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Report: Big 12 and Pac-12 heading south of the border?

Todd Graham

College football could be taking a trip south of the border if the powers that be at ESPN, the Pac-12 and Big 12 have anything to say about it. ESPN president John Skipper alluded to the concept being discussed during the Football Bowl Association meeting, as reported by Dennis Dodd of

“Keep your eye on it,” Skipper said, according to Dodd. Oh, we will keep an eye out for it of course.

The idea of playing college football in Mexico is not a new one. Earlier this year Texas Athletics Director Steve Patterson detailed plans and ideas to grow the Texas brand beyond the border by potentially moving a game to Mexico City. That would likely require finding a partner willing to move a home game because the odds Texas would move a home game are likely slim at best. But that could potentially change if a television partner with deep pockets is willing to make it financially incentive even for a school like Texas. Money has a way of talking, and if the price is right almost any school would seriously consider the possibility, even a school like Texas.

But Texas is only one option of course. No teams have specifically been mentioned or rumored at this time, and it is important to remember no game in Mexico has been announced yet either. But the pieces and partners willing to put heads together could be in place in the Big 12 and Pac-12. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is a bit of a visionary as well and has previously discussed the idea of reaching the Pac-12 brand across the Pacific Ocean into Asia. A trip south may be a good start for extending relationships on an international level.

Arizona State vs. Texas, with a side of salsa? Yes, please.

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10 Responses to “Report: Big 12 and Pac-12 heading south of the border?”
  1. spankmarley says: Apr 24, 2014 7:20 PM

    Good for recruiting… kickers.

  2. drummerhoff says: Apr 24, 2014 8:19 PM

    Horrible idea … zero interest.

  3. musketmaniac says: Apr 24, 2014 8:35 PM

    horrible idea, zero interest. and the Mexican cartel wars with a side of kidnapping foreigners for profit

  4. thefiesty1 says: Apr 24, 2014 8:55 PM

    Why go to Mexico? Most of them are already here.

  5. musketmaniac says: Apr 24, 2014 9:05 PM

    to entertain the Panamanian people who replace the mexican wetbacks goin north

  6. normtide says: Apr 24, 2014 11:40 PM

    Yes, because Mexico is so flush with money. That’s why so many Americans are flooding into that nation…

    Mexico will never be a football county, at least not our kind of football. Have you seen or read anything about Mexican high schools? They can’t afford books, much less the equipment it takes to play football.

    Last but not least, cartels are no joke. Mexico city isn’t safe from them. Imagine what a rich university like Texas would pay for the release of some team members. I promise you they are thinking about it. The risk/reward doesn’t come close to balancing out.

  7. chunkala says: Apr 25, 2014 9:14 AM

    Bad Idea Jeans.

  8. ningenito78 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:49 AM

    Are you kidding me? We’re going to spread the college football ‘brand’ to Mexico? Why? Going to start recruiting in the Yucatan Penninsula? But we’ll just keep pretending college football is an amateur sport. Keep doing you NCAA.

  9. ningenito78 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:51 AM

    I can just see Nick Saban getting pumped for his sit down with Telemundo. Him and his University of Alabama official Mexican translator. Sounds close to a freaking sitcom.

  10. mogogo1 says: Apr 25, 2014 10:39 AM

    At least when the NFL plays outside the country you can make the argument there’s some chance of expanding there some day. But what do the Big 12 or Pac 12 have to gain? They’re going to sign up a Mexican university as a member school after football takes off in Mexico? Somebody loses a home date with there being absolutely nothing to gain.

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