College sports have drastically changed over the last few months.
From the NIL being passed allowing athletes to make money to Oklahoma and Texas bucking the Big 12 to joining the SEC. The latter has led to much discussion between other major conferences and a decision has been made.
The ACC, Big 10, and Pac-12 have formally announced their alliance. Their agreement is aimed as a "collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletics and scheduling."
"The alliance – which was unanimously supported by the presidents, chancellors and athletics directors at all 41 institutions – will be guided in all cases by a commitment to, and prioritization of, supporting student-athlete well-being, academic and athletic opportunities, experiences and diverse educational programming," the conferences said. "The three conferences are grounded in their support of broad-based athletic programs, the collegiate model and opportunities for student-athletes as part of the educational missions of the institutions.
"... The alliance includes a scheduling component for football and women’s and men’s basketball designed to create new inter-conference games, enhance opportunities for student-athletes, and optimize the college athletics experience for both student-athletes and fans across the country. The scheduling alliance will begin as soon as practical while honoring current contractual obligations. A working group comprised of athletic directors representing the three conferences will oversee the scheduling component of the alliance, including determining the criteria upon which scheduling decisions will be made. All three leagues and their respective institutions understand that scheduling decisions will be an evolutionary process given current scheduling commitments."
ESPN is also reporting the Pac-12, home of the University of Oregon’s sports, has “been the most aggressive” of the three conferences in allying.
The Athletic is also reporting that ESPN is a driving force behind the alliance as there’s a concern they control and dictate too much of college football.
When it comes to scheduling across the three leagues, that’s the complicated part. As many game contracts have been signed for future years. One possibility is for the Pac-12 to reduce the number of conference games from nine to eight, allowing teams to face other schools from their alliance.