USC Athletics | June 30, 2022
LOS ANGELES- The University of Southern California will take a historic step by joining the Big Ten Conference in 2024, a move that will position USC and its student-athletes for long-term success in athletics and academics.
“Over the past three years, we have worked hard to base our academic decisions on what is best for our students,” said USC President Carol L. Folt. “With the Big Ten, we join a historic conference that shares our commitment to academic excellence and athletic competitiveness, and we position USC and our student-athletes for long-term success and stability amid changing sports media. fast and from the collegiate landscapes of athletics. . We are excited to open this new chapter in 2024.”
The Big Ten conference voted to accept both USC and crosstown rival UCLA as full conference members effective August 2, 2024, allowing both schools to remain in the Pac-12 conference during the term of existing Pac-12 media rights agreements.
“Ultimately, the Big Ten is the best home for USC and Trojan athletics as we enter the new world of collegiate sports,” the athletic director said. Mike Bohn said. “We are excited to have our values align with league member institutions. We will also benefit from the stability and strength of the conference; the athletic caliber of the Big Ten institutions; the visibility, exposure and increased resources the conference will bring to our student-athletes and programs; and the ability to expand engagement with our alumni nationwide.”
USC also shared that beginning this upcoming academic year, all student-athletes, whether scholarship recipients or not, will have the opportunity to receive up to $5,980 per year in direct financial support in the form of rewards for academic achievement, in line with the recent Supreme Court decision. Alston stop. Details and specific criteria for the Alston Awards will be disclosed before the start of the next fall semester.
USC has more than 550 student-athletes who compete in 21 sports, and they are supported by more than 250 coaches and staff. Trojan teams have won 134 national championships and the men’s and women’s have won 483 individual NCAA titles. USC’s football program, which competes at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, has won 11 national championships, appeared in 34 Rose Bowls (with 25 wins), and produced 519 NFL draft picks. USC athletes have also won 326 Summer Olympics medals, including 153 gold. In 2021, USC posted its highest ever NCAA degree completion rate (92%).
Message from President Carol L. Folt to the USC Community
Dear Trojan community,
I write to you with some exciting news about the future of our student-athletes and the University community. We are announcing today that USC will join the Big Ten Conference, with plans to begin membership in August 2024. This decision was made after serious deliberation and analysis, and with great appreciation and respect for our Pac-12 colleagues with whom we have enjoyed a wonderful history and relationship.
We have worked hard over the past three years to base university decisions on what is best for our students. One of our priorities was to create a student-centered athletics program deeply committed to ensuring that all of our student-athletes can compete at the highest athletic level and succeed at the highest academic level. We made it a reality under the leadership of our amazing Sporting Director, Mike Bohnas well as its management team, coaches, staff and, of course, our student-athletes.
Reflecting this commitment, we also announced today that all USC student-athletes – regardless of scholarship status – will have the opportunity to receive direct financial support in the form of Alston Academic Achievement Awards from of the next academic year.
Our move to the Big Ten positions USC for long-term success and stability amid rapidly changing sports media and collegiate sports landscapes. Equally important, we are joining a conference that shares our values of academic excellence, athletic competitiveness, and diversity and inclusion in all sports. The enhanced resources resulting from this move will allow for additional support for our student-athletes as well as beneficial initiatives regarding academics, accessibility and affordability.
When analyzing a move to the Big Ten, we thought about the prospect of additional travel for our student-athletes. We are committed to dedicating the necessary resources to ensure that our student-athletes can continue to thrive in their classes with minimal travel disruption. We know the Big Ten shares our commitment to prioritizing the well-being and academic demands of student-athletes, and we are fortunate to be able to spend the next two years working with the conference on travel and event plans. ‘hourly.
We’re especially excited to have our Crosstown rival, UCLA, join us in the Big Ten in 2024. While we’re fierce competitors on the field, we have a rich tradition of collaboration that we’re excited to continue. As we begin to plan our move, please know that we will do everything we can to preserve the wonderful traditions and rivalries that we have built in the Pac-12 and that our students, alumni and fans have enjoyed for decades.
