On Friday, the Pac-12 welcomed its newest member to the conference. They don’t quite fit the geography of the Great American West, nor do they fit with the Pac-12 rigorous academic reputation (excluding Arizona State), nor does this program contribute any champions to the Conference of Champions.
Welcome, University of Arkansas Little Rock.
Little Rock, unfortunately, is only associated with the Pac-12 in one sport, and that’s wrestling. They did not jump from the Sun Belt in any of their other sports, so bad news for Oregon State on still having to be the worst football team in the conference. Before adding the Trojans — now the best Trojans in the conference — the Pac-12 had only five members for wrestling after Boise State discontinued their program in 2017. The others are Arizona State, Oregon State, Stanford, Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly.
Apropos of nothing, here is a list of other schools who would be a delight to add to the conference:
Texas Longhorns, football
Gonzaga Bulldogs, basketball
Long Beach State 49ers, baseball
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, gymnastics
Montana State Bulldogs, skiing
Nairobi Wapiganaji, cross country
Naropa Cheetahs, yoga
Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves, deep sea fishing
University of Phoenix, dancing in the kitchen
Lewis & Clark Pioneers, screaming into the void until it screams back
American University in Cairo, wishing to pursue a noble cause but not knowing if you will ever make a difference in this fucked up world
Boise State Broncos, football