Following Tuesday’s press conference confirming the alliance between the ACC, Big 10 and Pac 12, it appears that the 41 schools currently in three conference alliance will not be joined by any new additions — at least, the Pac 12 isn’t going to add any new members.
Pac 12 commissioner George Kliavkoff originally told The Athletic after Tuesday’s press conference that his conference would decide upon a potential expansion by the end of the week. Some, like The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach, felt it would have been weird timing to further destabilize college football after “The Alliance” was created to in large part to provide stabilization in the sport.
Auerbach shared a statement from the Pac 12 stating why the conference decided against adding members to the 12 team conference.
The Pac-12 will not add members at this time: pic.twitter.com/Sdjefy6gLA
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) August 26, 2021
With former Pittsburgh head coach and current Fox Sports analyst Dave Wannstedt telling 670TheScore Tuesday morning that he heard the Big 12 would be split up amongst the ACC, B1G and Pac 12 at Fox meetings — with Oklahoma State and Kansas State predicted to the Pac 12 — it appears that report won’t come to fruition — at least not right now.
It’s unclear whether the ACC or B1G has any further realignment plans, but at the very least, it seems unlikely any news will come at this moment.