The Purple Trojan

June 15, 2010 10:42 PM

What's Up With That College Football Expansion?

During the past few weeks--if you have watched ESPN--you would have noticed some talk about college football and possibilities of conference expansion. 


To be perfectly honest, I wasn't even sure with what was actually happening. 


But the past week has created shock waves in the college football world. With many conference T.V. deals expiring in the upcoming years--and many conferences upset with decision-making--a lot of teams were eager to look for other alternatives. 


The foundation of the entire shake-up: The Big 12 Conference




There were reports from nearly every main sports network that the Big 12 was about to dissolve, sending each of its members to newer conferences. 


Nebraska was the first to jump ship, officially joining theBig Ten last Friday, which coincidently now has 12 teams. 


Colorado was the second, venturing over to the Pac-10 last week. 



ESPN's Joe Schad was then reporting all weekend that 5 teams from the Big 12 would be joining the Pac-10.


A move he believed to be imminent. 


Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M all believed to be very close to merging with the Pac-10, all being dependent on Texas' decision. 


Texas, who was expected to join the Pac-10 Monday morning, got interesting news that afternoon. With a new T.V. deal for the conference, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said Texas could make $20-25 million per year in T.V. revenue, $5-10 million more than any other team in the conference. 




Momentum then started to shift to the Big 12. 


After Texas officially declined Pac-10's invitation, the other major schools followed suit. And the Big 12 (with 10 teams) was officially saved. 


Other conference news includes national Cinderella team Boise Stateleaving the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) for the Mountain West Conference.




The current ongoing struggle is now with the University of Utah. There have been many rumors of the Pac-10 sending them an invitation to become the 12th member of the conference. But, also reports of the Pac-10 commissioner, Larry Scottdenying reports of the conference sending Utah an invitation. 


To put it in simple terms, check this out: 


Leaving Big 12:




Leaving Mountain West: 

Utah (pending)


Leaving WAC:

Boise State


Entering Big Ten:



Entering Pac-10:


Utah (pending) 


Entering Mountain West:

Boise State


The rest of the teams in college football are staying put, as of now. We will see if anything else comes out. Don't get your hopes up, though. This may be it for now. 


The changes will take place either in the offseason of 2011 or 2012, depending on current conference regulations. 

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