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Source: USC, UCLA planning to join Big Ten

USC and UCLA are "planning to depart the Pac-12 for the Big Ten as early as 2024," according to a source, in a "historic move that would change the landscape of college sports." It is "not known whether the schools are joining the Big Ten in all sports, only in football, or just in football and men’s basketball." The move, which "isn’t official" yet, will have "massive consequences for the Pac-12, stripping it of the schools in its most important recruiting and media hub and the two teams -- USC football and UCLA basketball -- that serve as the face of the conference." The future of the conference is "suddenly in serious doubt" nearing the first anniversary of George Kliavkoff becoming Commissioner and with media-rights negotiations slated to start "later this year" (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 6/30).

Some sources indicated that USC and UCLA's move to the Big Ten is "all but wrapped up," and there "could be an announcement today" (TWITTER.com, 6/30).

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