Earlier this offseason, the SEC added two huge programs to its portfolio in Oklahoma and Texas. It was a move that will most likely change the landscape of college football. Now, it appears other major conferences want to shake things up.
Rittenberg said there’s plenty of work that needs to be done, but all three commissioners met to discuss this potential move.
“Commissioners George Kliavkoff (Pac-12), Kevin Warren (Big Ten) and Jim Phillips (ACC) have been in regular communication, and have also had some in-person discussions,” Rittenberg wrote, via ESPN. “Kliavkoff and Warren were together this week for Rose Bowl meetings. Pac-12 sources said all three commissioners met last week in Chicago.”
Kliavkoff briefly spoke to ESPN about his conversations with other commissioners.
“I’ve been in frequent and regular contact with all of the other A5 commissioners the last few weeks about the four or five complex issues that are facing our industry,” Kliavkoff told ESPN. “Anything beyond that is just speculation, and I can’t comment on it.”
Can confirm report from @max_olson that Pac-12, ACC, Big Ten have engaged in preliminary talks about an alliance, likely centered on scheduling. Sources say still plenty to work out, but there have been several in-person meetings in recent weeks.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 14, 2021
It’s interesting that the Big 12 hasn’t been part of these conversations. After losing Texas and Oklahoma, one would think the conference would want to bolster its schedule.
Nonetheless, it seems like we’re destined to see other conferences form alliances in the future.
With a College Football Playoff meeting set for late September, it’s fair to wonder if alignments will be discussed then.