Big Ten, ACC, and Pac-12 Form an Alliance

Three conferences form an alliance

On Tuesday, only one month after rumors spread about the University of Texas (Satan’s hell) and the University of Oklahoma (also hell) potentially leaving the Big 12 Conference for the SEC Conference (I wrote about their decisions in this post), three Power Five conferences announced they will be forming an alliance. The Big 10, ACC, and Pac-12 are joining together “on a collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletics and scheduling.” In a statement released after the alliance announcement was made, the new ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said “The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 recognize the unique environment and challenges currently facing intercollegiate athletics, and we are proud and confident in this timely and necessary alliance that brings together like-minded institutions and conferences focused on the overall educational missions of our preeminent institutions. The alliance will ensure that the educational outcomes and experiences for student-athletes participating at the highest level of collegiate athletics will remain the driving factor in all decisions moving forward.” Phillips was joined by fellow commissioners Kevin Warren of the Big 10 and ACC’s George Kliavkoff in the announcement where they highlighted key terms like stability, future, and trust moving forward. On Warren’s end, he noted “Building for the future had to start somewhere. The [Power 5] was in a state of flux. There was severe turbulence. There are three new commissioners. The NCAA has taken a step back and has said it has to evaluate everything from a constitutional convention. You have CFP expansion that was not composed of any of us, in the group involved with it. You have name, image and likeness, the Alston case, gender equity issues, social justice issues we have to deal with. We will look back 10, 20, even 50 years from now, they will study what happened in 2020 and 2021, from the murder of George Floyd to COVID and the issues we’re talking about right now. Someone had to take the first step, and personally, for me in the Big Ten, I did not want to sit around and let those decisions be made by others.” While there are still unknowns surrounding cross-conference play and scheduling, it seems like all three commissioners are open to the idea of their teams facing each other in nonconference games. At this time there’s no word on whether the conferences’ alliance will include Big 12 teams, but this new coalition is definitely something to watch for college football fans.