Pac-12 decides not to expand…for now
We aren't quite to the point of the old Southwest Conference coming back, but the era of Superconferences could be on hold -- at least for the Pac-12.
The 12-member league released a statement on Tuesday night indicating that it is happy with its current league membership. Of course, numerous reports suggested that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were considered strong candidates to jump from the Big 12 to the Pac-12, and Texas was also considered a strong possibility to join commissioner Larry Scott's league.
Below is the league's release in its entirety:
In light of the widespread speculation about potential scenarios for Conference re-alignment, the Pac-12 Presidents and Chancellors have affirmed their decision to remain a 12-team conference. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, “after careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference. While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve. With new landmark TV agreements and plans to launch our innovative television networks, we are going to focus solely on these great assets, our strong heritage and the bright future in front of us.
So, for now, conference expansion takes a slight back seat.
Until we wake up on Wednesday morning, because realignment and expansion will continue to be a hot topic in the sport. There's just too much money and too many egos involved for this issue not to go away.
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