The Associated Press reports the Big Ten and Pac-12 are backing out of their agreement to schedule games against each other in every sport:
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says the league recently learned from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott that coordinating a non-conference football schedule for 24 teams across two leagues was too complicated to pull off. He noted the Pac-12′s nine-game conference schedule and previous non-conference commitments.
Scott says in a joint statement released Friday that the Pac-12 wants to maintain its nine-game conference schedule while keeping as much flexibility in out-of-conference scheduling as possible.
Scott says the two leagues will continue a close relationship, including their long-standing partnership with the Rose Bowl.
It’s odd that the two conferences just now figured out that it would be a logistical nightmare to schedule games in every sport for schools in conferences on different sides of the country. Maybe it’s because the Pac-12 has two more teams than the Big Ten. (…)
For background purposes, we were pleased with the concept when they announced it in December.