Friday, July 13, 2012

Big Ten and Pac-12 scheduling pact is an ex-pact.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 have decided that the scheduling agreement agreement between the two conferences has been scuttled. It seems like it proved a little too difficult implementing in real life than it did on paper.

“We recently learned from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott that the complications associated with coordinating a non-conference football schedule for 24 teams across two conferences proved to be too difficult,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. “Those complications, among other things, included the Pac-12’s nine-game conference schedule and previous non-conference commitments.”

Said Pac-12 counterpart Larry Scott: “The Pac-12 came to the conclusion that it’s in our best interests to maintain our nine-game conference schedule and maximum flexibility in out-of-conference scheduling. Thus, the Pac-12 decided not to lock into the proposed mandatory 12-game schedule in football.”

This is bad news for fans looking for those future awesome Big Ten/Pac-12  matchups like Purdue/Utah, and Cal/Indiana. Fans looking forward for in-season faceoffs between Wisconsin and USC are probably sad too. Oh well, there's always the Rose Bowl to look forward to.

(via The Chicago Tribune)