The Pac-12 Conference has decided against expansion for now

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So much for all that speculation on which schools the Pac-12 Conference was going to go for in expansion.

In a statement released this afternoon, the conference says that expansion isn’t in its best interests at this time and that for now, 12 schools are just enough for what the conference wants to accomplish in the future.

Following consultation with our Presidents, Chancellors and Athletic Directors, the Pac-12 Conference has made the decision to not pursue expansion of our membership at this time. This decision was made following extensive internal discussion and analysis, and is based on the current competitive strength and cohesiveness of our 12 universities. It is also grounded in our confidence in our ability as a conference to best support our student-athletes and to grow and thrive both academically and athletically.

With Oklahoma and Texas jumping ship to the SEC and the possible demise of the Big XII, many out there, including us at DucksWire, were speculating on whether the Pac-12 will pick up two or maybe four teams from that league.

But with the conference’s recent formation of The Alliance with the ACC and the Big 10, it seems as if expansion just doesn’t make a lot of sense right now.

The case for expansion was to get the conference visibility in markets, such as Dallas/Fort Worth or Houston, but a scheduling partnership with those two other leagues can do the same job as adding Texas Tech and/or Houston for example.