Gavin Newsom demands an explanation from UCLA on the move of the Big Ten

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UCLA will need to provide answers to California Governor Gavin Newsom about why the school chose to leave the Pac-12 conference for the Big Ten beginning in 2024.

Newsom was present at Wednesday’s UCLA Board of Governors meeting in San Francisco, the first meeting of the Board of Governors since UCLA and UCLA announced their transition to the Big Ten Conference.

UCLA head coach Chip Kelly poses during the spring football show at Drake Track Stadium on the UCLA campus on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
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Newsom announced on Wednesday that UCLA will have to explain How moving away from Pac-12 will benefit student-athletes, as well as how the move will affect UC Berkeley.

“The number one duty of every public university is to the people – especially the students,” Newsom said in a statement. “UCLA must clearly explain to the public how this deal will improve the experience for all of its student-athletes, honor its century-old partnership with UC Berkeley, and preserve the histories, competitions, and traditions that enrich our communities.”

USC, UCLA to leave PAC-12 for BIG-10 in 2024: reports

University of California at Berkeley and University of California at Los Angeles two years Universities in Pac-12 and they have played each other in football since 1923.

Caleb Williams, No. 13 and USC quarterback, and head coach Lincoln Riley, during the USC Spring Football Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Caleb Williams, No. 13 and USC quarterback, and head coach Lincoln Riley, during the USC Spring Football Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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While the Board of Rulers will not be able to force UCLA to reverse its decisionthey can force UCLA to pay an exit fee to UC Berkeley or share television revenue from the Big Ten.

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In late June, the USC and UCLA were approved to join the Big Ten Conference beginning in 2024, as the world of college athletics continues to be affected by the reorganization of the conference. Unlike the University of California, USC is a private institution It is not a member of the UC School System, and therefore is not subject to the same rules as Bruins.

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“They will compete at the highest level in the major elite conference in different time zones, UCLA always at the national level,” said Martin Garmond, UCLA athletics director, following UCLA’s announcement of the move to the Big Ten. “But now we have the ability to showcase the talents of student athletes across the country,” Garmond said. “I appreciate the Pac-12. However, my focus first and foremost is our student-athletes, and what is best for our student-athletes. And when you look at the landscape and how the dynamic changes, the Big Ten was the right move at the right time for us.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks with reporters after a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the US Capitol, Friday, July 15, 2022.

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks with reporters after a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the US Capitol, Friday, July 15, 2022.
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UCLA and USC’s decision to leave the Pac-12 Conference for the Big Ten comes more than a year after Oklahoma and Texas announced their intention to join the SEC in 2025, ushering in the latest round of conference reorganization in college athletics.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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