UCLA, USC leaving Pac-12 to join Big Ten in 2024
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – UCLA and USC are now official members of the Big Ten, according to the schools’ Twitter accounts.
They will be joining the conference in 2024. This news comes hours after reports showed that the two schools were in talks to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten.
news! UCLA is joining the Big Ten Conference at the start of the 2024-25 season!
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) June 30, 2022
USC made the move official via Twitter on Thursday night.
OFFICIAL: USC will join the Big Ten Conference in 2024.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) June 30, 2022
The Pac-12 released a statement and said they were “disappointed” that the two schools decided to leave the conference.
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) July 1, 2022
UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green and Athletic Director Trev Alberts also released a joint statement today regarding the addition of the two schools to the Big Ten.
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) July 1, 2022
Two Pac-12 Conference powerhouses are in talks to leave for the Big Ten as early as 2024, according to an ESPN report.
On Thursday, it was reported that UCLA and USC were considering leaving the Pac-12, but nothing is official right now.
First, the two teams will need to let the Pac-12 know of their intentions to leave and go through a formal notification process.
UCLA and USC will also need to apply to be accepted into the Big Ten.
ESPN reached out to Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff for comment, but he was not available at the time.
The San Jose Mercury News first reported the story, according to ESPN.
Last year, Texas and Oklahoma, longtime members of the Big 12, accepted invitations to join the SEC in 2025.