Oregon and Washington have finalized a deal to hitch the Huge Ten starting within the 2024-25 season, strikes that seemingly are the demise blow to the century-old Pac-12.

The colleges formally utilized for membership Friday and have been accepted after a Huge Ten vote later within the day.

UPDATE: Arizona State and Utah have been unanimously voted in to Huge 12 membership on Friday evening. They be a part of former Pac-12 member Arizona. The Huge 12 now has 16 groups for the 2024 season.

“We are thrilled to welcome Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah to the Big 12,” commissioner Brett Yormark stated in a press release. “The Conference is gaining three premier institutions both academically and athletically, and the entire Big 12 looks forward to working alongside their presidents, athletic directors, student-athletes and administrators.”

EARLIER: Fellow Pac-12 faculties are additionally on the transfer. Arizona utilized to and was admitted to the Huge 12 on Friday, in response to experiences, though the deal has not been finalized. Utah and Arizona State have additionally utilized to the Huge 12, experiences point out. Final week, Colorado left the Pac-12 for the Huge 12, beginning the chain response. Pac-12 stalwarts UCLA and USC introduced late final yr that they’d be a part of the Huge 10 in 2024.

The strikes go away the Pac-12 with simply California, Stanford, Oregon State, and Washington State. The Pac-12 may have a tough time discovering faculties so as to add to them. The Mountain West convention has a $32 million exit price per faculty to depart earlier than the beginning of the 2025 soccer season.

The Pac-12’s demise would depart the Huge 10, SEC, ACC and Huge-12 as the faculty athletics energy gamers, with perennial prime program Notre Dame remaining an unbiased, though having an settlement with the ACC to schedule its faculties 5 occasions per season.

“We are excited to welcome the University of Oregon and the University of Washington to the Big Ten Conference,” Huge Ten commissioner Tony Petitti stated in a press release. “We look ahead to constructing long-lasting relationships with the colleges, directors and employees, student-athletes, coaches and followers.

“Both institutions feature a combination of academic and athletic excellence that will prove a great fit for our future.”

Oregon and Washington will obtain solely a partial share of the convention tv cash allotment by means of the size of its upcoming tv deal, which fits by means of the 2029-30 faculty yr. Their shares will escalate yr by yr through the transition to full cash.

In any case, the shares dwarf what can be anticipated from the Pac-12 and ACC. The Huge 10’s tv deal remains to be being negotiated, however is anticipated to carry its member faculties greater than $50 million per yr, with some estimates ranging as excessive as $70 million per yr.

The addition of Oregon and Washington means the Huge 10 now has 18 faculties from coast to coast. The league final expanded within the east by including Rutgers and Maryland.

“The stability and exposure of joining the Big Ten is of great benefit to the University of Oregon, and we are grateful to the Big Ten presidents and chancellors for accepting our application to join the conference,” Oregon AD Rob Mullens stated in a press release. “We look forward to the opportunity for our student-athletes to compete in this conference, which includes many of the best programs in the nation in every sport.”

“We have tremendous respect and gratitude for the Pac-12, its treasured history and traditions,” Washington AD Jennifer Cohen stated in a press release. “At the same time, the college athletics landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. The Big Ten’s history of athletic and academic success and long-term stability best positions our teams for future success, and we are energized at the opportunity to compete at the highest level against some of the best programs in the country.”

The SEC may have a 16-team convention when Texas and Oklahoma take part 2024, the identical yr the Huge Ten provides its West Coast additions in immediately’s groups, plus UCLA and USC. The Huge 12 is formally as much as 13, and that quantity might rise quickly.

Oregon and Washington symbolize robust soccer additions for the Huge Ten, as they’ve taken half within the Faculty Soccer Playoff. They may be a part of Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan as previous Faculty Soccer Playoff groups in that league.