Report: The American Athletic Conference Has Reached Out To Oregon State


With the unknown future of the Pac-12, Oregon State has to keep all of their options open.

According to Eric Prisbell of On3 Sports, The American Athletic Conference is interested in adding OSU, or any of the four remaining Pac-12 schools to their conference.

“We would be a good landing spot for those schools given our existing ESPN deal, which has a strong linear component, along with our major cities and institutional profiles,” one source told Prisbell.

It’s an interesting thought. Now that Oregon and Washington are heading to the Big 10, it certainly seems as if there are no geographical lines anymore in college football. The American Athletic Conference has had success in both football and basketball. In 2021, Cincinnati made the College Football Playoff. In 2020-21, Houston made the final four after defeating Oregon State in the Elite 8. Now both of those schools are in the Big 12.

Which makes one wonder — if Oregon State has success in the AAC, could they potentially find themselves in a bigger conference down the road?

There has been a thought that the Pac-12 is looking for other schools to join their conference. That doesn’t seem likely that any AAC schools would be interested in joining the Pac-12. A merger with another conference like the Mountain West is not said to be in play at the moment due to many complicating factors. Instead, the AAC is focused on potentially adding Pac-12 schools which would eliminate the conference entirely.

It’s unknown what Oregon State, Washington State, Stanford and Cal want to do. But it has been a tough couple of days for fans of those schools.

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