B1G-Pac-12 agreement affects recruiting 

December, 28, 2011
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The news Wednesday that the Big Ten and Pac-12 will enter a scheduling agreement beginning in the 2017 season is a huge announcement that affects both conferences dramatically. The agreement states that all teams in each league will play one inter-league game with the opposing conference.

This decision will likely have an effect on recruiting for both conferences, particularly the Big Ten. It's often difficult to for the Midwest schools to convince prospects from the West to choose their school, weather and distance being the main factors.

This schedule agreement will now make it so that prospects would be able to come back home, so to speak, for a game every other year, depending on where they're from. It would make travel easier for parents of those prospects if they knew their son's team would be playing a game out West.
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