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Pac-12 won't pursue expansion 'at this time'

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The Pac-12 announced Thursday that it won't attempt to expand its membership.

"Following consultation with our presidents, chancellors, and athletic directors, the Pac-12 Conference has made the decision to not pursue expansion of our membership at this time," the statement read.

"This decision was made following extensive internal discussion and analysis, and is based on the current competitive strength and cohesiveness of our 12 universities. It is also grounded in our confidence in our ability as a conference to best support our student-athletes and to grow and thrive both academically and athletically."

On Tuesday, the Pac-12 announced an alliance with the ACC and Big Ten to collaborate on scheduling and other issues, including postseason formats and the future structure of the NCAA.

Following Oklahoma's and Texas' decisions to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, there had been speculation that the Pac-12 could potentially add any of the Big 12 teams that remained in the conference.

Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff said last week that "a lot" of teams had reached out about joining.

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