By Ralph D. Russo and Eric Olson

In a surprising and seismic change in college athletics, the Big 10 voted Thursday to insert Southern California and UCLA as meeting users beginning in 2024.

The enlargement to 16 groups will take place after the Pac-12’s recent media legal rights contracts with Fox and ESPN expire and make the Significant 10 the 1st conference to extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

The announcement, which caught the Pac-12 off-guard, came nearly a year soon after Oklahoma and Texas formally approved invites to sign up for the Southeastern Conference in July 2025.

UCLA and USC, two of the Pac-12's premier programs, are leaving the conference for the Big Ten.

Big 10 commissioner Kevin Warren claimed USC and UCLA, both members of the Pac-12 and its past iterations for nearly a century, submitted apps for membership and the league’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to add the Los Angeles colleges.

“Ultimately, the Major Ten is the greatest household for USC and Trojan athletics as we go into the new globe of collegiate athletics,” USC athletic director Mike Bohn said. “We are thrilled that our values align with the league’s member institutions. We also will advantage from the steadiness and toughness of the conference the athletic caliber of Huge Ten establishments the elevated visibility, exposure, and sources the meeting will bring our scholar-athletes and courses and the capability to extend engagement with our passionate alumni nationwide.”

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