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Will Oregon Participate in USC, UCLA in Big Ten Conference?

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Oregon could be the next school to move to the greener pastures of the Big Ten.

Oregon could be the next school to move to the greener pastures of the Big Ten.
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The UCLA/USC-Big Ten move was an overwhelming, earth-shattering shock, but I kind of miss last week’s time when we weren’t constantly waiting with bated breath to hear which school was moving to which conference The next . It all slows down so much when you know it’s coming. So while we wait for the next move in this nationwide chess game, let’s take a look at what the NCAA might be next.

The Pac-12 is extremely precarious right now – the conference, at least if not the schools within the conference. As we run to a conclusion of two conferences, Phil Knight Reportedly wants Oregon to join USC and UCLA in the Big Ten, which would expand the conference to the Pacific Northwest and, without the addition of Washington or Oregon State, place the Ducks on an island with no conference opponent within 800 miles from Eugene.

Oregon’s governor can force Oregon to commit to the state of Oregon with every move they make (but Moooom, he can never keep up with us!), which could be a key in all the deals they’re looking at. Meanwhile, the Pac-12’s conference powers have established a loose partnership with the ACC that is very much like the old “Alliance,” and we all know how well that turned out.

Basically, they grab straws and try to keep each other off their backs as they search for an answer to the ever-expanding Big Ten and SEC. The ACC and Pac-12 risk becoming second-rate conferences, somewhere between the Power 2 or 3 and the Group of 5, unless they come up with something quickly.

At the school level, however, there are many rumors that Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington are in talks with the Big 12, which is only a week after appointing a new commissioner. If these discussions continue, the Big 12, with its recent additions, would constitute a third superconference that could legitimately compete with the Big Ten and the SEC given its regional appeal in recruiting and its major media markets with these additions.

Cal, Stanford and Washington State would be left behind if both scenarios fell into place – a conference-less Pac-3. A lot of really smart kids, but nobody wants to play with them. Have you ever heard anything sadder?

All the scrambling and partnerships in the world won’t save the Pac-12 right now – not with Phil Knight going against them and there’s no market left in Los Angeles. Maybe they should accept and fold their fate in 2024. And as the West Coast battles it out, Notre Dame still keeps the CFB world in the dark. Their next move will be a turning point in the sport should they choose to make one, but as anyone would try, we just can’t guess where AD Jack Swarbrick’s head is.

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