Report: Big 12 in 'deep discussions' over poaching six remaining Pac-12 programs
The breakup of the Pac-12 continues.
On Tuesday, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reported that the Big 12 is involved in “deep discussions” to add multiple Pac-12 teams, with four teams specifically listed and two other teams in consideration. It was reported last week that Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, and Colorado would be targeted by the Big 12.
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The report from Dodd also mentions the possibility of the Big 12 adding Oregon and Washington to form an 18-team league. Another option: a Big 12/Pac-12 merger.
According to longtime Pac-12 columnist John Canzano, however, a “high-ranking official” at one of the four schools mentioned above said there is no meeting on the books with the Big 12 and that Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff is working well behind the scenes to try and save the league.
There’s quite a bit of angst remaining in the wake of USC and UCLA’s decision to jump from the Pac-12 and join the Big Ten. Oregon and Washington have been linked to the Big Ten ever since news broke of the L.A. departures. Questions about the Pac-12’s viability have lingered.