In a surprise move, the Pac-12 announced last week that MGM Resorts executive George Kliavkoff would be the new commissioner of the Power Five conference. With the way the Pac-12 has been trending in recent years, a new commissioner is welcome and necessary change.
In his introductory press conference, Kliavkoff hit the ground running and offered several ideas for improving the conference profile. He discussed several controversies such as playoff expansion, legalized sports betting and Pac-12 relations with Las Vegas, all of which Pete Fiutak with College Football News has broken down nicely.
Though those topics are interesting, but his tidbit about expanding the Pac-12 is particularly noteworthy.
Fiutak recently gave a list of possible schools that would fit in well with the Pac-12 vision, including BYU and Oklahoma State. The most shocking team on his list, though, is Oklahoma:
As great at Oklahoma has been sports-wise in the Big 12, the league is still owned by Texas. That’s the anchor tenant.
It might be USC’s Pac-12, but Oklahoma would be something different thanks to the geography and style. All of a sudden, the school would take on a new profile, the region would would have a different sports look, and the Pac-12 would love, love, LOVE to have a football program this big in the central time zone.
As the article states, the Sooners almost bolted to the Pac-12 back in 2011. However, this is a much different time, and while Texas is still considered the face of the Big 12, Oklahoma has dominated that conference since 2015.
The Sooners have won six straight Big 12 titles and made four appearances in the College Football Playoff. Their arrival in the Pac-12 would help the perception of that league, which hasn’t been in the Playoff since 2016.
That’s a pretty tough sell. What do you think? Which school should the Pac-12 pursue?
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