Pac-12 eyeing growth after UCLA, USC exit

The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors on Friday morning licensed the convention “to discover all growth choices” following the selections of USC and UCLA to hitch the Massive Ten in 2024, in keeping with a press release from the Pac-12.

“The 10 college presidents and chancellors stay dedicated to a shared mission of educational and athletic excellence on behalf of our student-athletes,” the assertion mentioned.

One supply within the convention informed ESPN on Friday “it is vast open” so far as who the Pac-12 would take into account inviting, however added the Massive 12 and ACC are price exploring. Whereas there was hypothesis about Oregon and Washington eager to comply with USC and UCLA to the Massive Ten, there was no official indication within the league of their intentions.

“Everyone’s taking part in it near the vest,” the supply mentioned.

The Massive Ten presidents and chancellors voted unanimously on Thursday so as to add USC and UCLA to the convention, beginning on Aug. 2, 2024. A second supply inside the Pac-12 informed ESPN on Friday “each effort” is being made to safe the league’s future. The Pac-12 launched a press release later Thursday saying it was “extraordinarily shocked and dissatisfied” by the information of UCLA and USC leaving.

“Now we have a protracted and storied historical past in athletics, teachers, and management in supporting student-athletes that we’re assured will proceed to thrive and develop into the longer term,” the Pac-12 mentioned in its assertion. “The Pac-12 is residence to lots of the world’s finest universities, athletic packages and alumni, representing one of the crucial dynamic areas in the USA. We have lengthy been referred to as the Convention of Champions, and we’re unwavering in our dedication to increase that title.

“We’ll proceed to develop new and modern packages that instantly profit our member establishments, and we stay up for partnering with present and potential members to pioneer the way forward for faculty athletics collectively.”

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