President Ray said, "The Pac-12 essentially had three criteria when it
considered expansion: All schools would have to remain on equal footing, it
would have to make financial sense, and it could not diminish the conference's
academic brand." I am so proud that the University of Utah was
held to these standards, passed the test, and is now a member of the PAC-12!Go Utes. This Saturday - we're serving dog.
This is why if the Big XII wants to remain a BCS conference, it'd better expand
to at least 12 immediately (not in 3-5 years), and maybe even 14, or it'll again
be a target of the Pac-12 when 16-team superconferences occur.If the
Big XII were to stablize, and the Big East become defunct, 16-team
superconferences might not happen; instead, 14-team superconferences could.
Which would allow all current BCS schools to retain their standing, while
promoting a few deserving mid-majors. (It'd take 70 teams to do five 14-team
conferences, and there are currently 67-68 BCS teams.)The Utes
better enjoy playing the coastal teams before any superconference stuff happens.
Glad to see the Pac-12 stand at 12. I think superconferences are the dream of
the media, and not the way that conferences really want to go. Still, very odd
that the SEC formalized accepting Texas A&M. Maybe they are ready to cut
I would like to see a break down of the financials that were eluded to as
"money being left on the table". As I look at the PAC 12 I can see
both AZ schools not wanting to play in a division with the Tx, Ok, Co, and Utah
schools and missing the CA schools voting against their entry, and likewise for
Co. and Utah. The kicker comes when Cal and Stanford are against it for
academics and USC, Oregon, and UCLA for revenue sharing. (ie. the LHN) By my
count six to nine potential votes against this expansion. If this was the
feeling, then no need to take a vote at all. Hence the PAC 12 statement.
The PAC 12 needs to settle for a few years so the true programs can again rise
to the top, some schools can get past penalties and sanctions for committing
NCAA violations, and the true bottom-feeders appear. And yes, in a 12-team
league, there will be bottom feeders. (Possibly two of them have campuses at
high altitudes, not close to sea level.)