Jedd Fisch has a football season a little over a month away to prepare for, but for the second year in a row, conference realignment and general instability within the Pac-12 is spinning up right before fall camp.

Colorado is headed to the Big 12. That means every remaining school in the Pac-12 now has to ask what’s next for them. It also means every coach is going to be hounded with questions about conference realignment. Fisch was asked about Arizona’s future on Thursday.

“That’s a question I get every day,” he said, per Justin Spears of the Arizona Daily Star. “The biggest thing for us, as I’ve said numerous times, is that Arizona is going to be fine. We have a great brand — a national brand. We have championships and successes in all of our sports. We have a basketball program that has been to numerous Final Fours and Pac-12 championships, and we have baseball and softball teams that have won multiple national championships, and we have a football team that is clearly on the rise as well as having great success in the past and produced a lot of great players.

“Arizona is going to be just fine. We’ll have to figure out what’s best for the program and the university.”

The last line is important. With the Pac-12 presumably dropping to nine schools in 2024 and an uncertain media rights situation for the time being, every remaining school will shift into a “me first” line of thinking.

Does CU have an unknown partner headed to the Big 12? That new league would be 15 schools without one. Does the league want a partner? The Wildcats have long been rumored to be a target of the Big 12.

School president Robert Robbins echoed Fisch’s sentiment when reached for comment on Wednesday.

“All I keep saying is, you know, we’re just waiting to get a deal,” Robbins said, per The Athletic’s Max Olson. “And then everybody has to evaluate the deal on its merits. I’ve been pretty steadfast in that stance.”

League commissioner George Kliavkoff told reporters at the Pac-12’s media event last Friday the league was not announcing a media deal at that time in order to keep the focus on football. When pressed on whether that meant the deal was already finalized, Kliavkoff responded awkwardly, saying that would be reading too much into what he initially said.

He also stated that the longer the league waits, the better their options get. When the wait is finally over, we’re sure to get clarity on the future viability of the league.