Yahoo Sports’ and , and Sports Illustrated’s hop on the to dish about a potential format change being discussed behind the scenes in the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences. Could they team up to create a Premiere League-style system of promotion and relegation? To hear the full conversation, subscribe to the on , or wherever you get your podcasts.
DAN WETZEL: Ross, you had a couple interesting stories this week, one of them is on the Pac-2, or we like to call them the 2-Pac, which are meeting in the bowl. You have stories that they're considering-- what they're considering going forward, including a two-team Pac-- the literal Pac-2, or some kind of deal with the Mountain West where you're setting up English soccer relegation. What are they smoking up there? What are they smoking up there in the Pacific Northwest?
ROSS DELLENGER: Hey, it is the Pacific Northwest.
DAN WETZEL: And can I get in on it? This is-- I know. I'm not saying it's a bad thing.
ROSS DELLENGER: They smoke a lot of things.
DAN WETZEL: They have freed their mind.
ROSS DELLENGER: Yeah, I think the goal is to try to be different, unique, and creative. This has been something bantered about for a while as far as a premier league style division for the powerhouses of college football, whenever they inevitably, quote, unquote, break off, that they would do this premier league thing. Hasn't really been seriously vetted, but it does have support to continually, I think, explore it. Even if it's not something that can happen in a year or two, it might happen down the line.
And that is, yeah, some kind of relegation where you have two conferences, maybe even three conferences, and the bottom teams would be dropped down and relegated to the lower tier. And then the top teams of certain leagues would be moved up to other leagues, promoted. So it's really interesting. It gives you the ability to create some pretty interesting matchups, especially late in the season when teams are competing for relegation and promotion and then the last weekend of the season where you have actually the relegation games. So it's really fascinating.