The Pac-12 might extend an invite in the future. Not right now though.
The year is 3024 and the Pac-12 media deal is rumored to be nearly complete. The sport of college football is no longer played due to human life being eliminated from the planet. In 2025, a powerful AI was tasked with facilitating the media deal. Upon discovering the impossibility of this task, it sought to and succeeded in eliminating all human complications to the process.
Cal fans: Cal to the Mountain West or Big 12 and the 'Furd to the Big 10? NO WAY! I have a hard time believing that the Big 10 is going to count on the 'Furd, all by themselves, to attract enough bay area eyeballs to make an invitation to the Big 10 worthwhile. Despite all of our struggles in football and basketball, Cal has a much larger fan base in the bay area and probably nationwide. We aren't going to get $C or FUCLA money but the bay area is too significant a media market to simply ignore or leave to someone else.
I think sdsu would be a good fit. The state schools from Oregon, Arizona and Washington are all in the Pac12. SDSU would give the Pac12 a football presence in Southern California. Now with ucla and usc leaving no pac 12 school will play any games in SoCal any longer.
I think this is just another example of the pac 12 being incompetent. It is like Knowlton is actively destroying Cal football, Cal basketball and Pac12 in general.
With ESPN going through a once in a lifetime right sizing of talent and who knows what else getting a favorable deal cut seems highly improbable any time soon.
Eeenh. SDSU had terrible viewership in the Ncaa championship. They ranked behind 4 other MW schools in football viewership, 2 of which had losing regular season records (Wyoming, Colorado State). When the Pac walks into these negotiations and dangles SDSU the TV executives know they have no value. Heck even the MW doesn't want them back with viewership that bad. MW wants to ditch SDSU and pick up Ndsu because they generate way more tv viewership. ESPN wanted Boise because there's a long history of good money there, remember Boise state is the only school not named Notre Dame powerful enough it can negotiate it's own TV deal outside its conference, Fox wanted Boise for the same reason, CBS wanted UCLA and SC to stay. Apple TV desperately didn't want SDSU as there was very little subscriber base in San Diego. If the Pac cares about not collapsing, they need to profit center their value. Pick up Colorado State to keep Colorado and pick up super valuable Boise to help keep travel costs low for Oregon and Washington and bring a very well known commodity to carriers like Fox and ESPN. The trouble is, Boise doesn't care about money. They're rich, they want a Natty. The Pac is less likely to get them there with the new playoff system than MW. SDSU literally couldn't move the dial in TV negotiations. All the cheerleaders in the online media couldn't even get TV execs to see an illusion of value to light a fire under their butts to make it happen. Nobody cares about San Diego State, it was a bad bluff.
It would be nice to have San Diego State in the conference. We have a scheduled game with them in 2025.
That being said, is there a reason Cal hasn't scheduled many games with other teams?For future games we have another with Auburn, two with Florida, Minnesota and Wyoming. I was wondering if there has been any progress on that.
Hopefully the big 12 swipes sdsu before the pac12 to set up the kill shot.
Big 12 expansion
2025: Arizona schools, Utah, Colorado
2024: SC, UC Los Angeles
2025: Oregon, Stanford, Washington
Probably WAC or Big Sky:
2026: Cal, Wazzou, Oregon St
Well at least one school is more fucked up than CAL with respect to athletics: https://sports.yahoo.com/mountain-west-insists-san-diego-state-has-left-the-conference-and-it-wants-its-exit-fee-044714538.html
Maybe other Pac 10 members should pitch it to lower SDSU's fee to join the Pac 10. Maybe same for SMU. It's embarrassing to see how the Pac 10 is likely imploding. Perhaps we need the old Pac 12 commissioner to return.
This shows you how the head of the pac 12 conference doesn’t have a clue. Management is so incompetent that they alone have a good possibility of blowing up the entire league. What an absolute joke!
Maybe rename the conference, "The Pac"