No Expansion


Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott issued an official statement tonight shooting down the possibility of expanding to more than 12 teams in the near future.

"After careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference. While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve. With new landmark TV agreements and plans to launch our innovative television networks, we are going to focus solely on these great assets, our strong heritage and the bright future in front of us."

As we reported in the State of Troy, USC athletic director Pat Haden only supported expansion if the new member institutions were "treated equally" and did not bring in "added benefits or a different financial deal."


Very sad news. No expansion equals no playoff and we are stuck with the blasphemy known as the BCS for the foreseeable future. Ugh!

"12" Schools are Already TOO MANY!!!

this was the worst decision the pac has made ever and they've had a few,atleast football wise,this just proves we are still the same old pac 8 and aren't leading in any catagory as usual,not basketball,no football,and not academiclly,so where did we improve,we added utah it's ok at best and colorodo who hasn't won anything except one split title in 1990 in football on a very lucky play,we might have a good tv deal,but it won't get any better if nobodies watching,we won't be playing national title games cause i strength of schedules suck,so where we gonna win,where is our inovation at,where is the promise for the best conference come from,how can we get pac pride if the next teams aren't concitantly good,now mizzou leaves to the sec along with a&m,making the stronger by far,so what is that 11 teams in the top 25,and we got 3,wow i see alot of unemployed people when they start losing money and the fans schools become irrelivent,relegated to the rosebowl and other bowls with no chance at bcs champ bowls,wow you dropped the ball

I think it was a good decision. If Texas wants preferential treatment, they can go independent.

The right decision, for the moment

Just because the Pac-12 announced a lack of interest in expansion does not mean that this is a done deal. We all know that Texas wants a big slice of the pie, since they already have an unfathomable (and thus far, unprofitable to ESPN) deal with their Longhorn Network.

They want assurances that they can come to the Pac-12/16, and be equally unequal. They want the Pac-12 guarantee, and then keep any excesses provided by their network.

While the chances are high that they would make more from the Pac-16, trying to hold onto their deal makes them unequal, which is not fair to the rest of the league.

If Texas continues to be nationally relevant, and that is a big IF, considering recent events, it would be better for the Pac to have them in a different conference. If we take Texas, and they lead the conference to the detriment of other teams, the Pac does not increase overall revenue.

We can only send so many teams to bowls each year, and only two to the BCS in any year. We have enough good teams to fill all of our foreseeable bowl commitments already, so an expansion could actually work against the conference.

Consider that the conference may receive (hypothetically) $20 million in annual bowl revenue, regardless of the size of the conference. Splitting this revenue 16 ways versus 12 ways actually weakens the overall strength of the conference, as well as the individual strength of the conference members.

This may be one case where we are better served to simply take our ball and go home.

Go Trojans, Fight On!

We all assume that Texas is the problem. That is probably the case; however, Oklahoma may want the same deal as Texas making things worse.

Weaker schools heavily depend on sports revenue to build their programs. Strong schools like USC do not. We are currently in a fund raising effort to raise $6 billion. Football revenue is not a big part of the income pie for a school like USC.

Even for USC it is very important to us to raise the entire Pac-12. The stronger the conference the more important our conference titles and the stronger our competition the better prepared we are to win national titles. Plus we do take pride in how our conference is performing in all areas.

I'm sure a future deal can be made if the conditions meet our conference objectives. Any deal that is opposed to those objectives simply is not worth considering.

My two cents worth...

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