The three conferences have revealed their new alliance, admittedly light on details, but the main goal is to vote as a bloc to delay College Football Playoff expansion.
Here are the press release goals:
- Student-athlete mental and physical health, safety, wellness and support
- Strong academic experience and support
- Diversity, equity and inclusion
- Social justice
- Gender equity
- Future structure of the NCAA
- Federal legislative efforts
- Postseason championships and future formats
Here’s what you care about:
“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.
“The football scheduling alliance will feature additional attractive matchups across the three conferences while continuing to honor historic rivalries and the best traditions of college football.
“In women’s and men’s basketball, the three conferences will add early and mid-season games as well as annual events that feature premier matchups between the three leagues.”
Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren: “There is turbulence now in college athletics and things we need to address. We need leadership.”
“I’m a big believer in expanding the College Football Playoff but I’m also a big believer in being methodical and doing our homework.”
Pac-12 Conference commissioner George Kliavkoff: “There is no signed document, and there doesn’t need to be. There is a commitment from three commissioners and 41 presidents and athletics directors.
“The Pac-12 is 100 percent in favor of an expansion of the College Football Playoff.”