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Washington State president: ‘Predatory’ SEC has unified other conferences

Mark Heim
AL.com
Washington State president Kirk Schulz said there's no rush for the Pac-12 to counter the SEC taking on Texas and Oklahoma last week.

A common enemy unites, even in the world of college football expansion.

Washington State’s Kirk Schulz didn’t hold back Tuesday when talking about the Pac-12′s future in light of Texas and Oklahoma accepting invitations to join the SEC, forever changing the landscape of the sport.

“What the SEC has done is unify the other conferences in a way that nothing else could have, in terms of working together,” Schulz said, per the Mercury News. “A lot of people now are very concerned about the predatory nature of the SEC. More presidents are talking. There’s a lot of back and forth.”

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Except, he said, there is no rush to counter the SEC’s move. Even with reports that Texas and Oklahoma reached out to the Southeastern Conference, not the other way around, it is clear Schulz didn’t take kindly to the monumental shift in the conference dynamic.

Still, he said what was once panic has now turned into open dialogue across conferences, adding that “institutional fit” and “closing the revenue gap” are just a couple of factors to consider when discussing potential additional members to the league.

“If we add teams just to try to keep up with somebody else but those teams don’t grow our revenue base, do we really need to add them?” he asked.

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Schulz is no stranger to realignment. He was the president at Kansas State when the Big 12 lost Colorado, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Missouri a decade ago.

“I called (Pac-12 Commissioner) George (Kliavkoff) and told him that I’ve been through it before. I wanted to make sure we weren’t sitting on the sideline. And he said, ‘I have six options for us.’

“He’s thinking deeply about these things. Should we be in the acquisition mode? Should we look to add members? Should they be football-only members? Should we consider a schedule alliance?”

Schulz, however, didn’t share what those six options were.