The sports news cycle doesn’t stop for anyone, not even a vacationing Colin Cowherd waiting in line at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Cowherd has been off his radio show this week, enjoying a vacation in the Caribbean with his family. But that came to an abrupt end Thursday afternoon when Cowherd addressed the latest seismic shift to hit college football almost immediately after his plane from the Caribbean touched down in Miami.
Pac-12 insider Jon Wilner reported the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins are planning to leave the conference for the Big Ten. Their break from the Pac-12 represents college football’s second major realignment in the last year after Oklahoma and Texas announced their pending departure from the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference last August.
“It makes a lot of sense,” Cowherd said while standing in line at the airport. “Once Texas and Oklahoma announced they were moving to the SEC, the Big Ten needed a counter punch. This is it. It’ll make the Big ten feel more coastal. They’ll get more of a recruiting edge.”
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“I also think for USC and UCLA, two often their games feel small and regional,” Cowherd continued. “Can you imagine USC at Camp Randall? USC at the Horseshoe? Those are big national TV games. USC and UCLA will feel bigger.”
If USC and UCLA do finalize their jump to the Big Ten, it will leave the Pac-12 without a team in Los Angeles and furthers the expectation that college football’s future is two super-conferences and leave.