McLaughlin: The Latest Conference Realignment Speculation

Four Pac-12 teams are reportedly being evaluated as targets for additional Big Ten expansion

Posted on July 29, 2022

  By Spencer McLaughlin of Locked on Pac-12 for SuperWest Sports


The talk of conference realignment surrounding Pac-12 schools seems never-ending and is capable of changing very quickly.

The latest speculative report comes from CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, who wrote an article saying that the Big 10 is EVALUATING, not actively targeting, 4 Pac-12 schools to add to the Big 10 in the future in addition to USC and UCLA.

What would those four schools—Stanford, Cal, Oregon, and Washington—bring to the table as a “west coast expansion” pod to the Big Ten?

In today’s episode of Locked On Pac-12, I discuss what this future move could look like and why if offers did actually come down from the Big 10, each school would immediately accept.

The financial considerations for the Big Ten could lead to them offering less money to each Pac-12 school than they would pay out in their new media rights deal to their current member institutions, but that would be unlikely to stop those schools from accepting a potential offer to join the Big Ten.

I also answer a question from a Colorado fan regarding the coaching stability (or lack thereof?) of the Buffaloes’ HC Karl Dorrell.

A strong 2020 (half) season made their 4-8 record more disappointing in 2021, and now they’ve revamped their assistant coaching staff.

He may not be facing the sort of pressure some might expect unless the 2022 season is a complete and utter disaster.

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