Pac-12 commish open to listening to expansion inquiries

The Pac-twelve is not searching to grow. But it truly is also not stating no to the notion of growth possibly.

Contemplate new commissioner George Kliavkoff open to sales pitches. The commissioner is in his initial months on the position immediately after changing Larry Scott and advised the San Jose Mercury News in the wake of reports that Texas and Oklahoma could be becoming a member of the SEC that his meeting would be eager to pay attention to faculties that termed it about becoming a member of. 

From the Mercury News:

“I look at the Pac-twelve an exclusive club with a high barrier to entry,’’ Kliavkoff reported Thursday when requested about a Houston Chronicle report indicating that Massive twelve anchors Texas and Oklahoma are fascinated in becoming a member of the SEC.

“I love the faculties and the groups we have today. We are not actively seeking to poach any groups from any conferences. But we’d be foolish not to pay attention if faculties call us.”

Kliavkoff’s interview with the paper touches on all the significant themes that have bubbled up in faculty football this previous calendar year from athletes staying equipped to make sponsor and endorsement cash, the very likely impending growth of the University Football Playoff and the reincarnated discussion about meeting tv and media legal rights agreements.

Who would in shape in the Pac-twelve?

The Massive twelve is the only Electricity Five meeting with fewer groups than the Pac-twelve. If the Massive twelve is on the verge of dissolution — or Electricity Five irrelevance — with the achievable departures of Oklahoma and Texas, then the Pac-twelve will be the smallest power meeting in the nation. A achievable growth is a tantalizing notion even if the other 8 Massive twelve groups are keeping out the community hope that the meeting can keep alongside one another. 

There aren’t any Massive twelve groups that in shape geographically with the Pac-twelve, on the other hand. All but a single Massive twelve group is located in the Central Time Zone and just about every group is east of the Rocky Mountains. Colorado is currently the furthest east Pac-twelve faculty. 

Texas and Oklahoma do not really in shape in the SEC footprint possibly, but they aren’t that a lot of a stretch given that Texas A&M and Missouri are now in the meeting also. It really is less complicated to see each of them in the SEC than it is to see any of the other recent Massive twelve faculties in the Pac-twelve.

Under no circumstances say in no way to meeting realignment, on the other hand. We’ve learned that this week. And meeting names really do not mean a lot any longer in any case. Soon after all, we are dwelling in a planet the place the Massive twelve has 10 groups and the Massive 10 has fourteen groups. Is it really heading to be that a lot additional of a crack with custom if groups in the midwest are in the Pac-twelve?

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