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Big Ten votes to add USC, UCLA while members starting inside 2024

Big Ten votes to add USC, UCLA while members starting inside 2024

In a surprising with every one other accompanied by seismic shift inside college athletics, the Big Ten voted Thursday to add Southern California with every one other accompanied by UCLA while conference members beginning inside 2024.

The expansion to 16 teams will occur following the Pac-12's contemporaneous media rights contracts accompanied by Fox with every one other accompanied by ESPN expire with every one other accompanied by build the Big Ten the earliest conference to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

The announcement, which caught the Pac-12 off-guard, came almost a year following Oklahoma with every one other accompanied by Texas formally accepted invitations to fasten the Southeastern Conference inside July 2025.

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said USC with every one other accompanied by UCLA, both members of the Pac-12 with every one other accompanied by its foregoing iterations for almost a century, submitted applications for belonging with every one other accompanied by the league's Council of Presidents with every one other accompanied by Chancellors voted unanimously to add the Los Angeles schools.

"Ultimately, the Big Ten is the finest place of residence for USC with every one other accompanied by Trojan athletics while we go into the new world of collegiate sports," USC muscular director Mike Bohn said. "We are thrilled that our values align accompanied by the league's subscriber institutions. We too will good from the stability with every one other accompanied by ability of the conference; the muscular caliber of Big Ten institutions; the increased visibility, exposure, with every one other accompanied by resources the conference will convey our student-athletes with every one other accompanied by programs; with every one other accompanied by the ability to expand engagement accompanied by our passionate alumni nationwide."

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The Big Ten is building on foregoing expansion into the nation's largest media markets, with every one other accompanied by the go allows the conference to retain step accompanied by the SEC while one of the most strong entities inside college sports.

The Big Ten will gain blueblood programs inside football (USC) with every one other accompanied by basketball (UCLA) with every one other accompanied by big-name brands that will grow the price of the conference's new media rights package currently actuality negotiated.

Losing flagship schools exist fond of USC with every one other accompanied by UCLA is a greatest blow to the Pac-12, which has had a lengthy with every one other accompanied by amicable connection accompanied by the Big Ten finest exemplified by its Rose Bowl partnership.

"While we are extremely surprised with every one other accompanied by saddened by the report coming not here of UCLA with every one other accompanied by USC today, we have a lengthy with every one other accompanied by storied history inside athletics, academics, with every one other accompanied by leadership inside supporting student-athletes that we're optimistic will carry on accompanied by to thrive with every one other accompanied by grow into the future," the Pac-12 said inside a statement.

The Pac-12′s following go is unknown, nevertheless adding schools to replace USC with every one other accompanied by UCLA is a possibility.

"We look forward to partnering accompanied by contemporaneous with every one other accompanied by potential members to pioneer the future of college athletics together," the Pac-12 said.

The Big Ten has expanded twice inside recent years, accompanied by Nebraska joining inside 2011 with every one other accompanied by Maryland with every one other accompanied by Rutgers inside 2014.

USC with every one other accompanied by UCLA suitable the Big Ten's educational profile. Both schools are among the 65 members of the Association of American Universities, which is made up of top research universities. All Big Ten schools except Nebraska are members.

"From increased exposure with every one other accompanied by a broader national platform for our student-athletes, to enhanced resources for our teams, this go will assist conserve the legacy of UCLA Athletics for generations to come," UCLA muscular director Martin Jarmond said.

"We have greatly valued our belonging inside the Pac-12, with every one other accompanied by we have great esteem for the conference with every one other accompanied by our fellow subscriber institutions, nevertheless every one educational organization faces its own distinctive challenges with every one other accompanied by circumstances. We exist convinced by this is the just go for UCLA at the just time."

USC with every one other accompanied by UCLA stand to significantly grow their revenues. The Pac-12 distributed only $19.8 million per educational organization inside fiscal year 2021, by a lengthy way the least among Power 5 conferences. The Big Ten's per-school distribution was $46.1 million, following only to the SEC's $54.6 million.

The Pac-12 has had strain getting its conference television web untracked while the Big Ten Network is the most established of the conference networks.

USC with every one other accompanied by UCLA would exist taking a step up inside football, both inside visibility with every one other accompanied by competition.

"Pac-12 After Dark" televised games that gumboot off inside the centre to late evenings inside most of the country have made it difficult for the conference to obtain exposure. The Pac-12 has had teams inside the College Football Playoff fair twice — Oregon (2014 season) with every one other accompanied by Washington (2016).

USC President Carol L. Folt said she with every one other accompanied by college leaders considered the coast-to-coast journey that will go nearer accompanied by competing inside the Big Ten. Nebraska is the westernmost educational organization inside the conference now, with every one other accompanied by Lincoln is almost 1,500 miles from Los Angeles. Rutgers, the easternmost Big Ten school, is a almost 5 1/2-hour flying from LA.

"We are fortunate we tin pay not here the following set of two years employed accompanied by the conference on journey with every one other accompanied by scheduling plans," Folt said.

The Big Ten, Pac-12 with every one other accompanied by Atlantic Coast Conference last August formed an alliance inside the wake of Oklahoma with every one other accompanied by Texas joining the SEC. The conferences said the 41 members would lay clasp of a collaborative approach to charting the future of athletics. The trio conferences place up scheduling arrangements inside some sports with every one other accompanied by have pooled resources to go forward sportswoman welfare.

Less than a year later, the future of the alliance would become visible bleak accompanied by the Big Ten taking set of two of the Pac-12′s biggest brands.

USC with every one other accompanied by UCLA will exist severing longstanding conference relationships. USC joined California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington with every one other accompanied by Washington State inside the Pacific Coast Conference inside 1922, followed by UCLA inside 1928.

They went with every one other inside 1959 to the Athletic Association of Western Universities, which became the Pac-8 inside 1968, the Pac-10 inside 1978 with every one other accompanied by Pac-12 inside 2011.

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