On the same day reports surfaced that USC and UCLA were looking to join the Big Ten, it became a formality and the reactions were hilarious.
Thursday started with a bombshell for college football and college sports at large when it was reported that USC and UCLA were heavily exploring leaving the Pac-12 for a move to the Big Ten.
And it didn’t take long for the exploration that needed confirmation from the higher-ups in the conferences and schools to reach the next level.
On Thursday evening, ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported that the move was official with both schools joining the conference in 2024. Both USC and UCLA then confirmed the move (one that officially makes Los Angeles a midwest town now) soon after.
USC, UCLA joining Big Ten: Best memes, tweets and reactions to move
Fans and analysts alike had been making jokes about the potential of a move all day and the memes and reactions to the news didn’t stop once it was made official.
It’s truly going to be hilarious to see these teams playing in the snow late in the college football season instead of in an LA climate or something close.
Geographically, this move obviously makes no sense — but that’s not the important part in the new era of college sports. It’s all about dollars and cents, in addition to the creation of mega-conferences that can rival the SEC now that they’re about to add Oklahoma and Texas.
This is hilarious in so many aspects, but we also shouldn’t expect this to be the last conference shakeup in the near future, even if those don’t involve two extremely Californian schools now joining a prideful midwest conference.