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USC/UCLA Move Sends Shockwaves through the NCAA Landscape

June 30, 2022
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In an announcement that sent shock waves throughout the Pac-12 Conference and the country, that beginning with the 2024 season, conference mainstays USC and UCLA intend to move to the Big-12 Conference, drastically altering the footprint of one of the nation’s oldest conferences.

The Pac-12 Conference issued the following statement this afternoon: 

“While we are extremely surprised and disappointed by the news coming out of UCLA and USC today, we have a long and storied history in athletics, academics, and leadership in supporting student-athletes that we’re confident will continue to thrive and grow into the future. The Pac-12 is home to many of the world’s best universities, athletic programs and alumni, representing one of the most dynamic regions in the United States. We’ve long been known as the Conference of Champions, and we’re unwavering in our commitment to extend that title.  We will continue to develop new and innovative programs that directly benefit our member institutions, and we look forward to partnering with current and potential members to pioneer the future of college athletics together.”

The move will include all sports except beach volleyball, men’s volleyball and men’s and women’s water polo.

USC and UCLA officially announced the news on Thursday afternoon after the Big Ten accepted the programs.

Where that leaves the conference is open to speculation but it’s highlly unlikely the league stands pat, whether that means also applying for a move to the Big-10, potentially merging with the Big-12 or enticing some of the conference’s bigger programs to join a reformulated Pac-12 Conference in the future.

Stay tuned...

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USC/UCLA Move Sends Shockwaves through the NCAA Landscape

3,256 Views | 12 Replies | Last: 3 mo ago by DiabloWags
Bobodeluxe
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UC Davis, come on in!
upsetof86
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Bobodeluxe said:

UC Davis, come on in!


I say the conference make a pact to not allow UCLA and USC back into the conference for 50 years. When this blows up on them they can join the B12 or go independent for all I care. Time for us to win the conference and be the new leader. I think this is an opportunity for us as much as its a disappointment to the loss of the fan base and rivalry.
RJABear
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It may be petty, but I don't want to schedule games against ucla water polo or volleyball. Let those ucla teams go play Rutgers
DiabloWags
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RJABear said:

It may be petty, but I don't want to schedule games against ucla water polo or volleyball. Let those ucla teams go play Rutgers
Wont happen.
Besides, they (UCLA) werent really in the Pac-12 Conference.
They're in the MPSF.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation - Wikipedia



HateRed
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Interest in Cal sports as a whole will decline as a result of the move by the L.A. schools and also a result of the lack of response from the athletic department.
USABear
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Apathy and disinterest in revenue sports (with few exceptions) is driving the decline in Pac12.

Rats fleeing a sinking ship.
DiabloWags
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USABear said:

Apathy and disinterest in revenue sports (with few exceptions) is driving the decline in Pac12.

Rats fleeing a sinking ship.

Not rats.
Survivors who are tired of the incompetent leadership of the Conference and still want to compete at the highest level.
59bear
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HateRed said:

Interest in Cal sports as a whole will decline as a result of the move by the L.A. schools and also a result of the lack of response from the athletic department.
I would argue that interest (administration, student body, alumni, general public) in Cal sports has been in decline for a long time. This action is more the culmination than the cause. And it is endemic throughout higher education land with a few dozen exceptions (notably Big10/SEC schools, Notre Dame and ACC basketball). Shared TV revenue was once seen as the answer to spiraling costs of participation. Imbalance of TV revenue is now behind the distillation to the super conference(s).
MinotStateBeav
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59bear said:

HateRed said:

Interest in Cal sports as a whole will decline as a result of the move by the L.A. schools and also a result of the lack of response from the athletic department.
I would argue that interest (administration, student body, alumni, general public) in Cal sports has been in decline for a long time. This action is more the culmination than the cause. And it is endemic throughout higher education land with a few dozen exceptions (notably Big10/SEC schools, Notre Dame and ACC basketball). Shared TV revenue was once seen as the answer to spiraling costs of participation. Imbalance of TV revenue is now behind the distillation to the super conference(s).
interest is reliant on success. When Cal's good, they sell out, when they aren't, they won't. That's why I just don't understand Knowlton keeping that potato as our basketball coach.
Bobodeluxe
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Bring back the Con. He sold out Cal.
heartofthebear
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If it is okay that USC and UCLA only think about themselves, why is northern California sending water to SoCal? Maybe they should stop doing that and then see what USC and UCLA think about their decision.

I know this is a ridiculous comment as the water issue affects so many folks who are not to blame. I simply wanted to make the point that other callous self interested decisions with broad reaching consequences that affect innocent people could victimize USC and UCLA and I wonder if that ever entered into their calculus.

I mean, if that's the game that's being played, two can play it.

I understand that the pac-12 was losing money and that it was probably a necessary financial decision. But it will also be necessary for the LA basin, which is a desert to stop using so much water. How are they going to do that? How is USC and UCLA going to handle the fact that their water sources are drying up? And should we care at this point?

Just some random thoughts that struck me as ironic.
DiabloWags
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Can we blame Larry Scott for that too?
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