The colleges are aiming to go away as early as 2024 and the migration is predicted to incorporate all sports activities besides seashore volleyball, a supply instructed The Instances.
The Trojans and Bruins have been flagship members of the West Coast’s energy convention for practically a century. Their departure to the Chicago-based Massive Ten would signify a demise blow to the notion of the Pac-12 as a aggressive, top-level soccer convention and serve to bolster the Massive Ten in its efforts to maintain up with the Southeastern Convention, which accepted Texas and Oklahoma of the Massive 12 as members final summer time.
If USC and UCLA make the transfer official, the “Energy 5” will transfer nearer to a “Energy Two” as faculty sports activities continues to reimagine its future within the period of title, picture and likeness and participant empowerment.
The Pac-12 has lagged behind different main conferences for years in media rights income, distributing $344 million amongst its faculties within the 2021 fiscal yr. In the identical yr, the Massive Ten handed out $680 million.
The Massive Ten is at present negotiating its subsequent media rights deal and is predicted to have the ability to fetch upwards of $1 billion per yr. Including the Southern California media market to its product would solely make the league’s choices extra fascinating at simply the correct time.
Convention commissioner George Kliavkoff has burdened a dedication to fixing Pac-12 soccer throughout his first yr within the place. However the league’s income points are onerous to disclaim, even with the prospect of an improved media rights bundle beginning in 2024.
The Pac-12 has not had a crew attain the School Soccer Playoff since Washington in 2016. Just one different crew — the Oregon Geese in 2014 — has made it.
USC’s struggles to search out stability within the aftermath of Pete Carroll’s departure and NCAA sanctions have damage the convention’s competitiveness nationally. However now the Trojans seem like taking a step out on their very own, forsaking long-held relationships for brand new blue-blood bedfellows just like the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines.
Jon Wilner of the Bay Space Information Group first reported the information.