The Pac-12 approached the Big Ten in March according to a report on ESPN and said several of its members had reservations about a mandatory scheduling agreement.
Ultimately, at least four Pac-12 schools decided they would not accept mandatory scheduling, says ESPN, which did not identify the schools or cite sources. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany acknowledged in a statement the strategic collaboration "will not be consummated."
The original deal in December was to step up interconference scheduling, cross-promote on respective television networks and set up academic and cultural exchanges.
By 2017, each team's nonconference football schedule was to include one game against a team from the other league, tying the conferences to one another throughout the regular season and in all sports, though football and basketball were the primary focus.
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