USC and UCLA join Big Ten: Live news as Pac-12 powers begin major conference realignment

Big Ten university presidents voted Thursday night to accept the applications of USC and UCLA to join the conference. A seismic shift in the college athletic landscape. The Trojans and Bruins will leave the Pac-12 for their new league in 2024 as the Big Ten expands from coast to coast to rival the SEC’s poaching of Oklahoma and Texas from the Big 12 last year.

The upcoming move comes as the Big Ten negotiates a new media rights deal worth more than $1 billion annually, with the Pac-12’s media rights deal set to expire in 2024. For the Pac-12, the change puts the league and its commissioner, George Gliavkoff, in a precarious position. Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Kliavkoff’s work.

USC and UCLA are two of the Pac-12’s most valuable brands, both in terms of success and visibility. Their entries in the Big Ten would create a second superconference with the expanding SEC. Texas and Oklahoma will join the SEC in 2025, leaving both USC and UCLA to join the Big Ten at 16 teams.

As this latest restructuring saga unfolds, CBS Sports will continue to cover this developing story with live updates below.

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