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The Athletic’s Staples: Conference realignment is a brutal business, which is why the Big Ten should consider plundering its old pal, the Pac-12 –

If you’re trying to figure out what the Power 5 leagues will be after this round of realignment, you’re already incorrect.If you’re trying to figure out how the deck will be shuffled during this round of realignment to position 16 teams in the four wealthiest conferences, you’re also wrong.
When the second group wins, the first group is frequently astonished. We’re about to find out where the new people fit into these groupings.
Last year, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren was hired to replace Jim Delany, who had transformed the conference into the richest in the country.
George Kliavkoff, the Pac-12 commissioner, joined the league last month from MGM Resorts, and his short sample size so far only confirms that he carried his sense of humor with him.Both commissioners now face new ground as Oklahoma and Texas prepare to make a sequence of maneuvers that should land them in the SEC.
The Super League might evolve from something we half-joked about when a number of professional soccer clubs sought to create one to a very real possibility if the SEC doesn’t want to stop at 16 members.Warren, as the leader of the only league that can still compete with the new SEC on the balance sheet, has a significant chance if he wishes.
Kliavkoff is the leader of the Power 5 conference, which is ranked No. 1 in the world.
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