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Conference Realignment and Expansion Tracker: The Latest From the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12 & Beyond

Who’s in, who’s out? Keep it locked on Boardroom for the most important conference expansion moves revolutionizing the landscape of college sports.

We already knew that as it relates to amateur athletics, college football is king. Once Texas and Oklahoma shocked the world in announcing it would bail on the Big 12 and transform the SEC into a true, first-of-its-kind super-conference, however, an unprecedented era was upon us.

And have you gotten a load of the last several months? Folks, the Pac-12 might be dead. Like, no vital signs, rigor mortis, no longer fogging up handmirrors. Fully peaced-out.

That’s simply how fascinating and outrageous the ever-shifting landscape of NCAA athletics has become. The insanity out on the left coast isn’t the only remarkable thing taking place in the world of college football conference expansion, however.

So, with so much happening so fast, what are the moves and moments to know as we try (and probably fail) to catch our collective breaths?

From the Big Ten and Big 12 to the SEC, ACC, and beyond, check out Boardroom’s conference realignment tracker below, keeping tabs on all the latest arrivals and departures from coast to coast.

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Conference Realignment in College Football 2023-24

Big Ten Expansion: The Bicoastal Super-conference

Schools joining Big Ten in 2024 via Pac-12

Big Ten realignment notes

Big 12 Expansion: Keeping Up With the Big Boys

Schools that joined Big 12 in 2023

  • BYU (via Mountain West)
  • Cincinnati (via AAC)
  • Houston (via AAC)
  • UCF (via AAC)

Schools joining Big 12 in 2024 via Pac-12

  • Arizona
  • Arizona State
  • Colorado
  • Utah

Big 12 realignment notes

  • Colorado will re-join the Big 12 in 2024-25 after previously departing the conference for the Pac-12 in 2011.

SEC Expansion: The Once and Future King

Schools joining SEC in 2024 via Big 12

SEC realignment notes

  • The Sooners and Longhorns originally agreed to depart the Big 12 for the SEC in 2025. They subsequently agreed to increased buyouts with the conference in order to fast-track their big leaps to 2024.

Pac-12 Realignment: The End is Nigh

Remaining Pac-12 member schools

  • Cal
  • Oregon State
  • Stanford
  • Washington State

Pac-12 realignment/expansion notes

  • The major exodus from the Pac-12 was exacerbated by a media rights deal focused on Apple TV that fell apart in late July.
  • Various recent reports note future possibilities including a merger with the Mountain West, the American Athletic Conference (AAC) picking off at least one remaining Pac-12 school, or engaging in some manner of an alliance with the ACC.

ACC Realignment: Fork in the (Tobacco) Road

  • ACC expansion has not taken place as of this writing, nor have any members departed.
  • In May 2023, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, NC State, North Carolina, Virginia, and Virginia Tech reportedly looked into legal routes toward potentially breaking their “grant of rights” agreement with the conference that gives the ACC sole broadcast privileges over each school’s home games.

Other conference expansion and realignment moves

  • Six schools joined the AAC from Conference USA in 2023: Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB, and UT-San Antonio.

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Sam Dunn
Sam Dunn
Sam Dunn is the Managing Editor of Boardroom. Before joining the team, he was an editor and multimedia talent for several sports and culture verticals at Minute Media and an editor, reporter, and site manager at SB Nation. A specialist in content strategy, copywriting, and SEO, he has additionally worked as a digital consultant in the corporate services, retail, and tech industries. He cannot be expected to be impartial on any matter regarding the Florida Gators or Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter @RealFakeSamDunn.