Reactions proceed to pour in over the most recent bombshell information that USC and UCLA — the 2 greatest faculty manufacturers on the West Coast — are leaving the Pac-12 for the Huge Ten in 2024.
The enlargement has left many pondering that faculty soccer is headed towards a professional mannequin with two mega-conferences. It is a win for different faculties within the Huge Ten that really feel USC and UCLA will help “carry some weight,” whereas it is a blow for a Pac-12 Convention that hasn’t despatched a crew to the Faculty Soccer Playoff since 2016.
On Monday’s “The Herd,” Colin Cowherd broke down what USC and UCLA’s transfer to the Huge Ten means for school soccer and why it would not come as a shock, contemplating latest strikes from different faculties.
“I used to be not shocked [that] USC joined the Huge Ten — I used to be shocked UCLA went for it,” Cowherd stated. “USC has been sad for years. The Pac-12 doesn’t create the income they want. Once they received Lincoln Riley, they bought him on, ‘Huge issues are taking place.’ … They’ve thought of going impartial. … They felt they have been handled no higher than Washington State … and USC and UCLA are virtually half the TV income for the convention.”
What USC and UCLA’s transfer to Huge Ten means for school soccer
Colin Cowherd reacts to the choice and discusses how this convention alignment impacts the way forward for faculty soccer.
USC is coming off a 4-8 season below the brand new rent of head coach Riley, whereas UCLA completed 8-4 final season.
The Pac-12 introduced in simply $341 million in income final yr and distributed solely $19.8 million per college within the fiscal 2021 yr, which was by far the least amongst Energy 5 conferences (a fleeting concept today). The Huge Ten divvied up $680 million to its member faculties in the identical fiscal yr.
“Right here [are] 5 questions I hear,” Cowherd continued. “‘What in regards to the Pac-12?’ Properly, it was lifeless 5 years in the past. That is someone else’s downside. … ‘What about all of the journey?’ Properly, it is unhealthy for Olympic sports activities, but it surely’s fairly simple for soccer. USC and UCLA will play their out-of-conference video games to start out the season in September at residence, after which they will have their 10 convention video games — 5 on the highway, possibly an occasional back-to-back.
“Of us, as soon as Texas [and] Oklahoma determined to go to the SEC, what’re you gonna sit round and do should you’re the Huge Ten or USC? … Faculty soccer has a big-game downside. … Faculty soccer is a litany of ugly, unwatchable, blowout, uneven video games. USC and UCLA to the Huge Ten solves a number of that downside. What’s it gonna appear to be in 10 years? Who is aware of and who cares?”
With the additions of USC and UCLA, the Huge Ten will increase its membership to 16 groups. The SEC will even enhance its membership to 16 by 2025 after voting final yr to permit Oklahoma and Texas to affix.
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