In the summertime of 2024, UCLA and USC will formally head to the Huge Ten. However is the mix of the oldest Division I collegiate athletic convention in the US truly wished?
Not for those who ask Arizona president Robert Robbins.
“USC began this entire factor [to move to the Big Ten]. I believe UCLA was a reluctant follower on this entire factor. However [USC] wanted a journey companion shut by so it is sensible,” Robbins advised through CBS Sports activities. “If Oregon calls Washington up and says, ‘I can double the sum of money you’re getting; include me to the Huge Ten,’ Washington goes to say, ‘OK, I’m in.’ They’d like to have gone.”
“After I heard it first, the deal was going to be USC-Oregon [to the Big Ten]. That is sensible. … Their TV market isn’t that large, [but] they play in several coloured uniforms, and so they win. That’s the place I’d have began this factor off.”
However cash talks and in Robbins’ thoughts, FOX sought to lock down the Los Angeles market.
“I believe Fox wished to consolidate L.A. and never let anyone else in [with USC-UCLA]. I believe it’s sensible. Properly performed,” Robbins stated.
Washington and Oregon, who just lately employed a brand new president in John Karl Scholz, might nonetheless bolt for the Huge Ten. In the event that they did, Robbins believes the Pac-12 would nonetheless have the ability to survive albeit wounded.
“I’ve at all times thought sure. Can somebody reside with out two legs? While you begin taking an arm off, it is determined by what arm it’s,” Robbins stated.
For now, these choices appear to be a good distance off however the Huge Ten are nonetheless more likely to preserve their eyes on Oregon.