There’s also been talk for some time that the Pac-10 would follow suit. In fact, the rumors are starting to heat up regarding the Left Coast conference a day after commissioner Larry Scott told the San Jose Mercury News that “we’re looking at [expansion] very seriously“.
Scott also added that “[i]f we were ever going to look at expansion, this would be the logical time [because negotiations for a new TV deal will begin next year].”
With that as a backdrop, KTVX in Salt Lake City is reporting that the latest rumor du jour has Utah bolting the Mountain West for the Pac-10. To give the conference an even 12 teams, and a lucrative title game, Colorado could be leaving the Big 12 as well.
As noted in the report, this is all speculation at this time, but talk that also makes sense.
What’s that? You don’t care, you want more speculation? OK, we can do that.
The Utah station also reports that, if Colorado were to leave the Big 12, BYU would be a possibility to fill that slot. All of these moves would create a couple of holes to fill in the MWC, and the easy speculation would have Boise State moving from the WAC to fill one spot.
(If I’m in charge of the Pac-10, Boise State would be at the top of my expansion list. But I’m not — yet — so we’ll carry on…)
Of course, that would raise the question of whether the Broncos would want to join a conference that would be losing two of its signature programs. Without Utah and BYU, wouldn’t the MWC simply become the WAC plus TCU?
Anyway, we are likely getting ahead of ourselves as we are probably a ways down the road before any of the above comes to fruition. But it seems more and more likely that the Pac-10 will join their Rose Bowl brethren and add a couple schools.
And a title game to go along with their own TV network.
And a whole helluva lot more money.
All it’ll take is that first domino to tip.