ESPN reports are showing that is is official for Pitt and Syracuse joining the ACC, and there is speculation the ACC is going to finalize its destruction of the Big East and snag UConn and Rutgers soon.
Reading around various blogs, newspapers, sports sites etc... There seems to be some hesitation on expansion to the new PAC-12. I am in the evolution camp and want to see action as soon as possible to add members to our conference.
First the obvious reason is we need to act to get the best teams out there. I believe the SEC and ACC will be at 16 by next football season. I think BIG 10 will reluctantly follow suit in the next 2-3 years as well. The Oklahoma/Texas combo is the best addition for us. We can not afford to wait and chance that premier football schools like these will be snagged. As much as I'd like to add sfor basketball, there football program looks to be in worse hands then ours right now. We need to get the best four schools we can get, time is important.
Football is king, we all know it is driving the bus on the comings and goings in the conferences. While we are the conference of champions, football is a sport we could use more national programs in. Oklahoma and/or Texas give a better standing as a league in the top sport. Travel costs for non-revenue sports should be paid for by the mega television deals our mega conference will continue to score.
My personal favorite is the possible return to PAC-8 as a subdivision. I have some bias as a part of Bruin Nation now residing in the Pacific Northwest. I want to take my family to more games, no trip up here this year for the Bruins. My two year old needs to see them live, right now he has "root for the blue team" and to say fight, fight, fight, when I show him the four letters. But it is in the best interest for the school as well. Travel costs would be down in this format allowing money to go elsewhere. We would be playing the schools we carry the most tradition with on a yearly basis.
We as a school along with the other California schools need to flex our muscle and stop any talk of a zipper or four pods that continues to go around to appease the not Pacific Coast schools in the conference. This is going to be a huge point of contention for Arizona schools and our newer six. We need to make sure that this issue is non-negotiable. Not to mention we do not want to go the ACC route of splitting division where only a few people know which team is in which side. Geography helps the conference identity.
I am anxious to see the cards fall and see if we land the bigger fish and do it on our terms.