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

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

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

The announcement got here nearly a yr after Oklahoma and Texas formally accepted invites to hitch the Southeastern Convention in July 2025.

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

The Large Ten is constructing on earlier enlargement into the nation’s largest media markets, and the transfer permits the convention to maintain tempo with the SEC as probably the most highly effective entities in school sports activities.

The Large Ten has expanded twice in recent times, with Nebraska becoming a member of in 2011 and Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.

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

“The Pac-12 has all the time shared our values and continues to innovate, working onerous on behalf of its student-athletes and plenty of followers,” UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond mentioned. “On the similar time, every faculty faces its personal distinctive challenges and circumstances, and we imagine that is the most effective transfer for UCLA right now. For us, this transfer affords higher certainty in quickly altering instances and ensures that we stay a pacesetter in school athletics for generations to come back.”

The transfer to the Large Ten would enormously improve USC and UCLA’s revenues.

The Pac-12 distributed solely $19.8 million per faculty in fiscal yr 2021, by far the least amongst Energy 5 conferences. The Large Ten’s per-school distribution was $46.1 million, second solely to the SEC’s $54.6 million.

The Pac-12 has had issue getting its convention tv community untracked whereas the Large 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 a lot of the nation have made it tough for the convention to get publicity. The Pac-12 has had groups within the Faculty Soccer Playoff simply twice — Oregon (2014 season) and Washington (2016).

Dropping flagship faculties like USC and UCLA could be a serious blow to the Pac-12, which has had an extended and amicable relationship with the Large Ten, greatest exemplified by its Rose Bowl partnership.

The Large 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 mentioned 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 yr later, the way forward for the alliance would seem unsure if the Large Ten takes two of the Pac-12′s greatest manufacturers.

USC and UCLA could be severing convention relationships that return a century.

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 into the Athletic Affiliation of Western Universities, which melded into the Pac-8 in 1968, the Pac-10 in 1978 and Pac-12 in 2011.