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By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: June 4, 2010
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Pros and cons of OSU joining a super-conference with the Pac-10:

Pros
1. Quite simply, the elephant in the room for OSU has been an underlying concern about the Cowboys being left behind if a major overhaul takes place. In this situation, OSU is part of a power conference which features several schools that are strong athletically and academically.

2. Recruiting, especially in football. Add the fertile recruiting grounds of California to the Cowboys' already solid recruiting pipelines in Texas, and the sky is the limit for the OSU football program.

3. Increased national exposure. OSU at USC? UCLA at OSU? A much tougher conference also means more exposure for the Cowboys. As a member of this super conference, if OSU consistently competes for conference championships, the national respect and accolades would quickly follow.

Cons
1. It would be a very difficult and competitive conference, not only in football, but in all sports. The Pac-10 is known as the "Conference of Champions” for a reason, combining for more NCAA championships than any other conference. The sheer depth of the conference could make OSU's road to becoming a consistent national title contender, especially in football, much more difficult.

2. Increased travel. Road trips to Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State become commonplace, and any cross-division games send the Pokes to the West Coast. Those longer road trips would make it tough on OSU fans to travel with the Cowboys. And longer trips are tougher on the student-athletes as well.

3. Pac-10 members, at times, have had a tougher road towards gaining national respect because their games are on late at night and members of the national media don't see them. That makes OSU's journey towards earning respect more difficult as well.