Please see statements about our move to the Big Ten from Mike Bohn and Suzanne Nora Johnson, chair of the USC board of trustees.
Although today’s decision is the culmination of extraordinary efforts by so many people, it is only the beginning of our journey to the Big Ten. While we don’t have all questions answered today, we will by August 2024. Over the next few weeks, we will be reaching out to all of our constituencies to discuss our announcement in more detail and offer opportunities to ask about our future in the Big Ten.
I want to thank our entire Trojan Family – generations of loyal Trojans who have supported and loved USC for over 100 years. We couldn’t do what we do every day without you, and we hope you’re as excited as we are about what’s to come.
In the meantime, I wish you all a safe and happy summer.
Carol L. Folt
Full statement from the sporting director Mike Bohn
I’m beyond thrilled that USC is joining the Big Ten conference. We are grateful to the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors and Commissioner Kevin Warren for the opportunity to become a member of the nation’s oldest and richest conference. We will officially begin our membership in August 2024.
We intend to end our Pac-12 conference membership when the current Pac-12 media rights agreement expires in August 2024. We look forward to participating in the next two years of Pac-12 and wish express our most sincere gratitude to the conference. and its member institutions for decades of wonderful experiences. The exceptional sporting legacy of the Trojans will always be synonymous with the Pac-12, and there are so many iconic moments and memories that we will cherish forever. We hold the Pac-12 and our respected colleagues in the highest regard.
This is the most volatile and uncertain era in the history of American collegiate athletics. USC must ensure that it is best positioned and prepared for whatever comes next, and it is our responsibility to always assess potential opportunities and be prepared to make changes if necessary. Ultimately, the Big Ten is the best home for USC and Trojan athletics as we enter the new world of collegiate sports. We are delighted that our values align with league member institutions. We will also benefit from the stability and strength of the conference; the athletic caliber of Big Ten institutions; the increased visibility, exposure and resources the conference will bring to our student-athletes and programs; and the ability to expand engagement with our alumni nationwide.
For more than two years, our athletics department has been unified behind our vision to be the most student-athlete centered program in the country. At the heart of this mission is the responsibility to provide the resources necessary for our student-athletes to succeed on and off the playing field and to ensure that our student-athletes compete for championships at the highest levels and on the most big scenes. By joining the Big Ten, we are confident that we will continue to deliver on that promise for our current student-athletes and the generations of student-athletes who will wear Cardinal and Gold in the future.
I am so grateful to President Carol L. Folt for her bold vision, courageous leadership and decisive action. From the beginning, she and I were united in our goal to build an athletics department that sets the standard for supporting student-athletes. I also thank Past Board Chair Rick Caruso, incoming Board Chair Suzanne Nora Johnson and all other Board members for their continued support of our student-athletes and the Trojan athletics program.
The future of USC athletics is bigger, brighter, better and more limitless than it has ever been. Every Saturday at the Colosseum you will feel like the “grandfather of all!” Trojan Family, the best is yet to come.
Statement from USC Board Chair Suzanne Nora Johnson
On behalf of the USC Board of Directors, I would like to express our support for President Carol L. Folt, Director of Athletics Mike Bohn, the Big Ten and the Pac-12. Throughout USC’s history, many of our traditions have been rooted in athletics and are a source of deep, unifying pride within the Trojan family.
Over the past three years, Chairman Folt has built a world-class leadership team and defined a strong strategic vision for USC. This decision is another example of his dedication to achieving ambitious goals for the university. We are grateful to him and Athletic Director Bohn for cementing USC’s place in the national athletic landscape and serving the best interests of the university’s students and other stakeholders. We’re proud of the legacy the Pac-12 has helped us build, and we look forward to working closely with the Big Ten to create an exciting new legacy in USC athletics.