In a stunning and seismic shift in college athletics, the Large 10 voted Thursday to include Southern California and UCLA as conference customers beginning in 2024.
The Massive Ten’s growth to 16 groups will occur following the Pac-12’s recent media-legal rights contracts with Fox and ESPN expire and make the Huge 10 the very first conference to extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
The announcement, which caught the Pac-12 off-guard, came pretty much a calendar year just after Oklahoma and Texas formally acknowledged invites to join the Southeastern Conference in July 2025.
Huge 10 Commissioner Kevin Warren explained USC and UCLA, both of those customers of the Pac-12 and its past iterations for nearly a century, submitted applications for membership and the league’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to insert the Los Angeles faculties.
“Ultimately, the Major Ten is the finest property for USC and Trojan athletics as we go into the new earth of collegiate sporting activities,” USC athletic director Mike Bohn explained. “We are excited that our values align with the league’s member institutions. We also will reward from the stability and strength of the convention the athletic caliber of Major Ten establishments the greater visibility, publicity, and resources the conference will provide our student-athletes and plans and the means to increase engagement with our passionate alumni nationwide.”
The Major 10, headquartered in suburban Chicago, is making on earlier enlargement into the nation’s biggest media marketplaces, and the shift permits the meeting to maintain pace with the SEC as a person of the most powerful entities in university athletics.
The Large Ten will acquire blueblood courses in soccer, in USC, and basketball, in UCLA, and massive-name models that will greatly enhance the worth of the conference’s new media-legal rights package deal at present getting negotiated.
Losing the flagship faculties is a important blow to the Pac-12, which has experienced a long-managing and amicable marriage with the Huge 10 very best exemplified by its Rose Bowl partnership.
“While we are incredibly surprised and dissatisfied by the information coming out of UCLA and USC these days, we have a extended and storied history in athletics, lecturers, and management in supporting pupil-athletes that we’re self-confident will carry on to prosper and increase into the foreseeable future,” the Pac-12 explained in a statement.
The Pac-12’s next go is unfamiliar, but adding universities to substitute USC and UCLA is a possibility.
“We glimpse ahead to partnering with present-day and prospective associates to pioneer the long run of faculty athletics together,” the Pac-12 explained.
The Big Ten has expanded 2 times in current decades, with Nebraska joining in 2011 and Maryland and Rutgers in 2014. Penn Point out experienced joined in 1990.
USC and UCLA in good shape the Large Ten’s academic profile. Both of those educational facilities are amongst the 65 customers of the Affiliation of American Universities, which is produced up of top rated exploration universities. All Significant Ten faculties apart from Nebraska are customers.
“From greater exposure and a broader countrywide system for our pupil-athletes, to increased assets for our groups, this transfer will help maintain the legacy of UCLA Athletics for generations to arrive,” UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond stated.
“We have deeply valued our membership in the Pac-12, and we have great respect for the meeting and our fellow member establishments, but just about every faculty faces its very own exceptional problems and circumstances. We consider this is the correct shift for UCLA at the right time.”
USC and UCLA stand to drastically boost their revenues. The Pac-12 dispersed only $19.8 million per college in fiscal yr 2021, by much the least between Electricity 5 conferences. The Huge Ten’s per-college distribution was $46.1 million, next only to the SEC’s $54.6 million.
The Pac-12 has had problem having its conference tv network untracked when the Significant Ten Community is the most proven of the convention networks.
USC and UCLA would be using a phase up in football, both in visibility and level of competition.
“Pac-12 After Dark” televised online games that kick off in the center to late evenings in most of the region have produced it tricky for the conference to get exposure. The Pac-12 has experienced teams in the College Soccer Playoff just 2 times — Oregon (following the 2014 season) and Washington (2016).
USC President Carol L. Folt reported she and fellow university leaders deemed the coast-to-coastline vacation that will come with competing in the Major 10. Nebraska is the westernmost college in the meeting now, and Lincoln is almost 1,500 miles from Los Angeles. Rutgers, the easternmost Major 10 college, is a practically 5½-hour flight from L.A.
“We are privileged we can invest the upcoming two years operating with the convention on travel and scheduling designs,” Folt said.
The Big Ten, Pac-12 and Atlantic Coastline Convention past August shaped an alliance in the wake of the selections by Oklahoma and Texas to be a part of the SEC. The conferences claimed the 41 users would acquire a collaborative technique to charting the foreseeable future of athletics. The three conferences established up scheduling arrangements in some sports and have pooled resources to advertise athlete welfare.
A lot less than a yr later, the long term of the alliance would surface bleak with the Significant Ten using two of the Pac-12′s most marketable manufacturers.
USC and UCLA will be severing longstanding conference relationships. USC joined the University of California, Oregon, Oregon Point out, Stanford, Washington and Washington State in the Pacific Coast Meeting in 1922, followed by UCLA in 1928.
They went on in 1959 to type the Athletic Affiliation of Western Universities, which grew to become the Pac-8 in 1968, the Pac-10 in 1978 and Pac-12 in 2011.
The Large Ten, in contrast, did not alter its brand name title as its membership expanded beyond 10 members. The only member to depart the conference in its 126-yr heritage was the University of Chicago, in 1946. It was changed by Michigan State.