Schwartz: Oregon's run of success 'feels like it's for nothing' amid Pac-12 shakeup


The college football landscape has been monumentally altered for a second straight summer, as juggernauts USC and UCLA recently revealed their plans to leave the Pac-12 conference for the Big Ten, ahead of the 2024 campaign. Big Ten officials unanimously approved the flagship schools as new members last week, signaling that the geographic cultures of elite college conferences no longer matter. Los Angeles represented in the Big Ten? Travel be damned.

With a pair of megaconferences in place -- Texas and Oklahoma are expected to exit the Big 12 and join the SEC in 2025 -- college football's Power Five will be completely remodeled. And according to multiple reports, the Pac-12 and ACC are currently discussing the possibility of a "loose alignment," that would feature an inter-conference championship game in Las Vegas. Whether or not this proposal comes to fruition, the remaining Pac-12 programs are in a pickle. And former Oregon and NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz is dispirited.

"I'm exhausted... For weeks on end, it's about transfer portal, NIL rights, and conference realignment. It's just exhausting," Schwartz told The DA Show on Wednesday. "From the Oregon fan perspective, Oregon has done everything they can, for 25 years now, to build up this tremendous brand. We've done a lot of winning. Yeah, we need some championships -- that'd be great. I think Dan Lanning is an excellent coach and he could be in the direction of winning a championship, at some point... It just all feels for nothing.

"When has it mattered, when they're like, 'Yeah, you're in the Eugene market.' It really doesn't matter. And for a lot of us, that's pretty tough to swallow. That everything Oregon's done -- they've put the time and money in, they've built the facilities, they've had winners and won a lot of games the last 12-14 years. And it just feels like it's for nothing. So, I'm just exhausted... There were four things floated yesterday for the Pac-12: a new TV deal, a merger with the Big 12, an alliance with the ACC, and then just blowing it up... I'm exhausted..."

The entire college football conversation between Schwartz and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.

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