A blog reader asked me my take on the Pac-16 expansion plans. I’ve been following it as things change hour-to-hour and have commented on twitter.com/cliffgt.
My first thoughts are I’m not a fan of big super conferences, but it’s going to happen so we better deal with it. I like smaller conferences with bowl tie-ins. I’m old-school that way.
All the reasons for expansion of more money with TV contracts from bigger TV markets, conference title games and so on are valid. Schools are looking to improve the big business they are in.
Football teams have to pay the bills of entire athletic departments. OSU AD Bob De Carolis is banking on the new TV contract to pay off the $4 million deficit.
As for who should be in or out, basically how the dominoes fall, we’ll have to see how it shakes out. I hope the Pac-16 adds Colorado for the Denver market and Texas, since the Longhorns are the premier program in that state.
After that it doesn’t matter. There are arguments for all the other teams.
Conference matchups will be more interesting. After playing teams in your eight-team division there will be at least two games from the other division.
Then the problem will be finding enough cream puffs, like the SEC does, to fill out the schedule. There are not enough of those on the West Coast.
As for the other sports, particularly basketball and baseball, competition should be interesting. Expenses, however, will escalate due to travel.
And yes, a football playoff could be in the future with all these big conferences.
So basically, I feel it’s time to jump in and don’t look back. Hell might be starting to freeze over.
Also, here’s an AP video look at Colorado moving to the Pac-10.