Regents set date to decide UCLA’s Big Ten move

The University of California regents will decide Dec. 14 whether UCLA can depart the Pac-12 for the Big Ten.

The regents met Thursday in San Francisco and discussed whether to “affirm, overturn, or abstain” from action on UCLA’s decision to become a Big Ten member in 2024, scheduling a new meeting to make their final decision.

“Following a report and discussion on the impacts of conference realignment related to the student-athlete experience, the Board of Regents announced that it will hold a special meeting on December 14th to make a final determination regarding UCLA’s intention to join the Big Ten conference,” the group said in a statement released Thursday. “This additional time will allow the Board to fully consider the information presented today and address any additional questions that arise. It will also allow the Office of the President to make specific recommendations on how the university will better support and enhance the student-athlete experience.”

UCLA announced June 30 it would be joining the Big Ten, along with USC, a private institution, beginning in 2024. The Big Ten in August finalized a new media rights agreement — set to bring in more than $1 billion per year — with both UCLA and USC included.

The UC regents discussed UCLA’s potential move at recent meetings but included it as an action item on the Thursday agenda. In September, UC regents general counsel Charles Robinson said the board had the authority to block a move.

UCLA on Tuesday sent the regents a document outlining the school’s financial plans for travel, academic support, mental health services, nutrition and other areas surrounding the conference move, as well as a survey of Bruins athletes about their thoughts on switching.

UCLA chancellor Gene Block said Thursday that increased revenue from the Big Ten would prevent the school from having to tighten its athletic budget and possibly cut certain sports, The Athletic reported.

The Pac-12 is expected to finalize its new media rights agreement after a decision about UCLA’s future is reached.

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