• University of Oregon and University of Washington bail on woke Pac-12

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    ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C)
    voted unanimously today to admit the University of Oregon and the
    University of Washington to the Big Ten Conference effective August 2,
    2024, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2024-25 academic
    year. With the schools’ admission, Oregon and Washington will also join
    the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), a consortium of world-class research institutions dedicated to advancing their academic missions.

    “I’m thrilled that the University of Oregon has the opportunity to join
    the nation's preeminent academic-athletic conference,” said University of Oregon President John Karl Scholz. “Our student-athletes will participate
    at the highest level of collegiate athletic competition, and our alumni, friends, and fans will be able to carry the spirit of Oregon across the country.”

    “The Big Ten is a thriving conference with strong athletic and academic traditions, and we are excited and confident about competing at the
    highest level on a national stage,” said University of Washington
    President Ana Mari Cauce. “My top priority must be to do what is best for
    our student-athletes and our University, and this move will help ensure a strong future for our athletics program.”

    "The Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome the
    University of Oregon and the University of Washington to the Big Ten Conference," said COP/C Chair and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones. "When considering the full spectrum of academic, athletic and research excellence, the alignment with our member
    institutions is extremely clear. We are excited to welcome them and look forward to collaborating and competing with them in the years ahead."

    “Accepting membership into the Big Ten Conference is a transformational opportunity for the University of Oregon to change the short and long-term trajectory of our university and athletics department,” said Oregon
    athletic director Rob Mullens. “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. 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. At the same time, the college athletics landscape
    has changed dramatically in recent years,” said Washington Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen. “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.”

    In order for an institution to be admitted to the Big Ten Conference, it
    must submit a written application, which must then be approved by at least
    70 percent of the Big Ten COP/C. The University of Oregon and the
    University of Washington formally submitted applications to join the Big
    Ten Conference this afternoon. The Big Ten COP/C then met via conference
    call and unanimously approved both applications.

    "We are excited to welcome the University of Oregon and the University of Washington to the Big Ten Conference,” said Big Ten Commissioner Tony
    Petitti. “We look forward to building long-lasting relationships with the universities, administrators and staff, student-athletes, coaches and
    fans,” Petitti said. “Both institutions feature a combination of academic
    and athletic excellence that will prove a great fit for our future."

    About the University of Oregon
    The UO is a Carnegie R1 research university and a member of the
    Association of American Universities. The UO faculty includes a Nobel
    Prize winner, a MacArthur fellow, a pair of National Medal of Science
    winners and a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. The UO has more than 500 student-athletes who compete in 20 sports. UO teams have taken home 38
    national championships.

    About University of Washington Athletics
    The University of Washington has one of the nation's elite intercollegiate athletics programs that consists of 22 sports. The Huskies have won
    national championships in football, women's cross country, men's rowing, women's rowing, softball, women's volleyball, and women's golf. The
    department annually finishes among the top schools in the nation in the
    NACDA Director's Cup and the Pac-12 Conference.


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