The Aztecs and Mustangs edge closer to Power 5 conference integration.
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San Diego, CA- Ever so patiently, San Diego State University awaits a formal invitation from Commissioner George Kliavkoff on behalf of the Pac-12 conference.
Recent media coverage suggests that the decision to integrate both San Diego State and Southern Methodist University is shifting from "highly probable" to "near certain," following the news of Pac-12 university presidents voting for Kliavkoff to move move forward on expansion plans.
There's a big advantage to negotiating a collective media deal for twelve teams as opposed to ten, as Kliavkoff previously declared, so the decision to bring on SDSU and SMU has moved to the front burner in recent days. 78 televised football games is, without question, a better financial proposition than just 65.
Because of it, Kliavkoff appears to be disposing of the back-door, secretive conversations normally leading up to expansion, and has recently been seen publicly rubbing elbows in SMU hospitality suites, as well as traversing SDSU's campus while visiting the dazzling new Snapdragon Stadium; the electric Viejas Arena, and commemorative Tony Gwynn Stadium, where the Aztecs hold court for baseball and softball.
San Diego State, if invited, would likely pay the Mountain West Conference handsomely for early exodus, to position itself to make the jump as early as 2024, at the same time that UCLA and Stanford will chase the dollars into the Big Ten conference, and begin the ongoing, cross-country volley that will soon be known as "normal conference play." How that plays out long term we will most surely see.
If the rigors of travel ware on the Bruins and Trojans and subsequently impact their ability to play competitively, you never quite know what will happen in the future. In the meantime, however, the Pac-12 must move onward and upward. Wouldn't it be something if the Aztecs performed better in Football and Basketball than expected? If they outperformed the teams moving to the Big Ten?
It's not out of the realm of possibility, when considering SDSU's overall track record over the past decade.
The real question is: is this FanPost some kind of proposition? Or is it merely a nod to the future for Pacific Takes as the Aztecs phase into the Pac-12? Maybe it's both.