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The Pac-12 says no to expansion for now

Decision was made following extensive internal discussion and analysis

Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff fields questions during the Pac-12 Conference Media Day in Los Angeles.
Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff fields questions during the Pac-12 Conference NCAA college football Media Day Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Los Angeles. On the Thursday the league announced it will not look into expanding the conference at this time.
Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

After a big shakeup in the college sports landscape with Texas and Oklahoma bolting the Big 12 for the SEC, many wondered what a conference like the Pac-12 might do in response.

The Pac-12 added Utah and Colorado in 2011.

Will the league add more?

For now, the answer is no. Thursday afternoon, the league issued a statement on expansion.

“Following consultation with our Presidents, Chancellors and Athletic Directors, the Pac-12 Conference has made the decision to not pursue expansion of our membership at this time. This decision was made following extensive internal discussion and analysis, and is based on the current competitive strength and cohesiveness of our 12 universities. It is also grounded in our confidence in our ability as a conference to best support our student-athletes and to grow and thrive both academically and athletically.”

Earlier this week, the Pac-12, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference announced that they’ve created an alliance to combat the SEC’s growing power and influence.