Blog article saying Pac 10 expansion might be about keeping USC happy so they don't leave for the Big 12???http://bustersports.com/blog/buster-blo ... -anything/
I just don't buy the rationale. Would USC leave the Pac-10 with Arizona St. to join a Big 14? Not a chance. And he mentions UCLA as a candidate if it were say, a 4 team Big 12 expansion. So you're telling me UCLA is going to leave Cal behind? Good luck getting the state to OK that move. The Big 12 just isn't in the position to pull off such a coup. And in reality, as much of a stretch as it really is, Texas leaving the big 12 for the P10 or B10 is more probable.
Yeah, I don't think he's serious at all about that. I think what he means is that "You have to be pro-active, you have to be the one growing and adding rather than waiting around to lose schools"
I mean, we're talking about a conference that's had the fewest membership changes of anyone in the last 30 years.
The only real threat to the Pac 10 is their lack of TV presence compared to other conferences. The Big XII is in no position to pilfer the Pac 10 schools, since the Pac 10 has bigger TV markets should have the bigger TV deal.
The Pac 10 need only worry about down the road when the idea of a TV super-conference comes up (i.e. Texas, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Miami/FSU, USC, UCLA). But a "west branch" of a conference for TV would pretty much include 6/10 of the Pac 10 anyway, since they are in TV markets #2, #12, #13, #15, #23 and #31.