Over the course of the last two weeks, the rumor mill has been going off in full force regarding conference realignment. Mid-morning Tuesday, the latest rumor came to fruition.
According to The Athletic, sources to the media site stated that Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby was set to meet with Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff. The parties are rumored to be meeting in hopes of potentially develop a strategy and working relationship given the current changes hitting college athletics.
With Texas and Oklahoma set to depart from the Big 12 in 2025, the conference would be left with just eight times and be quite literally left behind as the SEC takes its dominance to the next level. The two teams bring in roughly half of the television revenue for the conference, so the loss brings the conference a future financial gut punch that will need to be rectified.
The meeting could leave both conferences with several different options to explore going forward: future scheduling alignment and a potential merger of the two conferences being the main options swirling around the internet.
While there is much speculation occurring near constantly, the potential for a merger or a scheduling alignment between the two conference highlights the strain that will be put on the West Virginia Mountaineers should their current conference chose to align with a conference whose footprint is thousands of miles from Morgantown.