Skull session: Pac-12 considers another ‘alliance’, Notre Dame wants to remain independent and Ohio state has huge social reach


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Folks, it’s here.

Word of the day: latent.

ALLIANCE, PT. II. The first “loose partnership” that Pac-12 agreed to resulted in a quick stab in the back thanks to the big ten when it poached USC and UCLA. So Pac-12’s answer is to… join another free partnership?

What will the “free partnership” with ACC look like? This may include a common media rights agreement with ESPN, which currently works with both organizations. Also, it could result in the 10 remaining Pac-12 teams rallying, with the winner of that “10-team division” playing in the ACC Championship game against the Pac-12 in Las Vegas at the end of the season. In addition, during the regular season there can be interesting cross-matches between players from football and men’s basketball.

“Geography aside,” Thompson told me Tuesday, “(ACC) has significantly better TV markets than the Big 12.”

As funny as it is, does it also sound cool to a college football fan? I mean, if there’s one thing that will make me interested in the Pac-12 and the ACC in the midst of the Big Ten, and the SEC just lays claim to college football, it’s the Vegas conference title game at the end of the year.

Someone will be the first team in American football history to win two conferences in the same season, and those are the rules. I like the new college football.

THIS IS MY LAST PRIZE. For any of you who are hoping that this wave of conference realignment will be what finally pushes Notre Dame into the Big Ten, don’t hold your breath.

You will be shocked to hear that the Irish are not interested in participating in the conference in the main until college football as we know it ceases to exist.

A source familiar with the school’s mindset told Sports Illustrated that “independence remains a priority and leader at the club.” It will take a lot for Notre Dame to lose its cherished identity, but the instability of the entire landscape is still a concern and could further affect the Irish worldview.

Two areas to keep an eye on: the fate of the college football playoffs and the Atlantic Coast Conference. If one or both collapse, Notre Dame could end up in the Big Ten. According to the current contract, the playoffs will cease to exist in January 2026. There is no guarantee that another iteration of any size will take its place. “The vast majority of texts suggest the playoffs, and that it will get bigger,” says an industry source. — I’m not sure about this assumption.

The most interesting thing here for me is actually about the college football playoffs, because for some reason I did not even think about how all this absurdity would affect the playoffs.

I think if the playoffs don’t happen, the winner of the new Big Ten will be able to play for the title every year with the winner of the new SEC. It sounds a little unconvincing, but in fact this is what the playoffs will give us anyway.

BRAND IS STRONG. If you’re wondering why Ohio State still attracts recruits looking for that precious NIL money, even though the Buckeyes aren’t throwing around that NIL collective money like other schools, it’s actually quite simple – the brand.

Ohio’s national brand and its social reach absolutely dwarfs any other team in the country.

With such a huge fan base, a Buckeyes star player will always, always be worth a hefty price tag in the NIL market.

SAVIOR UCLA. The Big Ten may have just saved the UCLA sports department.

The timing is undetermined and the number of teams that could be affected is unknown, but the Bruins were heading towards Olympic sporting Armageddon without the infusion of money that will accompany its departure from the Pac-12 Conference in 2024.

Now its 25 teams and over 700 athletes can breathe a sigh knowing their future is secure, making those cross-country flights and the cold winter temperatures in the G-10 countries much more bearable.

“If you love Olympic sports, you must be a fan of this move,” UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond told The Times on Tuesday. “When your program is heavily indebted, it’s hard to just maintain, let alone invest. This will not only save the programs now – which was not given – but also allow us to invest in them. This move allows us to reimagine what UCLA athletics can be with greater strategic investment and resources.”

Over the past three fiscal years, UCLA’s athletic department has run a $102.8 million deficit that was only expected to get worse given the school’s sagging football attendance and paltry Pac-12 payouts that lagged behind its core conference colleagues. It’s now entirely possible that the Bruins could be getting $100 million a year from the Big Ten if the enlarged conference can secure a proposed $1 billion media rights deal due to begin in 2024.

This is an important reason why I thought Stanford would be interested in following USC and UCLA into the Big Ten—another absolutely massive athletic program that could certainly use cash injections to keep all of their 36 varsity sports.

THE SONG OF THE DAY. “The Pursuit of Happyness” by Kid Cudi.

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