USC, UCLA planning move to Big Ten Conference from PAC-12

The two teams plan to exit the Pac-12 for the Big Ten Conference in a seismic shift that could lead to another major realignment of varsity sports.

WASHINGTON — UCLA and Southern California plan to exit the Pac-12 for the Big Ten Conference in a seismic shift that could lead to another major realignment of varsity sports.

A person briefed on the discussions between USC, UCLA and the Big Ten said schools have taken steps to seek an invitation to attend the conference. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the schools’ conversations with the Big Ten were not made public.

The move would come as early as 2024, after the Pac-12’s current media rights deals with Fox and ESPN expire, increasing the size of the Big Ten to 16 schools.

The Los Angeles schools’ decision — two of the NCAA’s most honored athletic programs — comes almost a year after Oklahoma and Texas formally accepted invitations to attend the July 2025 Southeastern Conference.

The Big Ten would become the first conference to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific, building on previous expansion into the nation’s largest media markets.

The leadership of the Big Ten, including the Council of Presidents and Chancellors, has yet to sign off on extending an invitation to the two schools.

The Big Ten has expanded twice in recent years, adding Nebraska in 2011 and Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.

USC and UCLA fit the academic profile of the Big Ten. 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.

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Emma Bowman

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