The newfound “alliance” between the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 appeared to be in a direct response to the SEC’s Oklahoma and Texas additions. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey doesn’t appear to be worried, though.
Sankey lit the college football world on fire earlier this summer when the SEC announced it is plucking the Longhorns and Sooners out of the Big 12. That didn’t make the other Power Five conferences very happy. One might argue it’s what prompted the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 commissioners to meet together and discuss strategies to combat the SEC itself.
The “alliance” is what the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 came up with. It will focus on scheduling teams from the three respective conferences against each other in football and women’s and men’s basketball. Will it be enough to dethrone the SEC? Probably not.
The SEC commissioner released a statement in response to the alliance on Tuesday. It doesn’t sound like he’s very worried.
“We have respect for each of our conference colleagues and look forward to our future collaborations. I believe we remain unified by our shared beliefs around the positive impact college sports has on the lives of student-athletes and throughout our communities. In the SEC, we are proud of our collective academic commitment and athletics accomplishments and look forward to continuing to offer our student-athletes great educational and championship opportunities in the years ahead.”
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey on The Alliance: pic.twitter.com/BBqR9ziv2w
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) August 24, 2021
The “alliance” didn’t prompt the intended excitement most were expecting. A scheduling agreement won’t do much to turn the tide in favor of the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12. But there is a silver lining here – the three Power Five conferences are working together.
College football is changing as we currently know it. The SEC appeared to be pulling most of the strings behind the curtain. But the “alliance” could now present strong opposition to certain ideals the SEC would like to push.
Greg Sankey shouldn’t be worried. The SEC will continue to be king. But he should take note of how the other Power Five conference leaders are responding and what their messaging means for the SEC.
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