Slive wins again!

The Big Ten and Pac-12 have dissolved their scheduling pact.

The two leagues announced Friday that their pact, which initially called for 12 football games per year, has been called off. The reason: at least four Pac-12 schools were unwilling to agree to mandatory scheduling, has learned. A key sticking point is that Pac-12 teams play nine conference games, while Big Ten teams play only eight. Adding in traditional non-league series like USC-Notre Dame, Stanford-Notre Dame and Utah-BYU, and it makes the scheduling situation tougher for those in the Pac-12.

Needless to say, that takes a ton of pressure off the SEC to adopt a nine-game conference schedule to answer strength of schedule concerns.  In fact, if this remains the status quo, Slive now finds Delany as an ally on that front as they figure out an eligibility formula for the playoff selection committee to use.

My only question is whether Slive’s known all along this is how this would play out.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Big Ten Football, Pac-12 Football, SEC Football

19 responses to “Slive wins again!

  1. Mayor of Dawgtown

    All this is nothing more than recognition of the reality of the difficulties encountered in scheduling OOC games in today’s environment.

  2. wnc dawg

    This just sux. Guess I should look on the bright side and think of all the money it saves me from trekking down for cupcake games.

    • On the other hand, it’s a good excuse to reinstate the home-and-home with Ohio State.

      • wnc dawg

        Ha! Let’s hope. Now let me show you this finely constructed bridge I’ve been working on…

      • Bob

        Absolutely. But knowing McGarity and his philosophy, he would probably opt for Ohio U.

      • IWanaBDaveGrohl

        That was my exact thought, Senator. Hell, even move it up from 2020 and 2021 if possible. Urby may not survive there until then.

        • stoopnagle

          Yeah, he’s going to be at one school for 9 seasons before his hearburn flares up again.

      • Buckeye fan

        Senator – be careful what you ask for. Urban is a head and shoulders better coach than Richt – head to head – 5 -1, 189 points vs 124.

        Is Richt still limping after all those butt kickings by the Urbanator?

        I for one would embrace a home and home with UGA – we need a breather game! Ouch!

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          I’m all for it as long as we get to lay tOSU on a neutral field every year–the Georgia Dome.

        • This assumes Corch will still be living in Columbus in 2020.

        • IWanaBDaveGrohl

          Is a Buckeye fan really bragging about what Urban did at Florida? Have they fallen that far as a program that fast? Yikes.

        • Chadwick

          Maybe you peckerlips have finally found a coach that can get the bucknuts able to beat an SEC team fair and square, not like freaking gift given to the lying, cheating Tressel by Delaney against Arky. I hope Hoke beats Meyer like a dog.

          • Puffdawg

            Th was my thought. A Buckeye fan talking smack about an SEC team vicariously through Florida? Sounds like a Tech fan. Seriously, you guys HAVE fallen fast. Get back to us when you’ve actually beaten and SEC team.

  3. FCDore

    What’s odd is that none of the reasoning in their press release relates to any new information. This was all known at the time they inked the deal in the first place.

    • wnc dawg

      I think the deal is the PAC knew they would be fighting an uphill battle trying to get into the top 2 with only nice PAC wins under the champs belt. Now, they just need the top 4 and will most likely get it. I don’t think they have any illusions they’ll be shooting for 2 teams all that often.

  4. wnc dawg

    By the way, to have brought in such an obscene amount of money for his presidents in a rather short time frame, Larry Scott sure does take it on the chin from them publicly quite a bit, no? There is a very different dynamic in the SEC and B1G in terms of following the commish’s lead.

  5. Dog in Fla

    “We are disappointed to announce today that the Big Ten Pac-12 strategic collaboration announced jointly in December 2011 unfortunately will not be consummated.”

    Generalissimo Delany must have hired Bloomberg’s speechwriter

  6. stoopnagle

    Great news for homeless WAC ADs everywhere!!!