Pac-12 Conference expansion, realignment: ‘Impending sense of doom’

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Some former Pac-12 football coaches don't have a good feeling about the future of the conference.

Arizona and Arizona State coaches often don’t agree on much.

But a former Sun Devils coach and a former Wildcats coach have found common ground in their worry about the state of the conference they used to coach in.

Dennis Erickson, who coached Arizona State from  2007-2011 and Rich Rodriguez, who coached Arizona from 2012-2017, were among several former Pac-12 football coaches quoted in a recent CBS Sports story questioning the future of the conference amid the league’s inability to land a new media rights deal and amid swirling college conference realignment speculation.

“What is to stop Oregon and Washington from going to the Big Ten, from Arizona and Arizona State going to the Big 12?” Rodriguez, now the coach at Jacksonville State, told CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd in the story. “I would think they’re teetering on the brink right now.”

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