On Friday, the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced that the collaboration created by the two conferences in December will have to be dissolved due to football scheduling conflicts by several teams in the Pac-12. Starting in 2017, the proposal would have had the two conferences play 12 games per year, with the central focus of the deal being a round-robin football schedule.
However, teams in the Pac-12 were concerned about having to play a daunting schedule of that nature and the heads of the conference voiced the concern to the Big Ten in March.
Now, the deal is suspended.
"We are disappointed to announce today that the Big Ten/Pac-12 strategic collaboration announced jointly in December 2011 unfortunately will not be consummated," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. "We recently learned from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott that the complications associated with coordinating a nonconference football schedule for 24 teams across two conferences proved to be too difficult. Those complications, among other things, included the Pac-12's nine-game conference schedule and previous nonconference commitments.
With the partnership dissolved, the Big Ten will potentially increase the amount conference games from eight to nine.
Jim Delany in May: "If we hadn’t done the collaboration, we’d do 9(-game league season). If we do the collaboration, we’ll do 8"— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) July 13, 2012