The Pac-12, Massive Ten and ACC have had preliminary discussions about forming an alliance, possible constructed round scheduling however probably different areas, sources advised ESPN.
Commissioners George Kliavkoff (Pac-12), Kevin Warren (Massive Ten) and Jim Phillips (ACC) have been in common communication, and have additionally had some in-person discussions. Kliavkoff and Warren have been collectively this week for Rose Bowl conferences. Pac-12 sources stated all three commissioners met final week in Chicago.
“I have been in frequent and common contact with all the different A5 commissioners the previous couple of weeks in regards to the 4 or 5 advanced points which can be dealing with our business,” Kliavkoff advised ESPN on Friday evening. “Something past that’s simply hypothesis, and I am unable to touch upon it.”
— George Kliavkoff (@Kliavkoff) August 13, 2021
Messages left for each Phillips and Warren weren’t instantly returned.
Kliavkoff couldn’t affirm final week’s assembly in Chicago. Kliavkoff additionally met final week with Massive 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, whose league is reeling from the approaching departures of Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC.
Sources stated the Massive 12 will not be at present included in discussions surrounding an alliance with different Energy 5 conferences. Bowlsby advised the Texas state senate on Aug. 2 that he thought there “are choices for us to associate with different conferences. There could also be alternative for mergers.”
Athletic administrators in two of the leagues discussing an alliance advised ESPN that nonconference scheduling possible could be the main target, however that there aren’t many particulars but. The SEC’s addition of Texas and Oklahoma, plus commissioner Greg Sankey’s involvement in proposing a 12-team expanded Faculty Soccer Playoff mannequin, has been seen as an try to consolidate energy.
“There’s some alignment in us towards them a bit of bit,” a Energy 5 athletic director stated.
The subsequent main CFP assembly is about for Sept. 28 in Chicago.
The Athletic first reported the potential alliance between the Pac-12, Massive Ten and ACC.
–ESPN’s David Hale contributed to this report.