Tuesday proved to be another historic day within the world of college sports.
The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 announced their “alliance” on Tuesday afternoon. The alliance came about, in part, to combat the SEC’s recent and future dominance, especially after the Oklahoma and Texas additions.
So what will the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 alliance look like in coming years? The details aren’t entirely clear just yet, but it will center on scheduling. The three conferences will focus on a scheduling alliance within football and men’s and women’s basketball.
“The football scheduling alliance will feature additional attractive matchups across the three conferences while continuing to honor historic rivalries and the best traditions of college football,” the statement reads. “In women’s and men’s basketball, the three conferences will add early and mid-season games as well as annual events that feature premier matchups between the three leagues.”
You can find the full statement below.
NEWS: Today we’ve announced a historic alliance with @theACC & @bigten. ⤵️🤝#BackThePachttps://t.co/9oXKdepRdU
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) August 24, 2021
This alliance came in a direct response to the SEC’s decision to add Oklahoma and Texas from the Big 12. The move has sparked questions surrounding the integrity of the sport, seeing that the Big 12 has been left in the dust almost solely because of revenue.
The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 alliance is focused on maintaining the integrity of the sport while potentially introducing new rivalries. It’s plausible each school within the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 faces two programs from the other respective conferences during the non-conference portion of football schedules. Those details have yet to be hammered out, though.
Will this alliance prove combative to the SEC’s expansion efforts? We’ll find out in coming years.
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