A Pac-12 logo at Allegiant Stadium before the Oregon-Utah conference championship game in 2021.

One of the most obvious conclusions of the most recent round of conference realignment is that the notion of “alliances” between major conferences is pretty flimsy when push comes to shove. That’s why the Pac-12 is eschewing an alliance for a “partnership,” which will surely work better.

According to Pac-12 insider John Canzano, the Pac-12 Conference CEO Group has been working hard to figure out the next steps following the defection of USC and UCLA to the Big Ten. Their solution might be to form a “loose partnership” with another conference.

Nobody tell them how the alliance between the Big 10, Big 12, and ACC worked out, okay?

While there are no specifics available, it would stand to reason that this partnership would be with either the Big 12 or ACC.

This also comes on the heels of a report that six Pac-12 schools could be considering leaving to join the Big 12. Of course, we’ve all learned by now that conference realignment news comes fast and furious and you never want to trust that you know what’s happening until it actually happens.

It was also announced Tuesday, by the conference itself, that they were going to start looking into negotiating new media rights, leading Canzano to wonder if ESPN and potential TV partners are steering the ship on this “loose partnership.”

However this plays out, there was a notable reaction on social media to the news that the Pac-12 was interested in going the partnership/alliance route instead of learning from past mistakes.

Good luck, Pac-12. You’re gonna need it.

[John Canzano]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.