College football realignment has slowed down quite a bit after the initial craziness of the summer when UCLA and USC suddenly jumped from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten. At the time, many people assumed we’d be seeing many more major conference realignment moves in the following months, but that hasn’t been the case – and Pac-12 conference commissioner George Kliavkoff thinks it’s going to stay that way.
In a recent interview, Kiavkoff said that he does not foresee any more Pac-12 teams leaving the conference to join the Big Ten, suggesting that if that were going to happen, it would have happened already.
"If schools [were leaving] for the Big Ten, they would have left for the Big Ten already." — Pac-12 commish George Kliavkoff on Canzano/Wilner podcast.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) September 20, 2022
“If schools [were leaving] for the Big Ten, they would have left for the Big Ten already,” Kliavkoff said on the Canzano/Wilner podcast, according to Dennis Dodd.
It’s an odd quote, considering the departures of USC and UCLA seemingly came out of nowhere. Additionally, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren has made it very clear that it will continue to pursue expansion.
And the college football world had plenty to say about the bizarre quote, with some suggesting that this quote simply means that no other Pac-12 teams have been invited to join the Big Ten yet.
This would assume the Big Ten was accepting new members! What is the full context of his statement…this part makes no sense!
— Michael D. H. Hsu (@mdhhsu) September 20, 2022
No other Pac-12 schools will leave for Big Ten . . . until invited https://t.co/aPUoIV24J3
— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) September 20, 2022
HaHaHaHaHaHa. That's a good one. Let's see what the B1G West looks like here soon. I'm looking forward to the possibility of Oregon, Washington, Stanford, and maybe Utah rounding out the conference athletically and academically https://t.co/7o07cGqVbU
— J P S (@JPSpartan) September 20, 2022
So no other invites to the Big Ten have been issued… yet. https://t.co/zvOQei6hZQ
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 20, 2022
Wait, what? https://t.co/bQiQqrZ0YX
— Matt Hayes (@MattHayesCFB) September 20, 2022
— Nate Bukaty (@nate_bukaty) September 20, 2022
Time will tell if Kliavkoff is correct, but the college football world is quite skeptical.