Report: No other Pac-12 schools leaving for Big Ten ‘at this time’
Oregon, Washington, Stanford, and the rest of the Pac-12 remains intact.
According to The LA Times’ Ryan Kartje, no other Pac-12 team has plans in place to leave the league for the Big Ten. USC and UCLA will be taking their ball to the Midwest on their own… for now.
Multiple sources tell @latimes that no other Pac-12 members are expected to be added to the Big Ten at this time.
Oregon, Washington, Stanford, etc. will not be following USC and UCLA.
— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) July 1, 2022
“At this time” is the phrase to keep in mind there. With conference realignment talk, things change in no time at all. Thursday afternoon was the perfect example of that.
Oregon and Washington specifically figure to have a number of suitors as other leagues do their due diligence. The Ducks bring recent success, a national brand, strong fan support, and a relationship with local small business, Nike—all of which could prove beneficial to the Big Ten or the SEC.
Washington is another strong brand and institution. Access to the Seattle TV market could also move the needle for another conference.
Specifically for the Big Ten, it could look to add several other West Coast teams so as to not have such a massive gap in its footprint between the central and western parts of the conference.
But, if the bunch remains committed to the Pac-12, it could allow the league to try and find replacements in the same way the Big 12 did once it was revealed Texas and Oklahoma planned to leave. That league, rather than falling apart, was able to add UCF, BYU, Houston, and Cincinnati. According to a report from The Action Network’s Brett McMurphy, the Big 12 will look to add a number of Pac-12 programs.