Big Ten Was Pushed To Add More PAC-12 Teams

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The UC Regents were ready to blow up the PAC-12.

UCLA’s 2024 addition to the B1G was recently approved by the UC Regents, but there was also a push for the Big Ten to poach several more PAC-12 teams. Specifically, there was a push for the Big Ten to take Stanford, Oregon and Washington.

Ultimately, the B1G only stole USC and UCLA from the PAC-12.

The Big Ten didn’t add Oregon. (Photo by Christopher Hook/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“We certainly put some pressure on to see if we could. In the end, the expansion was not going to be on the table for us,” UC Regents chair Rich Leib explained to USA Today.

Leib also said he’d “love” to see Cal also join the Big Ten. To put it simply, the people running the show in the UC system also apparently don’t want to see the PAC-12 survive.

Will the Big Ten ever add more PAC-12 teams?

The fact the UC Regents pushed the Big Ten to take more PAC-12 teams shows there’s serious interest in blowing up the conference.

At the very least, the UC Regents are okay with blowing up the PAC-12 as fans know it today. There’s truly no loyalty anymore. It’s all about the money, and the Big Ten simply has way too much. Meanwhile, George Kliavkoff’s conference is clinging to relevance.

To his credit, the situation does appear to have stabilized a bit. How much of that is due to him vs. the B1G just not being interested in more PAC-12 teams? That’s unknown, but it most certainly looks like it’s more of the latter.

Will the PAC-12 survive? (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

The PAC-12 lives to fight another day, and UCLA and USC are officially gone in 2024. Kliavkoff better hope the B1G doesn’t start to reconsider adding more teams. His conference literally only survives because the Big Ten decided to let it be that way.

Written by David Hookstead

David is a college football fanatic who foolishly convinces himself every season the Wisconsin Badgers will finally win a national title. Has been pretending to be a cowboy ever since the first episode of Yellowstone aired.

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  1. It’s not just about the money, although that is the major reason for sure. It’s also about TV exposure and the ability to get better athletes to PAC-12 schools to see them play in prime time. All of USC’s games were 3:00 (6:00 ET) or later. The important games (Utah and UCLA) were at 5:00. Three of the games were on the abysmal PAC-12 Network which no one even on the West Coast watches because the feckless former leader of the PAC-12 couldn’t get contracts done. I live in the Reno area and went to 4 big sports bars and 3 large casino sportsbooks and not one offered the PAC-12 Network. What does that tell you? The new commish is going to continue PAC-12 After Dark, so no one east of the Rocky Mountain still won’t be quite sure if the PAC-12 plays football anymore. This is about relevance and exposure. I can’t wait to watch my Trojans play Ohio State in the middle of the day as God intended or at prime time EASTERN time.

  2. Or, the UC Regents might be reaching out to the Big 12, since it’s no secret that Brett Yormark wants to expand the B12 into the Pacific time zone. Whether that means adding the Oregon/Washington schools or maybe agreeing (albeit begrudgingly) to take Cal Comma Berkeley and Stamford remains to be seen. But it’s interesting that the UC Regents are hoping to expedite the death of the PAC-12 if I’m reading that right.

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