Report: Remaining Pac-12 ADs confident they’ll stick together
As speculation swirls about what’s coming next for the Pac-12, a handful of athletic directors recently expressed confidence to Pac-12 insider John Canzano that what is actually coming next is a lot less dramatic than what some might think.
The 10 remaining athletic directors are confident they’ll stick together, according to Canzano. From his reporting:
The talk about the Big 12 Conference poaching Arizona, ASU, Utah and Colorado is dramatically overstated. I don’t blame the Big 12 for angling and dreaming about possibly adding a Pac-12 university. I don’t blame conference universities for making a contingency plan. But I’m convinced that the Pac-12’s remaining 10 members are galvanized right now.
Canzano asked one unnamed athletic director how confident he was the league would not splinter further. “Confident,” the AD replied. A second AD, per Canzano, said he felt “very confident” and that “we have good options.”
In recent days, we’ve seen reports that Oregon and Washington are unlikely options for the Big Ten going forward. The Huskies and Ducks would reportedly like to get to the Big Ten, but the league is focused on Notre Dame. ESPN’s Pete Thamel also reported that a potential Pac-12/ACC partnership is unlikely.
With the Pac-12 moving into the formal negotiating phase for its next media rights deal and George Kliavkoff looking at various expansion options, things are likely to slow down a bit on the conference realignment carousel.
Even if the Ducks and Huskies would prefer to land in the Big Ten—read: not be left out—it seems like the remaining Pac-12 schools are letting Kliavkoff work to present options for the conference going forward.