- Apr 21, 2009
West Coast folks are pretty secure at the moment that the current PAC schools minus SC and UCLA (to the B1G) are staying, plus adding two others (probably SDSU, SMU). Some of the commentators out their have accuse the Big 12 of blowing a lot of smoke where there is no real fire, to weaken the PAC and create doubts. There's also some rumbling among some UCLA backers about second thoughts about going to the B1G. Of course it's too late now, that's basically a done deal.
The PAC 12 is far from being out of the woods. They still don't have a new TV contract and Colorado is actively talking to the Big 12. The Big 12 had meetings this last week specifically related to expansion. If Sanders gives his blessing for Colorado to move to the Big 12, they are gone. It appears he has a vote in this regarding Colorado's future. I also think Gonzaga is a real possibility too. The wild cards in this expansion, though, are Arizona, Arizona State and Utah. The Big 12 wants the "four corners" for football and the west coast time slot. I don't see UConn in play unless the other "four corners" schools do not follow Colorado to the Big 12.