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This according to Action Network’s Brett McMurphy, the University of Washington, currently a member of the Pac-12, has had “preliminary discussions” with the Big Ten about a possible entry into the conference.
“Sources say these meetings did not involve college presidents or Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren,” McMurphy wrote. “The meeting was conducted with attorneys and consultants representing the school and the Big Ten to determine the school’s compatibility with the league, sources said.”
McMurphy reported last week that Oregon, also in the Pac-12, had begun preliminary discussions in Chicago to join the Big Ten.
The conference has added USC and UCLA, which will join the conference in 2024. McMurphy reported last month that the Big Ten is also targeting Stanford and California for expansion.
Adding more teams to the top 10 conference will allow it to compete with the ever-expanding SEC, the SEC Will join Texas and Oklahoma by 2025.
The Pac-12 has been reduced to just 10 schools and the conference is looking to increase the team. On July 1, the Assembly Council announced that it had authorized the search for an extension school.
In addition, the ACC has proposed “CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reported in July that with Pac- 12 Formed a loose partnership to “increase the value of their current media rights contracts.” The partnership could include an end-of-season championship game between the two conferences in Las Vegas. “Sources indicate that the proposal was seen as a ‘quantitative force’ move,” Dodd wrote. “While the ACC and Pac- The 12’s 24-portfolio team has little of the clout of the SEC and Big Ten’s 32-item portfolio, but it will help address the growing financial gap between these emerging superconferences and everyone else. “
That said, it’s hard to imagine the Big 12, ACC or Pac-12 going to rival the likes of the SEC and Big Ten in the future , especially with the departure of the subtitle program.