More Details Emerge On Oregon Attempting To Join The Big Ten

More details are out about the Big Ten and Oregon meeting to discuss a possible deal.

Shockwaves were sent through the world of college football when it was reported the Ducks met with the B1G in Chicago about possibly getting in the conference.

Brett McMurphy initially described the situation as "preliminary discussions," and it now sounds like that is a fair way to frame the situation.

Matt Brown reported Friday that Oregon's representatives didn't include Nike mogul Phil Knight, which was a common theory, but it was a "lawyer and consultant meeting."

It's not clear who represented the Big Ten or how many total people were involved.

All eyes are on the Ducks to see if the Big Ten can reach a deal with Oregon to continue expanding. B1G commissioner Kevin Warren has made it clear the arms race is on, and the Big Ten has no intention of slowing down.

In fact, Warren has indicated getting the conference to 20 teams might be the immediate goal and the growing might not stop.

Getting the Ducks in the conference is the first step in that process. From there, the dominos should start falling.

Multiple PAC-12 teams could get scooped up and the B1G might also start to look elsewhere to beef up its ranks.

More than anything, it's clear it's a serious situation with real momentum. Now, does that mean it's guaranteed Oregon joins the B1G? Not all, but the wheels of progress appear to be turning.

It will be fascinating to see if the PAC-12 can survive a potential mass exodus. For those of you who haven't already, you can read my thoughts on that very subject here, and make sure to keep checking back for the latest updates on realignment as we have them.

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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.