With USC and UCLA leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, the future of the conference out west is in question. If more schools like Oregon and Washington continue to leave, the Pac-12 will likely look for replacement members. In a recent Q&A, Pac-12 reporter John Canzano explained why Hawaii is unlikely to join the conference.
“Hawaii is a beautiful place to visit, but the state has only 445,000 television households,” Canzano wrote. “Honolulu’s TV market (DMA) captures all of those homes and ranks as the No. 65 market in the country. For that reason, Hawaii is not a great expansion option. Also, the travel is tough.”
As conference realignment continues to move full steam ahead across college football, the ACC and Pac-12 have reportedly discussed a “loose alliance” that ends the season with a joint conference championship game in Las Vegas, per CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. In an effort by both conferences, along with the Big 12, to “fortify their membership and increase their media rights revenue,” the alliance is designed to strengthen the current value of ESPN’s current contract with the leagues.
Per Dodd, this is a “strength in numbers” move that was first proposed by the ACC following USC and UCLA’s exit to the Pac-12 along with several ACC programs — including Clemson, Florida State and Miami — being rumored candidates for a jump to the SEC.
Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah were mentioned specifically as the teams being targeted by the Big 12, according to Dodd, but there is also the possibility of Oregon and Washington being included in that group.
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Brad Crawford contributed to this report.