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Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12 to Announce ‘Alliance’ On Tuesday: Report

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The Big Ten, the ACC and the Pac-12 are expected to announce their ‘Alliance’ on Tuesday, per reporting by The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach and Yahoo’s Pete Thamel and Dan Wetzel.

The announcement will reportedly deal with governance and college football scheduling. This reported Alliance is a reaction to Oklahoma and Texas announcing their desire to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference after the 2024-25 athletic year.

However, at least one college football reporter believes the Longhorns’ and Sooners’ departures could come sooner, perhaps as early as the fall of 2022.

The Big Ten, the ACC and the Pac-12 have been discussing this alliance for for several weeks, but it became public about two weeks ago. It became public shortly after Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby met for what the pair called a ‘fact-finding’ conversation earlier this month.

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It is not expected that expansion or realignment will be a part of the announcement on Tuesday. But, the Pac-12 is reportedly getting close to making its intentions about expansion public, as early as the next two weeks.

In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kliavkoff said that the Pac-12 wasn’t actively trying to lure teams to the conference but said the league had received many calls from programs interested in joining. He didn’t name those programs, but he said that the programs were “Probably all of the ones you would expect and several you’d be surprised by.”

The Pac-12’s decision could have an impact on the rest of the Big 12, as the league’s decision to expand could put every remaining Big 12 team in play.

In the meantime, it looks like the college football world will find out on Tuesday what exactly an alliance between the Big Ten, the ACC and the Pac-12 will look like.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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