When Larry Scott and Jim Delany start thinking, WATCH OUT! This collaborative effort between conferences is borderline genius, and I'm sure- soon enough, other conferences will seek to obtain similar alliances and agreements.
The two things I like most about this development is:
1. Both conferences were adamant in scheduling "Olympic Sports" in this deal. It is incumbent upon all athletes in both conferences that this was done- as collectively, our conferences have sent close to 17,000 athletes spread over 550 different teams to the Olympics in years past.
2. Larry Scott's quotes regarding BCS Championships as it pertains to the football teams of both conferences. To wit, heightened competition in football will probably not help either conference win more national championships under the current BCS rankings system- due to the quality of teams in both the Pac 12 and Big 10. Our "non-conference" or "Out-of-conference" scheduling will be upgraded in the future. Here's what Larry had to say, "If that was the only goal we probably wouldn't do this. Under the current system that's a fair observation. The best way to win the national title is to game the system. We've got broader goals. We think of it more holistically."