Here we go again.
With the Big 12 possibly on the verge of dissolution, the ACC has emerged in published reports as a possible new destination for
, one of the nation’s most powerful athletic programs. Texas
According to the Austin American Statesman, based on unnamed sources,
has three options: Texas
Texas could join Oklahoma and in leaving for what’s now the Pac-12. Oklahoma State
- With its own television network, the Longhorn Network, already established,
could try to make a go of independent status, like Notre Dame. Texas
- In a nod toward being aligned with the most academically prestigious of the BCS conferences,
could join the ACC. Texas
According to the report out of
Austin, talks between and the ACC have yet to reach a mature stage. But national media outlets such as rivals.com have jumped on the story, saying that the ACC’s TV deal with ESPN would be more accommodating to the Big 12 than the Pac-12’s regional TV packages. Texas
Meanwhile, the Palm Beach Post is reporting that
has formed an exploratory committee to explore its conference options, including a possible move to the SEC. Florida State
Is it all just chatter? Perhaps. But Texas A&M already appears well on its way to joining the SEC, and if Oklahoma and Oklahoma State pull out of the Big 12, too, the rest of the schools in that conference will start looking for a lifeboat.
And the ACC might just be able to provide that.