Top-tier universities USC and UCLA will enter the Big Ten Conference in 2024.
Big Ten school presidents and athletic directors met Wednesday night to discuss the additions, according to The Athletic. USC and UCLA both announced on Thursday that they will join the conference:
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) June 30, 2022
This move comes on the heels of Oklahoma and Texas announcing their departure for the SEC last season. That move is set to transpire ahead of the 2025 college football season.
Presumably a flurry of conference realignment moves will follow as the Pac-12 works to replace USC and UCLA in the conference.
There are some rumblings the SEC and Big Ten might not be done adding schools as the college landscape heads toward two super conferences.
The Big Ten is the oldest Division I athletic conference in the U.S. that used to be made up of schools solely in the Midwest. Now, the conference stretches from the Great Plains area to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Big Ten schools include the Universities of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin, as well as Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers.