TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: The Florida State Seminoles mascot cheers before a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Here we go again y'all. Big conferences wheeling and dealing.
The latest rounds of conference TV deals were announced, and both the Big 12 and the ACC received television deals. The Big 12's was relatively sweet, although not quite as delectable as the one the Pac-12 got (and considering the future inflow from the TV network, it'll run a distant second).
The ACC's is much lower, and Florida State is not at all happy with its latest deal.
It's gotten so dire, the Seminoles are looking toward the West at the Big 12. Yes, the very same Big 12 that looked all but dead a few months ago could be on the verge of scoring another huge addition to their conference and further bolstering their profile.
With the Big 12 looking like it's approaching steady footing (at least compared to everyone else) and the ACC suddenly nearing Apocalypse Now, the Pac-12 members sit back and watch the chaos unfold.
The conference can count their revenue streams and get set for the first year of their new television network, and the members of the Pac have to feel pretty happy that they're settling down in one of the three most stable conferences in the country. There will be no one threatening to exit the league, no one too disappointed with the huge swaths of revenue that will soon be flowing into each athletic department's coffers.
The drawback to the lack of change for the Pac-12 is that the unfolding chaos will probably ensure that a Pac-16 won't be happening for quite some time, as the Big 12 seems to have righted the ship for the near future. That means the conference won't become the superpower that dictates terms to the rest of college sports. However, it also could have very well been the case that Texas would be the ones dictating things and making life very uncomfortable for everyone else.
In short, the Pac-12 will be sitting 2012 expansion talks out and get prepared for a long, sustainable, and hopefully healthy situation that benefits all conference members in a positive fashion.