Just about two months following the startling announcement that USC and UCLA will leave the Pac-12 and be part of the Huge Ten in 2024, there continues to be the concern of how UCLA could go away devoid of getting its University of California method associate, Cal, with it.
An ESPN.com tale posted on July 11 specifics substantially of the approach that despatched USC and UCLA to the Large Ten, and one particular aspect of that report addresses UCLA’s departure without bringing Cal along.
The other challenge is this: How could the UC Regents enable UCLA go away the meeting and go away Cal guiding.
The UC Regents concern is not settled and Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News claimed on July 12 (Tuesday) that the UC Regents will discuss UCLA’s transfer with litigation feasible.
Below is an excerpt from Wilner’s story:
The University of California’s Board of Regents is scheduled to explore UCLA’s momentous move to the Large 10 — a shift that could have severe monetary repercussions for Cal — throughout a assembly subsequent 7 days.
The board, which oversees the prestigious university system’s 10 campuses, will examine the Bruins’ breathtaking departure from the Pac-12 in a closed session on July 21, according to the agenda posted on the regents’ web site.
And this from the Wilner report:
Can the regents avoid UCLA from departing the Pac-12, along with USC, in the summertime of 2024?
Or are the regents them selves facing litigation for allowing the Bruins to depart the meeting that has been their dwelling for much more than a century?
Let’s also take a appear at the portion of the ESPN report posted on July 11 that talks about the UCLA-Cal separation.
Right here is the ESPN excerpt on that issue:
There was additional shock, according to sources, that UCLA was equipped to depart thinking about its shut romance with Cal as element of the College of California procedure. Cal and UCLA are the best-profile educational institutions in the procedure, and the two on a regular basis rank amid the nation’s most effective general public universities.
“The thriller to me is how the regents authorized UCLA to go and depart Cal … wounded,” one source stated. “This is not fantastic for Cal or any person else in the Pac-10.”
As the president of the University of California, Dr. Michael Drake oversees 10 campuses, but prior to his appointment in June 2020, he served as the president of Ohio Point out for just about 7 yrs (Jarmond, a previous assistant/deputy athletic director at Ohio Point out, overlapped with Drake for roughly 4 years ahead of leaving to grow to be the Ad at Boston College or university in 2017.) Drake ostensibly would not have essential to be educated on the deserves of Significant Ten membership.
Drake’s workplace denied a ask for from ESPN to job interview Drake about his involvement in UCLA’s move or the ramifications it will have on Cal. ESPN’s ask for to talk with Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton was also denied.
“UCLA management knowledgeable President Drake that conversations involving UCLA and the Large 10 have been developing but he was not involved at all in individuals conversations or in any negotiations,” a spokesperson for the University of California Workplace of the President told ESPN in an email. “… decisions associated to athletics are formulated and executed at the campus-amount. There is no requirement for a decision from the University of California Board of Regents or the Place of work of the President.”
Although the UC regents did not need to have to formally approve UCLA’s meeting separation from Cal, UCLA very likely desired support from crucial regents to make a shift that, although helping itself, could hurt its sister school.
“You have to imagine UCLA didn’t do this in a vacuum without the need of the [UC] regents understanding,” a Pac-12 source explained.
A resource advised Wilner that Cal chancellor Carol Christ was “blindsided” by the news that UCLA was departing for the Large Ten.
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5 issues keep on being:
–Could the UC Regents have finished one thing to prevent the separation of Cal and UCLA?
–When did Cal officers learn that UCLA was preparing to depart the Pac-12, or was the announcement that the Bruins will be part of the Significant Ten the initially they read about it?
–What did Cal officers try to do about UCLA’s designs to leave the Pac-12, or did they find out about it much too late to do anything?
–Are Cal officers irritated that UCLA remaining with out them?
–Does Cal have any recourse pertaining to doable action towards the UC regents?
Cal and UCLA have been in the identical football meeting each and every year due to the fact 1928, and have played every single other in soccer every yr considering that 1933. They have been together by way of 5 convention names — from the Pacific Coast Meeting to the Athletic Affiliation of Western Universities (AAWU) to the Pac-8 to the Pac-10 to the Pac-12. They had been two of the 4 Pacific Coastline Meeting schools in 1943 and 1944, and two of the 5 AAWU associates 1959, 1960 and 1961.
That will conclusion in the 2024-25 university yr, leaving the football foreseeable future of the Pac-12 and Cal extremely much up in the air.
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