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Larry Scott: Boise State, San Diego State could be on Pac-12’s radar

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Not right now. Down the road. Maybe.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott didn’t say his conference was looking to expand on Friday while attending this year’s Pac-12 championship game — a Stanford win over UCLA, for those who missed it — but didn’t rule out the possibility of it either down the road. When down the road? To be determined.

“In my short three years-plus as commissioner, I’ve learned to never say never,” Scott said.

Using realignment logic, not saying “no” automatically means yes. Or, so we’re told everyday in our inbox.

But which team(s) would the Pac-12 potentially target? Boise State and San Diego State are possibilities. The two programs are currently in the Mountain West but slated to begin competing in the really new-look Big East next season.

“When we expanded in the past we looked at them because they are prominent schools in the West, with very strong athletics programs, in markets we are not in,” Scott said. “There’s a lot of criteria that we looked at last time, that I’m sure we’d look at again.

“If we were to look at expanding again, I’m sure both those schools would be on the list. But, we don’t have any plans.”

Now, since we’ve just doused gasoline on the realignment fire, let us also extinguish it at least a little. For one, it sounds as though Scott was asked about BSU and SDSU specifically and he was answering. Secondly, Scott makes it clear expansion is not the league’s agenda any time soon.

“We feel great about the makeup of our conference at 12 teams. At this stage, I see no reason to go beyond 12 teams,” Scott said. “For a lot of reasons, this is where we want to be for the foreseeable future.”

It’s easy to claim conference commissioners are blowing smoke up all of our keisters since most of the time conference commissioners are blowing smoke up all our keisters, but the only incentive for the Pac-12 to expand down the line is more inventory for a conference network.

The Pac-10’s expansion in 2010 provided the league with access to new markets, a championship game and a TV deal — all of which increased the wealth of the conference significantly. What would, say, a Pac-14 do? Not much else. The conference championship is in place and the league’s access to college football’s new postseason goes unchanged. And with the Big 12 locked in with a new TV deal with a grant of rights, getting a Texas or Oklahoma is out of the question.

But, realignment never truly ends since programs that are perfectly content one minute are suddenly dissatisfied the next. So while the Pac-12 may be fine now, there could be a time in the near (or distant) future when it is not. And another college football season will be ruined because of it.

(Hat tip: San Diego Union-Tribune) 

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15 Responses to “Larry Scott: Boise State, San Diego State could be on Pac-12’s radar”
  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 1, 2012 3:27 PM

    On one hand, I would love for Boise to join the Pac 12 so that Chris Petersen can ply his trade against BCS competition week after week.

    On the other hand, if this happens then Boise will pay CP more money and that would end the annual speculation and best free entertainment in the world about who will hire him next. Right now the 2012 King Jackass Title goes to Arkansas… “its a done deal, announcement to come Monday.” hahahahaha

    Second place to Auburn, runner up to California.

  2. imaduffer says: Dec 1, 2012 3:33 PM

    Santa Clara is building a new stadium for the Niners. So if you are looking for the best deal for the money, San Jose State would be your pick.

  3. normtide says: Dec 1, 2012 3:34 PM

    Can’t leave out UT’s eminent hire of Gruden. In fact, from reports out of Knoxville, he has already been hired 5 times. Or was the last 4 just contract extensions?

  4. vanmorrissey says: Dec 1, 2012 3:50 PM

    This is a totally more logical fit for these two teams. Stay regional with capability to attract more recruits. Big East is all but done, makes no sense to get involved with them at all.

  5. jakeblat says: Dec 1, 2012 3:51 PM

    Oh boy. The Boise St. mouth breathers are going to be falling all over themselves. What an embarrassment for the PAC10 if it comes to taking BSU.

  6. jimbo75025 says: Dec 1, 2012 4:09 PM

    normtide says:
    Dec 1, 2012 3:34 PM
    Can’t leave out UT’s eminent hire of Gruden. In fact, from reports out of Knoxville, he has already been hired 5 times. Or was the last 4 just contract extensions?

    Eh, I am quite certain that the more rational UT fans were never truly sold on Gruden. Personally, I thought the whole thing was kind of a joke until people started denying things-which always means there was some contact.

    The more rational of us would rather get someone who has been a strong assistant, etc and suffer through the next year or two in setting up for a decade of success rather than have someone who would be eyeing another job in two years.

  7. deadeye says: Dec 1, 2012 4:11 PM

    The PAC 12 has serious geographical issues to overcome as they attempt to expand to 16 teams. There simply are not enough quality programs out west to fit the PAC needs.

    Boise is a great story, but academically they are no where near the PAC12. San Diego State is a quality candidate, but it’s in a state the PAC12 already owns.

    It’ll be interesting to see what Larry Scott does. I think Nevada might be a possibility, and BYU would be a super addition if they could work around the no games on Sunday requirement.

  8. bradygazelle says: Dec 1, 2012 5:25 PM

    They are forced to go to east to Texas to get more teams.

    They may never expand, but if they do and they can’t get Texas and Oklahoma they will almost be forced to take Houston and SMU to get those markets.

    Seriously – would you rather add Boise or the number 5 and 8 television markets in the US?

    The SMU/Houston pair will end up somewhere. If not the Pac-whatever it will be the ACC or the remains of the Big East/ACC if the ACC is decimated.

  9. drummerhoff says: Dec 1, 2012 6:17 PM

    You know what’s funny? The college football season wasn’t ruined until it became clear the ACCs days were numbered.
    If you are SD St or BSU … You’re pretty excited.

  10. iamjimmyjack says: Dec 1, 2012 6:37 PM

    We should go after Boise state and someone else. I’m not quite sure I want sd state. This could be awsome. I live the idea. I also want usc to hire Chris petersen too

  11. rsmeans says: Dec 2, 2012 6:55 AM

    I have always disliked Boise but I must admit that from a football standpoint any conference would strengthen themselves by choosing Boise.

  12. lilrock9 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:53 AM

    This would be a stupid idea. How could you add those teams but wouldn’t add Texas & Oklahoma. SMH!!!!!!!! To think that these are the people making decision for our youth. Just like the big Ten, another watered down conference.

  13. rollteal says: Dec 2, 2012 12:18 PM

    Boise would be an Option. But how does Boise compete in all sports ? Of course you’ve got to look at Nevada and San Diego. Plus I would at least try to pick up one or a couple of Texas teams.

  14. normtide says: Dec 2, 2012 2:52 PM

    I doubt the pac would ever accept Texas’ heavy hand. The other teams in the 12 have no choice, the need to recruit Texas and most have no where else to go. The PAC is not in that position.

  15. mcastleton928 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:27 PM

    If the Pac-12 expands again, I would think that Boise State and New Mexico are the next two logical candidates. Boise State has the best football program in the Mountain West and New Mexico has the best Basketball program in the Mountain West. While the Lobos may be down right now in Football, they do have success in the recent past. Also, Albuquerque and Boise are basically the largest remaining markets in the West that the Pac-12 doesn’t have a solid foothold in (the league already controls Las Vegas despite not having a school in Nevada). Boise State would join the Pac-12 North and New Mexico would join the Pac-12 South. As replacements for BSU and UNM, I would expect the Mountain West to add Idaho and New Mexico State, who currently are football-only members of the Sun Belt.

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