ACC Alliance Updates: Announcement expected Aug. 24

Following weeks of discussions, which ACC commissioner Jim Phillips deemed as “high level,” the alliance between the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 is expected to be announced Tuesday, Aug. 24. Nicole Auberbach of The Athletic has the latest.

The announcement will focus on three critical elements: College Football Playoff expansion, NCAA governance concerns and football scheduling, which could be a thornier issue to navigate. (Complicating those matters: a lack of available non-conference scheduling dates for several ACC programs, for at least the next 5-6 years.)

Of course, all of this has to do with combating the SEC, which continues to consolidate power. That concern became more evident in recent weeks when Texas and Oklahoma, two Big 12 stalwarts and key money-makers, unanimously accepted an invitation to the SEC. (That membership will start in 2025.) The Big 12, currently, is in a bad place.

As far as the announcement will go, ESPN’s David Hale says it’ll focus more on philosophy and framework — less on specifics.