USC and UCLA are leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten

Are we witnessing the real-time disintegration of the Pac-12? It feels like we might be after Jon Wilner dropped a bombshell this morning, reporting that the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins are “planning to leave” the Pac-12 and defect to the Big Ten, perhaps as early as 2024.

Since Wilner’s tweet, CFB journos went into overdrive, and as information trickled out in the subsequent hour, both Pete Thamel of ESPN.com and Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic have reported that it’s a done deal, and an announcement is imminent:

UPDATE: it work final.

This is obviously terrible news for WSU, in as much as the Cougars want to continue to remain relevant at the highest level of college athletics — and continue to reap the financial benefits of that arrangement. The Pac-12’s next media rights deal is right around the corner, and the conference’s negotiating position is massively weakened without both Los Angeles schools in the television footprint.

We’ll update this story as we have more information — and I think I’ll have some thoughts that are a little more coherent at some point today — but for now, have at it in the comments. What happens to us? What happens to the Pac-12?

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