Huge Ten votes so as to add USC, UCLA as members beginning in 2024

In a shocking and seismic shift in faculty athletics, the Huge Ten voted Thursday so as to add Southern California and UCLA as convention members starting in 2024.

The growth to 16 groups will occur after the Pac-12’s present media rights contracts with Fox and ESPN expire and make the Huge Ten the primary convention to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

The announcement, which caught the Pac-12 off-guard, got here nearly a 12 months after Oklahoma and Texas formally accepted invites to hitch the Southeastern Convention in July 2025.

Huge Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren stated USC and UCLA, each members of the Pac-12 and its earlier iterations for practically a century, submitted purposes for membership and the league’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously so as to add the Los Angeles faculties.

“In the end, the Huge Ten is one of the best dwelling for USC and Trojan athletics as we transfer into the brand new world of collegiate sports activities,” USC athletic director Mike Bohn stated. “We’re excited that our values align with the league’s member establishments. We additionally will profit from the steadiness and energy of the convention; the athletic caliber of Huge Ten establishments; the elevated visibility, publicity, and assets the convention will deliver our student-athletes and packages; and the flexibility to increase engagement with our passionate alumni nationwide.”

The Huge Ten is constructing on earlier growth into the nation’s largest media markets, and the transfer permits the convention to maintain tempo with the SEC as one of the crucial highly effective entities in faculty sports activities.

The Huge Ten will acquire blueblood packages in soccer (USC) and basketball (UCLA) and big-name manufacturers that can improve the worth of the convention’s new media rights bundle presently being negotiated.

Dropping flagship faculties like USC and UCLA is a serious blow to the Pac-12, which has had a protracted and amicable relationship with the Huge Ten greatest exemplified by its Rose Bowl partnership.

“Whereas we’re extraordinarily stunned and dissatisfied by the information popping out of UCLA and USC as we speak, we now have a protracted and storied historical past in athletics, teachers, and management in supporting student-athletes that we’re assured will proceed to thrive and develop into the longer term,” the Pac-12 stated in a press release.

The Pac-12’s subsequent transfer is unknown, however including faculties to interchange USC and UCLA is a risk.

“We sit up for partnering with present and potential members to pioneer the way forward for faculty athletics collectively,” the Pac-12 stated.

The Huge Ten has expanded twice lately, with Nebraska becoming a member of in 2011 and Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.

USC and UCLA match the Huge Ten’s educational profile. Each faculties are among the many 65 members of the Affiliation of American Universities, which is made up of high analysis universities. All Huge Ten faculties besides Nebraska are members.

“From elevated publicity and a broader nationwide platform for our student-athletes, to enhanced assets for our groups, this transfer will assist protect the legacy of UCLA Athletics for generations to return,” UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond stated.

“We have now deeply valued our membership within the Pac-12, and we now have nice respect for the convention and our fellow member establishments, however every college faces its personal distinctive challenges and circumstances. We consider that is the proper transfer for UCLA on the proper time.”

USC and UCLA stand to considerably improve their revenues. The Pac-12 distributed solely $19.8 million per college in fiscal 12 months 2021, by far the least amongst Energy 5 conferences. The Huge Ten’s per-school distribution was $46.1 million, second solely to the SEC’s $54.6 million.

The Pac-12 has had problem getting its convention tv community untracked whereas the Huge Ten Community is essentially the most established of the convention networks.

USC and UCLA could be taking a step up in soccer, each in visibility and competitors.

“Pac-12 After Darkish” televised video games that kick off within the center to late evenings in many of the nation have made it tough for the convention to get publicity. The Pac-12 has had groups within the School Soccer Playoff simply twice — Oregon (2014 season) and Washington (2016).

USC President Carol L. Folt stated she and college leaders thought of the coast-to-coast journey that can include competing within the Huge Ten. Nebraska is the westernmost college within the convention now, and Lincoln is sort of 1,500 miles from Los Angeles. Rutgers, the easternmost Huge Ten college, is an almost 5 1/2-hour flight from LA.

“We’re lucky we are able to spend the subsequent two years working with the convention on journey and scheduling plans,” Folt stated.

The Huge Ten, Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Convention final August fashioned an alliance within the wake of Oklahoma and Texas becoming a member of the SEC. The conferences stated the 41 members would take a collaborative strategy to charting the way forward for athletics. The three conferences arrange scheduling preparations in some sports activities and have pooled assets to advertise athlete welfare.

Lower than a 12 months later, the way forward for the alliance would seem bleak with the Huge Ten taking two of the Pac-12’s greatest manufacturers.

USC and UCLA shall be severing longstanding convention relationships. USC joined California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State within the Pacific Coast Convention in 1922, adopted by UCLA in 1928.

They went collectively in 1959 to the Athletic Affiliation of Western Universities, which turned the Pac-8 in 1968, the Pac-10 in 1978 and Pac-12 in 2011.