Friday afternoon saw plenty of conference realignment talk after the Austin Statesman reported that the Big 12 was looking into an alliance with the ACC, and possibly two other leagues. The basics of said “alliance” would revolve around basketball and football scheduling, plus bowl partnerships and (most importantly) television negotiations.
It goes without saying just how important this could potentially be for the ACC’s long-term success and survival. And according to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, this could even be a move to avoid further conference expansion:
“‘If anything, it’s the opposite,” Bowlsby said. “You can begin to get some advantages without taking on any of the disadvantages (of expansion). It’s one option that allows benefits. It’s kind of like friends with benefits.'”
There’s plenty more details and hypotheticals we could go over here — what it means, how this could potentially work, and even what this has to do with the Big Ten — however, I’ve already done so over at SB Nation’s Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician. So for further information, head on over there. If there’s further movement on this front, I’ll be sure to provide updates here.