The Big Ten and Pac-12 called off their vast college sports partnership before it ever truly began, announcing in a joint statement Friday that logistics in scheduling and planning proved too colossal to solve.
"We recently learned from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott that the complications associated with coordinating a non-conference football schedule for 24 teams across two conferences proved to be too difficult," said Jim Delany, commissioner of the Big Ten.
The Pac-12 plays a nine-game conference schedule in college football, which complicated the nonconference availability for both sides. The joint collaboration was formally introduced by Scott and Delany in December 2011.
"After extensive deliberation and consultation with member institutions, television partners and others, the Pac-12 and Big Ten have decided not to pursue the previously announced plans for enhanced
scheduling collaboration across all sports at this time," Scott said. "While we continue to value our close relationship, particularly our partnership in the Rose Bowl, the Pac-12 came to the conclusion that it's in our best interests to maintain our nine-game conference schedule and maximum flexibility in out-of-conference scheduling. Thus, the Pac-12 decided not to lock into the proposed mandatory 12-game schedule in football."