It all happened pretty quickly, but the Big Ten will be the first conference to stretch from coast to coast. Thursday, the Big Ten voted to add Southern California and UCLA in 2024.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said both schools submitted applications for membership and were unanimously approved by the Council of Presidents and Chancellors.
The Pac-12 was apparently caught off-guard by the move as both schools have been members of the conference for nearly 100 years. They will join the Big Ten in 2024 to allow the current Pac-12 media rights deal to expire.
This will expand the Big Ten to 16 teams and becomes the second big conference shift in the last year as Oklahoma and Texas will be moving from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference in 2025.