When the Pac-12 experienced one mass emigration By early August, only four teams remained committed to the conference beyond 2023-24.
oregon State, WashingtonStanford and California are all that remains of the once storied conference as UCLA, USC, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State and Utah prepare for their final seasons in the Pac-12.
The future of the conference is up in the air as rumors swirl that Stanford and Cal could join the ACC.
For Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes, the preservation of the Pac-12 is the focus.
“For us, again, keeping the Pac-12 is our priority,” Barnes told The Athletic in a question-and-answer session. “We believe it is in the best interests of our student athletes and our fans to rebuild the Pac-12. We engaged in every conversation imaginable, every possible conversation at the Power 5 level. And I’d say that’s our best option.” rebuilds the Pac-12.
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“Of course there are (group of 5) options. But that is not our priority.”
Barnes said the state of Oregon has worked “very closely” with him remaining four schools, and he had “personal contact” with the universities.
After Oregon and Washington announced their move to the Big Ten, Barnes said he was “angry” watching the Pac-12 collapse.
“The great history and tradition of this conference has been severely damaged. The best interests of student athletes were not served. Traveling to the East Coast multiple times a year is not in the best interest of student athletes,” Barnes said, according to Oregon Live.
“I’m angry because it puts this university and our student-athletes at risk. Damage has been done that we need to mitigate.”
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A few weeks after the move, Barnes appears to have focused on figuring out the future of Oregon State athletics.
“Part of the success I’ve had has been because my highs aren’t too high and my lows aren’t too low. So we immediately turned to solution-based (thinking). We put all our energy into it.” is to find solutions to our problem. We could linger and continue to be angry. We’re channeling that energy towards solutions,” Barnes told The Athletic.
While the Pac-12 has enjoyed great success over the past year, the Football season 2023 because the conference looks promising.
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The Pac-12 have five teams in the AP Top 25, including Oregon State at No. 18. The Beavers are coming off their first ten-win season since 2006 and are 10-3 in Jonathan Smith’s fifth year as head coach.
Oregon State opens the season September 3 against San Jose State.