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Big 12 exploring alliances with ACC, other conferences

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09:19 AM ET 01.27 | Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the league is actively exploring a possible alliance with the Atlantic Coast Conference and two other unspecified leagues for the purposes of scheduling, marketing and possibly even television partnerships, an arrangement that might prevent further expansion. "We've had conversations with three other leagues," Bowlsby told the American-Statesman on Friday afternoon. "The ACC is one of them. It's a process of discovery that would provide some of the benefits of larger membership without actually adding members." Bowlsby declined to name the other two leagues, but the Pac-12 Conference is presumed to be one of them because that 12-team league faces significant geographical obstacles to expansion. The Pac-12 and Big Ten had announced the framework for a similar alliance more than a year ago, but the arrangement didn't come to fruition.

Austin American-Statesman

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January 27, 2013  11:02 AM ET

All about M-O-N-E-Y

January 27, 2013  11:20 AM ET

Colleges are putting money ahead of the kids.

January 27, 2013  04:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Colleges are putting money ahead of the kids.

been like that since day 1

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January 27, 2013  05:40 PM ET

Are they condensing until the NCAA has to fight one entity....

January 27, 2013  05:51 PM ET

I would like to see Texas leave the NCAA and for the rest of the major college football teams to follow.

January 27, 2013  08:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I would like to see Texas leave the NCAA and for the rest of the major college football teams to follow.

Good luck with that.

January 28, 2013  08:35 AM ET

Either expand or don't. Not digging this 'Alliance' stuff.

January 28, 2013  12:13 PM ET

So would Big 12 schools regularly play ACC schools? What does this mean for scheduling?

January 28, 2013  03:13 PM ET

The true motive is to build a relationship to lure schools away. Once the Maryland/ACC legal issues are resolved and IF Maryland is not held to the $50 million exit fee, look for the Big 12 to aggressively go after FSU, G-Tech, Clemson, and one or more of the NC schoos before the Big 10 does.

 
January 28, 2013  04:53 PM ET

Why is the Big 12 waiting in the DARK? Just add Cinn., UConn, So. Florida, & Memphis to the Big 12, then become a stronger conference like THE S.E.C.

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