Hmmm…possibly BIG just takes ALL the remaining biggest brands/cities on West Coast to grow a second arm?..Oregon, Washington, Stanford, Arizona - taking SF, Phoenix, Seattle areas. Remaining 6 join Big 12 (WSU, OSU, Utah, Colorado, Cal, ASU) to send new Big 12 to 18 schools. There’s your 4 “mega conferences” with the PAC dying off. I could dig it.
FTR I never thought the AAC would pull off that coup but this situation scans very differently. No P5/G5, there is a credible threat of the Pac-12 losing more teams, they have more limited options for restocking if they do lose teams, Big 12 makes leaving very very costly (especially for what would be at best limited approvement, and apparently Pac-12’s bylaws are just atrocious.
I never wanted us to turn down a Big 12 invite.
I don’t want us to accept a Pac-12 one.
Time may make a fool of me, but totally different feel.
ETA: One of the reasons I was pessimistic about our chances in a dogfight between us and the ACC is that their membership terms are right now much stronger than ours. The Pac-12’s are apparently much weaker.