CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University is responding this evening to breaking news that two PAC-12 schools are leaving the conference to join the Big Ten conference in 25 months.
The Big Ten voted unanimously to add the University of Southern California and UCLA as conference members effective August 2, 2024. Its expansion to 16 teams will happen after the Pac-12’s current media rights contracts with Fox and ESPN expire. It also makes the Big Ten the first collegiate conference to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. The announcement came almost a year after Universities of Oklahoma and Texas formally accepted invitations to join the Southeastern Conference in July 2025.
Oregon State University Interim President Becky Johnson says, "Oregon State University is surprised and disappointed by the decision of USC and UCLA to leave the Pac-12 Conference. OSU continues to strongly believe in the continuing strength of the Pac-12 Conference as a conference of champions made up of globally recognized Tier 1 research universities. The strength and momentum of Oregon State in teaching, research, service and athletic competition is profound and will continue."
OSU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Barnes says, "Oregon State University is aware of the news that UCLA and USC have officially been accepted to join the Big Ten Conference beginning in 2024. We are engaged in ongoing discussions with the Pac-12 Conference and Oregon State University leadership to ensure that Oregon State and the Pac-12 remain at the highest level of intercollegiate membership and competition nationally. We are very proud of the continuing accomplishments of OSU student-athletes and coaches in athletic competition, in the classroom and in the community. There is significant momentum throughout Oregon State University and within Beaver Athletics, including transformative projects like Completing Reser Stadium, a national best-in-class football facility with year-round programs and facilities for OSU students, faculty and staff. This past academic year 14 of our 17 programs were represented in postseason competition, 21 student-athletes received All-America recognition and five OSU coaches received Coach of the Year honors. We will work tirelessly and proactively in partnership with the Pac-12 to maintain this momentum for all of Beaver Nation."