Todays commit was Josh Perkins, a receiver from California. Look for a post about the 12 commits within the next week. Things are off to a great start for this recruiting class. It’s a good time to be a Dawg!
Edit: I also forgot to mention the exciting night we have ahead of ourselves. Hooch, Danielle and the rest of the Husky softball team plays tonight along with Felix Day and the start of the NBA Finals (Go Kobe!). Should be a fun night.
2 responses to “A Pac-16?”
I am all for expansion because it’s 2010 and the Pac-10 needs to get with the program and start doubling and tripling their revenue. I think the only way this gets done is if they do expand and at the same time, scrap the current TV deal, get ESPN on the phone, and work out an exclusive TV package so each week there are at least two primetime Pac-10(6) games on somewhere within the ESPN family of networks. ESPN would do it because the west is a huge market, and the schools would do it because it would mean a massive jump in revenues.
All this bickering about a Husky Stadium remodel? Get the TV deal done and it won’t be an issue, they can build whatever they want with all that cash.
This would be pretty crazy. I’m not really sure how I feel about it. If they Big 12 is going to disband, in effect, you obviously have to get in on it, and this would give the Pac-10 (16) the best conference in the country, except for possibly the SEC. I’m betting it doesn’t happen, but definitely interesting. I like this a lot better than adding Colorado and Utah.