College football season is quickly approaching and the Pac-12 Conference is in a bit of a weird place.
The USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins are due to leave for the Big Ten in 2024. Additionally, the Pac-12 is currently figuring out a new TV deal.
Additionally, rumors are that other programs are trying to leave for different conferences as well.
However, it sounds like the Pac-12 is shaking things up that could garner plenty of interest amongst college football fans.
According to Heather Dinich, the Pac-12 conference will feature “enhanced in-game and pre-game access during CFB broadcasts this fall, including in-game HC interviews and having select coaches and players wear mics during pre-game activities.”
The @pac12 will provide enhanced in-game and pre-game access during CFB broadcasts this fall, including in-game HC interviews and having select coaches and players wear mics during pre-game activities. Currently the only FBS league doing this in CFB. Announcement expected soon
— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) May 18, 2023
This will be going into effect at the start of the 2023 season.
Clearly, this is an attempt to keep eyes watching games this season and beyond. It’s not hard to imagine other conferences follow this same idea either.
Especially considering the Big-12 has openly pondered the same idea, per Sports Business Journal.
Even though the future of the conference is a bit grim, the Pac-12 is doing everything possible to remain relevant.
And there’s still plenty to be excited about. Deion Sanders could change the college football landscape with the Colorado Buffaloes. On top of that, the Oregon Ducks and Utah Utes are still recognized as legitimate football programs.
Now, fans will have more inside access with each team within the Pac-12. If it’s successful, we could be seeing this become the new norm across the nation.