Conference realignment

Conference Realignment: A History Lesson

This isn't the first time college football has gone through major changes.
<p> This isn't the first time college football has gone through major changes.</p>

This article on college football realignment originally appeared in our 1998 college football annual. As the college football landscape continues to go through realignment and the whispers of superconferences are still heard (despite the PAC-12's decision to not expand right now), we can learn about the current state of college football by looking back at its history.

The Future of College Football

--by Tony Barnhart

Missouri Tigers Get Offer From the SEC

Missouri reportedly has an offer on the table to join the SEC as its 14th member.
<p> Missouri reportedly has an offer on the table to join the SEC as its 14th member.</p>

The SEC has already unofficially secured Texas A&M from the Big 12 – could Missouri be next? The Kansas City Star is reporting Missouri has been extended an offer to join the SEC. However, the Tigers aren’t ready to act on the offer and are waiting to see what happens with the Big 12.

SEC and ACC Says No to West Virginia

West Virginia has been turned down by the SEC and ACC for conference membership.
<p> West Virginia has been turned down by the SEC and ACC for conference membership.</p>

There are still several dominos to fall in college football’s great realignment of 2011, but the picture is starting to clear just a bit. West Virginia has been rumored as a potential candidate for SEC or ACC expansion over the past few weeks, but it appears that talk can quiet down. According to CBSSports.com Brett McMurphy, West Virginia officials have indicated they have been turned down by the SEC and ACC for membership.

Doomsday for the Big 12?

Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech could be joining the Pac-16.
<p> Barring a miracle, the Big 12 is in jeopardy of breaking apart.&nbsp;</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

With the news Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are inching closer to joining the Pac-12, the writing is on the wall for the death of the Big 12. Some issues need to be worked out, namely how the Longhorn Network will work with the Pac-12's current television plan.

Barring a miracle by commissioner Dan Beebe or the Pac-12 not approving expansion, the Big 12 is finished.

What if Notre Dame Joined the Big Ten in 1999?

How much different could college football look if the Irish were members of the Big Ten?
<p> How could college football look different today if Notre Dame joined the Big Ten in 1999?</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

Conference Realignment's Winners and Losers

The landscape of college football changed on July 1.

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

With conference realignment becoming official on July 1, the landscape of college football has changed. Athlon takes a look at the winners, losers and the incomplete grades from the historic college football expansion.

Winners

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<p> After the last year's summer of conference realignment, July 1 represents a change across the college football landscape. Athlon takes a look at the winners and losers from expansion.</p>
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