The plot keeps getting thicker, doesn’t it? Just over a month ago, big news broke that USC and UCLA plan to leave the Pac-12 for greener, snowier pastures in the Big Ten before the 2024 football season.
Since then, there have been rumors, predictions and further speculation that other projects might jump ship and seek to join the Big Ten or the SEC just last year.
One of the teams that is often mentioned is the Oregon Ducks, and it now appears that there is some traction, at least initially, in the Ducks’ desire to explore the Big Ten.
According to a report by Brett McMurphy of Action Network Headquarters, sources say Oregon has “started preliminary discussions” with the Big Ten to determine “compatibility.” .
The move would make sense if the Big Ten remains open to options for further expansion, as league commissioner Kevin Warren said. This also follows further reports that the conference could target Oregon as well as the University of Notre Dame and other Pac-12 schools, Washington, Stanford and California.
The Ducks have turned themselves into a solid project over the past few decades, attracting more attention. All the Nike money from Phil Knight, a new market in the Pacific Northwest, scores in multiple sports, and the fact that the school is an AAU member checks many boxes that the Big Ten will be interested in.
We’ll see if this has further results, but from what we’ve seen over the last few years, where there’s smoke, we’re usually seeing fires start produce.
Top 10 expansions? An FBS school that is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).
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