BREAKING: USC, UCLA to Join Big 10 Conference in Seismic Shift for College Athletics

By  //  June 30, 2022

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Will join the Big 10 as early as 2024

ABOVE VIDEO: Rich Eisen reacts to the breaking news that USC and UCLA are on the verge of bolting the Pac-12 for the Big Ten.

(ESPN) – USC and UCLA, two of the Pac-12’s flagship programs, are planning to leave the conference for the Big Ten as early as 2024, and a move is considered imminent, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.

There is still a formal notification process, as the two schools have to let the Pac-12 know their intentions to leave. USC and UCLA also have to formally apply to the Big Ten. According to a source, that process is underway.

Multiple sources told ESPN on Thursday that the move is expected to happen. A source called the next steps “formalities,” and an announcement could come within the next 24 hours.

A source said that the exploration of finances and what it would take to make the move has been going on for weeks. While finances are playing a big role in the move, competitiveness, brand and the overall landscape of the future of the sport have played a bigger role.

“USC and UCLA have to make the decisions to position them best for the long term,” a source familiar with the move told ESPN. “The future is so uncertain we need to be operating from a position of strength.”