The Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Solar Devils, and Utah Utes will be a part of the Large 12 in 2024, the convention formally announced late Friday.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Arizona, Arizona State and Utah to the Large 12,” mentioned Commissioner Brett Yormark. “The Convention is gaining three premier establishments each academically and athletically, and your entire Large 12 appears to be like ahead to working alongside their presidents, athletic administrators, student-athletes and directors.”
Arizona and Arizona State have been members of the Pac-12 Convention since 1978, which was then named the Pac-8 and altered to Pac-10 with the brand new additions.
“Our transfer to the Large 12 Convention will proceed to lift the college’s profile by rising visibility, rising our attain throughout the nation and across the globe, increasing our pool of potential college students, offering extra sources to assist our student-athletes, and presenting them with better NIL prospects,” University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins, M.D. mentioned. “We stay up for starting a brand new period subsequent 12 months with contemporary alternatives for athletics to satisfy its Wildcat Means mission to develop educational, athletic and life champions.”
“The monetary bundle is robust. The soundness of the Large 12 is robust. We’re prepared, and the timing is correct,” mentioned Arizona State Vice President for Athletics Eay Anderson. “The publicity and visibility in addition to the sources from the convention will assist us compete for championships. From enhancing our capacity to recruit Texas for soccer to the Large 12’s energy in basketball, good days are forward.”
Utah joined the Pac-10 in 2011, together with the Colorado Buffaloes, which resulted within the convention identify altering to Pac-12.
“President Randall and I, together with the manager committee of the Board of Trustees, have been totally engaged in pursuing the very best path for the College of Utah and our athletics applications to excel,” Utah Director of Athletics Mark Harlan mentioned. “After very thorough and complete efforts to protect our current convention affiliation within the aftermath of the introduced departures of UCLA and USC final 12 months, we now have explored all choices and have decided that the suitable path for Utah to proceed to construct on its great development trajectory is to just accept an invite to affix the Large 12 Convention.
“We’re appreciative of Large 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark, his management group and the convention membership for extending this invitation. The large weight of a transfer of this magnitude isn’t misplaced on any of us. We’ve nice appreciation for our partnership with our fellow Pac-12 Convention members, and the relationships we share that transcend competitors.
“This resolution represents one of the best pursuits of the College of Utah, our student-athletes, coaches, employees, alumni and our great followers, and we stay up for persevering with our development as a member of the Large 12 Convention starting subsequent 12 months.”
With the additions of Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah, the Large 12 may have 16 members in 2024, the identical because the SEC. The Colorado Buffaloes introduced their transfer to the Large 12 on July 27.
With the entire strikes to the Large Ten (Oregon and Washington) and Large 12, the Pac-12 shall be left with solely 4 colleges — California, Oregon State, Stanford, and Washington State. Right here’s extra from Brett McMurphy on their future.
With extra colleges leaving the Pac-12, the Mountain West would “be open” to including remaining Pac-12 colleges to the league, sources instructed Motion Community.
The Mountain West at present has a linear tv take care of FOX and CBS Sports activities Community with extra video games on CBS by the 2025 season. One other chance for the Mountain West, relying on what number of colleges are remaining within the Pac-12, might be a merger of some sort between the 2 leagues, a supply mentioned.