As being reported on ESPN by Pete Thamel and Heather Dinich, USC and UCLA are planning on moving from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten. A new norm is being formed of teams leaving conferences to join higher market divisions. The two teams join Texas and Oklahoma in this new fad as both of those teams left for the SEC last year.
Breaking: USC and UCLA are considering leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten as early as 2024, a source confirmed to ESPN.
The news was first reported by San Jose Mercury News. https://t.co/Z3DXEqb5Em pic.twitter.com/Npm9pCuMLe
— ESPN (@espn) June 30, 2022
A financial win for the Trojans and Bruins as they are now able to expand their markets under the Big Ten umbrella as soon as 2024. As stated in ESPN’s article, conference revenue projections “have the SEC and Big Ten making nearly double the amount of some of the other Power 5 leagues later this decade”.
Although not officially set in stone, the next steps are “formalities”. In the next couple years UCLA and USC will be competing with the likes of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan Wolverines, and Wisconsin Badgers. A notable step up in opposing teams, leaving the Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies as the most prominent teams.
Source: USC and UCLA are planning to leave for the Big Ten as early as 2024. Move *has not been finalized* at the highest levels of power.
— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) June 30, 2022
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