Kliavkoff: Pac-12 expansion not required
Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff doesn't believe his conference needs to expand during the latest round of realignment.
"Given our investments in football and men's basketball and historic combination of other sports, we do not think expansion is required to continue to compete and to thrive," Kliavkoff said, according to J. Brady McCullough of the Los Angeles Times.
"That said, the fallout from Texas and Oklahoma gives an opportunity to once again consider expansion. We've already had significant inbound interest from other schools."
The commissioner said he believes Texas and Oklahoma's pending move from the Big 12 to SEC is beneficial for the Pac-12 by making it the only Power 5 conference touting teams in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.
Kliavkoff reportedly declined to comment on if Texas Tech reached out about possibly joining the Pac-12.
With the SEC poised to increase to 16 members and the Big 12 dwindling to eight schools, the Pac-12 commish doesn't see "any risk to staying at 12 teams," according to John Wilner of The Mercury News.
Kliavkoff reportedly called the potential for a scheduling alliance with another Power 5 conference "an interesting opportunity."
The commissioner said the Pac-12 will make its decisions going forward with the intention of getting more playoff appearances and winning national championships, according to The Athletic's Stewart Mandel.