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Report: Big Ten Considered Pitt in Expansion Last Summer

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The ACC expanded over the summer, likely putting to bed the idea of the conference splitting up any time soon, but conference realignment will continue to be a topic of contention for the foreseeable future.

Pitt appears to be locked into the ACC for quite a while now, especially with additional money coming into the conference from the additions of Cal, Stanford and SMU and a very expensive cost of breaking the Grant-of-Rights agreement, but the Panthers were reportedly considered for expansion.

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Ross Dellenger, Pitt was included on a list of “attainable” programs that the Big Ten considered for potential expansion in the summer of 2022, alongside Arizona, Cal, Clemson, Florida State, Kansas, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Oregon, Stanford, Virginia and Washington.

“We had this list of schools and went through it with the chancellors and presidents,” a conference official who wished to remain anonymous told Dellenger. “Kevin (Warren) wanted them [Oregon and Washington] to come in with USC and UCLA, but for whatever reason, the L.A. schools didn’t want to create a West Coast pod. He wasn’t able to convince them.”

Dellenger further reported that many of the candidates on the shortlist reached out to the Big Ten, but he did not clarify explicitly which schools did.

USC and UCLA kicked off the Big Ten expansion last summer, and it took another year, but eventually, Oregon and Washington followed. It followed with the Pac-12 imploding — Cal and Stanford heading to the ACC and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah going to the Big 12.

With the ACC locked in now, it doesn’t appear as though any members will be going anywhere in the near future. And new members will be joining next summer.

Cal, Stanford and SMU will begin ACC play in the 2024 season, in all sports, and all three have agreed to unequal revenue sharing. According to The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel, Cal and Stanford will receive 30% in the first seven years, 70% in the eighth year, 75% in the ninth year and 100% in the last three years.

SMU will receive no revenue shares over the first nine years, ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported.

That revenue will be circulated back into the ACC, with all 14 previous full-time members and Notre Dame receiving a reported $50-60 million — and additional revenue able to be earned through winning.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Denny
Denny
9 months ago

The landscape of college athletics is changing for the worst. The era of greedy schools and conferences is now upon us, and it will only get worse. I, for one, am not ready for this. The Big 10.and SEC started this mess.

Taz
Taz
9 months ago
Reply to  Denny

Don’t forget Pitt came from Big East!!

Fjb
Fjb
9 months ago

PSU would NEVER vote to allow Pitt to Join the B10.

Sandusky’s Cellmate
Sandusky’s Cellmate
9 months ago
Reply to  Fjb

It doesn’t matter. They get only one vote…

J Jenkins
J Jenkins
7 months ago
Reply to  Fjb

That’s what Tex A&M said about U of TX joining the SEC. Didn’t work for the Aggies.

Last edited 7 months ago by J Jenkins
TMG
TMG
9 months ago

If they had their own Football Stadium they’d have already rcvd the call.

It’s a running joke now.

kevin
kevin
9 months ago
Reply to  TMG

Actually, PSU is, AND WILL ALWAYS BE, the running joke – and will forever be tainted by one man (JERRY SANDUSKY)!
H2P!!!

Sam
Sam
9 months ago
Reply to  kevin

Joe knew…and did nothing!

Joe
Joe
9 months ago
Reply to  kevin

But Pitt will always be the ugly stepchild, always a second tier to PSU. Enjoy your table scraps and be quiet

kevin
kevin
9 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Keep quite like Joe did for decades???

Section 122
Section 122
9 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Enjoy another 3rd place finish behind OSU and UM.

David Murphy
David Murphy
9 months ago
Reply to  TMG

That’s not the issue – stadium. Hence Rutgers. TV market is the issue

Dennis
Dennis
9 months ago
Reply to  David Murphy

The B1G has been adding prestige teams in combination with that team adding eyeballs that will watch the B1G. Pitt would not add enough new eyeballs for them to be seriously considered.

Dixon
Dixon
9 months ago
Reply to  TMG

Pretty sure UCLA plays their home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Maybe someone should inform the B10 so they can reconsider their offer to that running joke of a program.

Brad
Brad
9 months ago

Would’ve loved to seen West Virginia join Big 10

J Jenkins
J Jenkins
7 months ago
Reply to  Brad

We have better odds of winning the Big 12.

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