It was announced on Wednesday that the Big Ten and Pac 12 will create a scheduling partnership for all sports beginning as early as next season. When two major conferences are able to converge on a large scale, there is synergy that the leadership on both sides see. It also shows that egos are not getting in the way, which will be good for business. What this partnership is also doing is shutting the door on conference expansion, at least as far as the Big Ten and Pac 12 are concerned.
So what happens now? Do the Big 12 and SEC make a similar partnership? What about the ACC and gulp…the Big East? The schools that are unhappy with the Big East need to focus their attention to finding a way into the Big 12 or ACC. Holding out hope for the Big Ten is not going to happen. Lucas had more of a chance of getting some from Maggie than Rutgers has getting a call back from Jim Delany. Now Rina (Winona Ryder) aka Chuck Neinas may be willing to put out. Okay enough with the movie analogies. It’s time for schools like Rutgers and Louisville to make the sell. I already gave Rutgers some ways to leverage the Pinstripe Bowl. Louisville has a great administration so they are probably figuring out ways into either the ACC or Big 12. They are going to make sure all scenarios are on the table.
UCONN needs to figure out the Boston College conundrum in order to secure a spot in the ACC. That move would make the most sense, but BC has been difficult. There aren’t too many people outside of the Big East offices who actually believe the new schools are good for the existing members. The basketball only members aren’t too pleased either. As wacky as the Big 12 has been the past 18 months, they still are more viable than the Big East. As strange as a membership into the Big 12 may be for Rutgers, it still would be worth their while to get an invitation. The existing Big East football members are not in a position of power. They have to create a compelling argument in order for the ACC or the Big 12 to open their doors. Otherwise they have to live with being in whatever strange conference they are currently in.