The consequences of ‘s decision USC and UCLA to leave their respective storied histories with the Pac-12 for the greener cow pastures of the Big Ten country continues to be seen as the rest of the conference scramble to secure their own stability in the changing landscape of collegiate athletics. While the Pac-12’s remaining membership company line has expressed a desire to stick together after USC and UCLA’s 2024 departures, right now it seems like each school is for itself.
Immediately after the USC and UCLA news, the focus in the conference for many was on Oregon and Washington, two schools that many believe could easily follow the Trojans and Bruins to the Big Ten if the Big Ten sent an invite. But staying in the Pac-12 South, it looks like there’s been some rumblings about the Arizona Wildcats.
According to a report by Jason Scheer of 247Sports, Arizona could meet with officials from the Big 12 as early as this week to investigate a potential move to the Big 12. And that’s not all. Three other Pac-12 schools could consider a move to the Big 12.
Four schools that would make sense in the Pac-12’s Big 12 are Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, and Colorado, a school that left the Big 12 for the Pac-10 when the conference expanded to 12 members. You might call that a bit of an awkward situation for Colorado, but it seems to make the most sense as long as the Big Ten doesn’t come calling first. It would also be a complete twist on the conference reshuffle storylines as it was once reported that the Pac-12 was about to add four Big 12 teams in the latest monster round of conference reshuffle changes. .
Conference rescheduling news and reports rarely come out, so sometimes it might be best to wait and see how things go before you get too carried away. But if those four schools work their way out of a crumbling Pac-12 and join the Big 12, the path to the Big Ten, Oregon and Washington cherry pickers, is more likely to move relatively quickly.
It still feels unlikely that the big ten is really done with its expansion efforts with just USC and UCLA at this point. Maybe the conference is waiting for a call from Notre Dame, or maybe the Big Ten wants to let a little more time pass before kicking reshuffle dust on their boots. Anyway, Big Ten fans will pay close attention to the stories coming out of the Pac-12 and Big 12, as those two conferences may need each other now more than ever.
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