Social media reactions of Arizona Wildcats leaving the Pac-12 for the Big 12

A day we will never forget.

What were you doing on Friday when you learned Arizona officially joined the Big 12 along with ASU and Utah, perhaps bringing about the demise of the Pac-12?

Some in social media have tried to boost their business and identity through hyping all the expansion rumors, even if some of those rumors were not true.

Give people what they want no matter what — similar to acting like you’re throwing a bone for a dog to run after, and the dog realizes nothing was thrown, yet still comes back for the bone salivating.

Now what will people chew on?

Two more Big 12 schools to make it 18 members?

Perhaps San Diego State will bring a piece of the Southern California market?

Maybe Oregon State and Washington State could still hop on to this Big 12 Bandwagon (as was suggested in a Tweet on Friday).

What would conference realignment be without Twitter and social media?

Here is a collection of some of the many tweets regarding today’s news of Arizona, ASU and Utah officially headed to Utah as well as it being a done-deal that Oregon and Washington joined the Big Ten (reuniting with USC and UCLA even though they are still in the same conference presently).

From an Arizona perspective: From Ricky Hunley to Lute Olson to Sean Elliott to Dick Tomey … so long Conference of Champions.

Make that three times now that Arizona was forced to persuade Arizona State from making the right move to another conference with them — Border Conference to WAC, WAC to Pac-10 and now Pac-12 to Big 12.

Yes, this is a view you won’t see in Manhattan, Kansas.

The drama of it all …

Just don’t complain about kickoffs before noon. That’s much better than having to stay awake past midnight for a game to finish.

Oregon vs. Washington rivalry will become that much more intense.

Big 12 basketball tournament at Las Vegas? The question is not will it happen, it’s when will it happen?

Arizona will still be able to recruit California, including talent-rich Southern California, but it sure would be nice for the fan base there and for the exposure to still have games in that area.

Don’t know about you but I’m kinda interested if Bob Huggins will be coaching Kriisa in this game.

Softball and baseball greatly affected with a majority of the schools leaving the West coast to play most of their games in a season. Remember, many of Arizona’s softball recruits come from California.

Imagine seeing this 10 years ago as a prediction …

Pause to think about those who are adversely affected by this and are not excited about what an Arizona-Baylor football game could bring.

The traditionalist that I am, I’d rather watch UCLA play Arizona at McKale, but, hey, having Kansas come to Tucson is not bad either.

The Pac-12 for years wanted to isolate itself because it was proud of being entirely research universities that offer Ph.D.s in various disciplines. That’s all well and good but you can be that way and also broaden your horizon in the scope of college athletics.

This all trails to Larry Scott’s ineptitude to make the Pac-12 a bigger brand because of missed opportunities due to an arrogance of “everything is okay because we are the Pac-12.”

BYU vs. Arizona was a significant rivalry in the WAC about 50 years ago. Hello, old friend. Same goes for Texas Tech and the Border Conference days. Nice to see you again, Red Raiders.

Time and again, Arizona president Robert C. Robbins voiced his support of Arizona remaining in the Pac-12 and keeping the conference together, but he had no choice with the Pac-12 not achieving a lucrative media-rights deal. No-brainer.

ASU president Michael Crow and AD Ray Anderson finally came around as well, following Robbins’ lead.

Replace those games with UCLA, USC, Oregon and Washington!

Off to a new frontier of dining possibilities. Bar-B-Q, anyone?


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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