The Rose Bowl will no longer be the sole featured matchup between football programs from the Big Ten Conference and Pacific 12 Conference moving forward.
The two leagues announced Wednesday a collaborative effort to enhance long-term scheduling commitments between the two conferences across all sports for the 24 schools involved.
The history of the Rose Bowl competition between the two leagues dates back more than a century. The new Big Ten-Pac-12 collaboration will feature more games between the two conferences. Details for this effort will continue to be announced as the conferences’ administrators and staff members meet in the coming year.
“As other conferences continue to grow through expansion, we believe there is great merit in deepening the historic relationship between the Big Ten and Pac-12,” Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany said. “We believe that both conferences can preserve that sense of collegiality and still grow nationally by leveraging our commonalities in a way that benefits student-athletes, fans and alumni. This collaboration can and will touch many institutional undertakings, and will complement our academic and athletic missions.”
Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the two sides decided “there was great value in building upon the history” of the two leagues.
“Through numerous conversations over the past several months with stakeholders from the Big Ten and Pac-12, we decided there would be great value in building upon the history and collegiality that exists between our member institutions, by initially committing to an increased frequency of play between our schools in all sports,” Scott said.
Perhaps the biggest attraction nationally to this new plan will be on the football fields and basketball hardwoods.
In football, the plan is to create an annual 12 inter-conference game schedule between the two conferences by the 2017 season. That means each school will play an opponent from the other conference every with some flexibility built into the process to respect existing post-2017 FBS non-conference matchups.
Wednesday’s press release also indicated that many sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, could see an increased level of inter-conference competition in the near term, possibly as early as the 2012-13 academic year.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 are proud to share their culture, tradition, values and rich history of collegiate competition, and this dates back to the inaugural Rose Bowl game in 1902. The two conferences have met in Pasadena on 62 occasions, including 55 consecutive meetings from 1947-2001.
Both conferences will have their own league networks by 2012. The Big created the first national conference-owned television network when it launched the Big Ten Network (BTN) in 2007. The Pac-12 will be launching its own television network in August 2012. Both networks will be able to provide national coverage to a number of the inter-conference competitions.