Big 12 AD Says Conference Must Be Ready For PAC-12 ‘Movement’ Amid Collapse Concerns

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Baylor AD Mack Rhoades thinks the Big 12 needs to be ready for chaos to break loose with the PAC-12.

George Kliavkoff and the west coast conference he oversees has been engulfed with issues amid failure to hammer out a new media deal.

A recent report claimed Washington and Oregon believe their departure to the Big Ten is inevitable, and once that happens, the PAC-12 could collapse in a very short period of time.

Rhoades wants the Big 12 to be ready.

Will the Big 12 raid the PAC-12. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Will the Big 12 offer a life raft to PAC-12 programs.

While not openly advocating for the PAC-12 to collapse, the Baylor AD does feel if there is “movement” the Big 12 has to be ready to pounce.

“I am certainly not rooting for the demise of any particular conference, but I am also looking out for what is best for Baylor and what is best for Baylor is a really really strong Big 12, and one that secures its future but not over just the next six years but beyond. There is a short gain but also a long gain for this. It is dependent on what happens among the Pac-12. There may be movement if whatever media deal they are able to strike is not satisfactory. We have to be prepared for that and I think we are if that was to happen. Again, looking out for the Big 12, how do we strengthen ourselves,” Rhoades told 365 Sports, according to 247Sports.

Baylor AD discusses potential PAC-12 collapse. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

What PAC-12 programs could be on the move?

If the PAC-12 collapses, which absolutely can’t be ruled out at this point, there are four major targets the Big 12 will immediately call:

Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah.

Those are the four obvious choices. They’re known as the “The Four Corner Schools.” It’s hard to imagine those are the programs that won’t be the first called.

Oregon and Washington, if you believe the reporting they’re bound for the Big Ten eventually. Cal and Stanford following makes sense. If you’re going to take the Ducks and Huskies, you might as well take Cal and Stanford.

Will Arizona State jump from the PAC-12 to the Big 12? (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

College football fans are truly in uncharted territory. Whatever happens could happen quickly. Once the first domino falls, anything can happen. Welcome to college sports in 2023.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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  1. I agree. I can’t ‘imagine a scenario where U of A, ASU, Utah, and Colorado stay in a PAC-12 that is really just the Mountain West instead of leaving for the Big XII. But I think this is more of a basketball move than football. 3 of those schools are legitimate basketball powers, with the 4th, ASU, being relevant every few years. As for football, Utah is the clear favorite, with the others being pretty meh.

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