USC, UCLA, Washington, and Oregon in the Big Ten?
Stanford and California in the Atlantic Coast Conference?
Arizona and Arizona State in the Big 12?
Oklahoma and Texas in the SEC?
It’s the end of the world as we know it. 🙂
Here is Washington Post sportswriter Jerry Brewer:
The news arrived in the 5 a.m. hour Pacific time, and you have to wonder whether Stanford and California officials woke up early to receive word or pulled a nervous all-nighter waiting. They’re headed to the ACC next season, along with Dallas-based SMU from the Central time zone, ensuring members of that league will always be confused about when their meetings are scheduled.
Yes, the Atlantic Coast Conference now extends to the Pacific. No, it’s not concerned with the nonsense of its name any more than the Big Ten (nah, 18) or Big 12 (er, 16). It might as well add a consonant and go with ACCC, short for Atlantic Coast to Coast Conference. But, hey, do you.
College football couldn’t even get through the 2023 season’s curtain-raising weekend without disrupting the excitement with more realignment drama. This episode rescued Stanford and Cal from purgatory, completed SMU’s onerous 35-year journey from the death penalty to a power conference and whittled the Pac-12 to the Pac-2. If that weren’t enough action, how about this for a cliffhanger: Will Florida State and Clemson, the ACC’s most essential football schools and known skeptics about these additions, stay patient or enter the transfer portal?
Read the rest here.