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An alliance between the Pac-12, ACC and Big Ten is reportedly in final stages and slated for announcement next week, according to breaking news released on Friday by The Athletic.
The near-finalized agreement to unite the three conferences, in terms of scheduling and “broader cooperation going forward,” was announced just a week after college football reporter Max Olson reported on developments happening behind the scenes.
Nicole Auerbach broke news of the official alignment with the following:
“The Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC are expected to make a formal announcement about their alignment soon, perhaps as early as next week …”
Rumored meetings that took place in Chicago between commissioners George Kliavkoff (Pac-12), Kevin Warren (Big Ten) and Jim Phillips (ACC), along with some discussions among their athletic directors, had been culminating into a proposed counter-play to the SEC’s expansion in star power — and bump in revenue — after elevating itself to super-conference status by taking on Oklahoma and Texas.
Ultimately, the decision made on behalf of presidents from all three unifying conferences hopes that established connections — namely the Big Ten and Pac-12 — and a new paradigm for the college football landscape can keep the programs afloat once the SEC reaches its full potential in 2025 … or much Sooner.
The conversation around an expanded CFB playoff picture, seemingly on the horizon, will be an intriguing storyline going forward — considering the ACC’s past trepidations with the 12-team move.
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