Seismic change seems imminent in college football. With the Big East disintegrating (like the Big XII), will Notre Dame finally see the handwriting on the wall and join the Big Ten? (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The next 24 to 48 hours could be the most volatile period in the history of college football off the field. Yesterday, reports emerged that Pitt and Syracuse were ready to join the ACC. At first, it sounded like the ACC was ready to invite Texas and Notre Dame to join as non-football members. The rumors were that the Longhorns would go independent in football, and like Notre Dame, play baseball, basketball, and other sports in the ACC. That was yesterday.
Now, all that seems to be changing once again. UConn and Rutgers seem now likely to be the 15th and 16th members of the engorged 16-team ACC.
Let's not forget that tomorrow, the Oklahoma Regents are meeting to discuss realignment, almost assuredly to the Pac-12 along with Oklahoma State. Now comes word that Texas is now headed to the Pac-12 as well, as a compromise that retains their beloved Longhorn Network within the Pac-12's media structure. The 16th team? Texas Tech.
If your eyes aren't swimming already at all this, Matt Hayes now reports the inevitable, now that there are 16 team ACC and Pac-16 conferences. The Big Ten and SEC will make the next moves. The SEC already is uneven with 13 teams, and probably are looking to add Maryland and Virginia Tech.
And with the Big East dissolving like the Big XII, Jim Delany will finally claim the big prize. Notre Dame will finally accept an invitation to the Big Ten. That creates an imbalance, and likely brings three more teams to the Big Ten. Rutgers? UConn? Personally, if the B1G goes to 16, I'd love to see Kansas and Missouri come along for the ride.
And from the forgotten leftovers, the remnants of the dissolved Bigs (East and XII) will coddle together a new conference with Iowa State, Kansas State, Baylor, Cincinnati, and whatever else is leftover.