Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC Discuss Possible Alliance

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ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports Friday night that the Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC were in early talks of forming an alliance that could be built around scheduling but possibly other areas.

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Commissioners George Kliavkoff (Pac-12), Kevin Warren (Big Ten) and Jim Phillips (ACC) have been in regular communication, Rittenberg noted.

"I've been in frequent and regular contact with all of the other A5 commissioners the last few weeks about the four or five complex issues that are facing our industry," Kliavkoff told ESPN on Friday night. "Anything beyond that is just speculation, and I can't comment on it."

Sources said the Big 12 is not currently included in discussions surrounding an alliance with other Power 5 conferences.

Athletic directors in two of the leagues discussing an alliance told ESPN that nonconference scheduling likely would be the focus, but that there aren't many details yet.

- Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com

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