When Texas and Oklahoma first opted to depart the Huge 12 Convention for the SEC in the summertime of 2021, there have been critical doubts concerning the league’s future.
Each colleges had been members of the Huge 12 for the reason that league’s inaugural season in 1996.
In February, the 2 colleges had been cleared to depart following the 2023-24 season after surrendering $100 million to the Huge 12 for his or her early exits.
“By reaching this settlement, we at the moment are capable of speed up our new starting as a 12-team league and transfer ahead in earnest with our initiatives and future planning,” Huge 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark stated on the time.
Now, six months later, the Huge 12 seems to be in glorious place after plucking the so-called “4 Nook” colleges — Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah — from the Pac-12, a league which has collapsed nearly in a single day and now has simply 4 colleges.
The Colorado information broke final week, whereas Arizona, Arizona State and Utah had been admitted to the Huge 12 Thursday and Friday. ZAGSBLOG first reported that the Huge 12 would vote Friday evening on the additions of Arizona State and Utah after Arizona was admitted Thursday.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Arizona, Arizona State and Utah to the Huge 12,” Yormark stated in an announcement. “The Convention is gaining three premier establishments each academically and athletically, and all the Huge 12 seems ahead to working alongside their presidents, athletic administrators, student-athletes and directors.”
Starting with the 2024-25 educational 12 months, the Huge 12 Convention shall be comprised of 16 members – Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Utah and West Virginia.
In September 2021, former Huge 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby negotiated the additions of BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston after the departures of Texas and Oklahoma.
The additions now of 4 former Pac-12 colleges “simply provides us stability,” one Huge 12 basketball coach stated.
“A 12 months and a half in the past, we had been the league that everyone thought was going to be type of picked aside and it turned out to be the Pac-12 and that’s fairly outstanding,” the coach added
“[Big 12 Commissioner] Brett [Yormark] deserves some credit score and Bowlsby received these 4 groups and in the event you take a look at it now, it doesn’t seem to be the best provides, however it stabilized us for a little bit bit.”
Whereas the Huge 12, Huge Ten and SEC (and Huge East) at the moment are greater than secure, the Pac-12 has primarily ceased to exist.
The Huge Ten, which added Oregon and Washington on Friday, now strikes to 18 groups beginning in 2024, when it’ll additionally add Pac-12 colleges UCLA and USC.
Of the demise of the Pac-12, the coach stated “it’s simply loopy.”
“Think about having no Pac-12,” the coach added. “It’s simply unbelievable.”