Oregon State and Wazzu could attempt to rebuild Pac-12 into full-fledged conference

Washington State v Oregon State
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Oregon State and Wazzu could attempt to rebuild the Pac-12 following a mass exodus of schools to the Big Ten (USC, UCLA, Washington, Oregon), the Big 12 (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, ASU), and the ACC (Cal, Stanford) this coming academic calendar according to The Portland Tribune's Isaac Streeter.

"I've written a previous column about how this could work and much of my thinking stems from how both Washington State and Oregon State reps have talked about the conference," Streeter prefaced before saying, "They continue to use the phrasing 'Pac-12' as well as the desire to compete at the Power Five level, indicating to me a 12-team conference that carries the name. 

"I think both programs are going to give it the ole' college try (pun intended) to reassemble the conference to the best of their ability and at the highest level of competition they can. If they aren't able to do that, I think integration into a conference like the ACC, Big 12 or Mountain West would be in play."

Oregon State and Wazzu could be part of ACC contingency plan if rebuilding Pac-12 goes awry

If the Pac-12 rebuilding project, which would most certainly include destroying/merging with the Mountain West and bringing on their flagship schools like San Diego State, Boise State, UNLV, Colorado State, and Fresno State, among others, goes awry, there's reportedly a Plan B.

PressBox DC's Jim Williams reports that Memphis, Tulane, Wazzu, Oregon State, UConn, and USF can join the ACC as a contingency plan to keep the now all-corners-of-the-map Atlantic Coast Conference alive.

What's a more likely scenario, you may ask? Probably Oregon State and Wazzu joining the ACC.

George Kliavkoff was largely ineffective as a conference commissioner and didn't get the Pac-12 the necessary TV contract to survive mass conference realignment. Meanwhile, James J. Phillips got the ACC in business with ESPN.