NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

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

Newsom was present at the UC Board of Regents gathering Wednesday in San Francisco, the first Board of Regents meeting since UCLA and USC announced their moves to the Big Ten Conference.

UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly during the Spring Football Showcase at Drake Track Stadium on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Newsom announced on Wednesday that UCLA will have to explain how the move away from the Pac-12 will benefit the student-athletes, as well as how the move will impact UC Berkeley.

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

USC, UCLA TO LEAVE PAC-12 FOR BIG-10 IN 2024: REPORTS

UC Berkeley and UCLA are the two public universities in the Pac-12 and have played each other in football since 1923.

Caleb Williams, #13 and USC quarterback, and head coach Lincoln Riley, during the USC Football Spring Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. 

Caleb Williams, #13 and USC quarterback, and head coach Lincoln Riley, during the USC Football Spring Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

While the Board of Regents will not be able to force UCLA to reverse its decision, they could force UCLA to pay UC Berkeley an exit fee or share its TV revenues from the Big Ten.

ACC COMMISSIONER DISMISSES NOTION COLLEGE ATHLETICS SHOULD BE A ‘ZERO-SUM STRUCTURE’

In late June, USC and UCLA were approved to join the Big Ten Conference starting in 2024, as the world of college athletics continues to be impacted by conference realignment. Unlike UCLA, USC is a private institution and is not a member of the UC school system, thus not subject to the same rules as the Bruins.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

“They’re gonna compete at the highest level in a major elite conference in different time zones, UCLA is always national,” UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond said following UCLA’s announcement of the move to the Big Ten. “But now we have the ability for student athletes to showcase their talent across the country,” Jarmond said. “I appreciate the Pac-12. That said, my, 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 dynamic is changing, the Big Ten was the right move at the right time for us.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks with reporters after a meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the U.S. Capitol, on Friday, July 15, 2022. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks with reporters after a meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the U.S. Capitol, on Friday, July 15, 2022.
(Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The decision by UCLA and USC to depart 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, kicking off the latest round of conference realignment in college athletics.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *