USC athletic director Mike Bohn has been on the job less than four months, and already he’s making waves in Los Angeles. Bohn told 247Sports earlier this week that the Pac 12’s financial struggles relative to the other Power 5 leagues mean that “everything’s on the table, earlier this week that the Pac 12’s financial struggles relative to the other Power 5 leagues mean that “everything’s on the table,” including potential conference realignment for football.
Bohn said Pac 12 schools receive $11 million less than the average Power 5 school outside the league — despite USC’s tradition and pull, the Trojans receive less than the SEC’s Vanderbilt and Kentucky. But switching conferences would be a drastic move for the West Coast’s signature program.
Bohn clarified his realignment comments Thursday in an interview with CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.
"The answer is no," Bohn told Dodd. "Why would we do that? We've got 21 sports here. You know the drill. There would be no way for us to do that.
"Now, that being said, if the unexpected happened and NBC said, 'Hey we want to partner you guys with Notre Dame' … then that's different.'"
Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott negotiated a long term television deal back 2012 that does not expire until 2024. During that 12 year span the other conferences have had multiple TV deals that have significantly improved their financial situations.