Do you remember The Alliance? The supposed pact between the Big Ten, Pac-12, and ACC? It was thought at the time that it meant the Ohio State football team would schedule fewer games against the SEC and the Big 12. Little did we know that it would end up meaning nothing.
The Alliance was nothing more than a farce. The Big Ten certainly had no intention of honoring it as we found out later. It was just a way to keep the Pac-12 from freaking out after the SEC grabbed Texas and Oklahoma from the Big Ten. It was also never in writing, so it never set any concrete rules.
With the demise of the Pac-12, it’s clear that trust was never something they should’ve relied on. The Big Ten is made up of administrators that are out for themselves and their own conference. They don’t care about what happens to anyone outside of their program’s bubble.
That was a big mistake on the Pac-12’s part. Now there are issues within the ACC as well. Schools are talking about how bad the TV deal is within that conference and Florida State even broached the subject of leaving the conference to go elsewhere because of that.
In case you didn’t know before, there is no loyalty at the top in college sports. There is only greed and money. Leaders of these institutions will only ever care about how to line their pockets with more money. Nothing more and nothing less. If conference expansion teaches you nothing else, it should teach you this.
The Alliance will go down as nothing more than a footnote in the history of college football. It will be largely forgotten in ten years. By that time, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are just two conferences with 24 teams each. The Ohio State football program remains in good shape though.