Lincoln Riley will be making his Big Ten debut in 2024 without Caleb Williams.
Malachi Nelson would be a redshirt freshman. USC’s first game in 2024 is vs. LSU. So the Trojans would play Notre Dame, LSU and some mix of Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State?
But Riley is looking forward to it!
- The irony is USC president Carol Folt and UCLA chancellor Gene Block, who both played a role in the Pac-12’s demise (letting Larry Scott run wild) and oversaw their own football programs’ struggles, now get to act like visionaries because they depart for a bigger conference. They deserve no credit and left behind a mess for the remainder of the Pac-12.
- For all the lip service Bohn pays about atheltes’ mental welfare, I’d be interested to hear him talk about how sports like women’s volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball will handle the excessive travel from a move to the Big Ten. It sure won’t help those athletes from being exhausted mentally and physically.
- Athletes will fly three time zones and 3,000 miles. Bohn doesn’t care.
- “Although this move increases travel distances for teams, the resources offered by Big Ten membership may allow for more efficient transportation options,” UCLA A.D. Martin Jarmond said Thursday.
That means chartered flights are coming for all sports.
- Andy Enfield hates this move. I’m not sure Mick Cronin likes it either as his team makes all those road trips to hostile atmospheres. You can’t compare playing in a Big Ten arena to playing in most Pac-12 arenas.
- How motivated will fans of USC opponents be the next two seasons as the Trojans play their final Pac-12 games against all those schools?
- Today is the one-year anniversary for George Kliavkoff as Pac-12 commissioner. Happy anniversary! Yesterday just happened to be the day Larry Scott received his final paycheck from the Pac-12.
- For the past few months, Pac-12 football coaches have marveled at how Kliavkoff has tacitly catered to USC and Oregon. His reward? USC departs for the Big Ten.
- The honeymoon is over for Kliavkoff, who got nothing but fawning coverage from much of the Pac-12 media the past year.
- Can you imagine what Kliavkoff thinks of Bohn and Jarmond, who negotiated with the Big Ten behind his back last month when the Pac-12 and Big Ten held meetings in Arizona.
- If USC can wrangle some of those noon (PT) kickoff times Michigan seems to always get, this might be a good move for the fans.
- It just got a lot more expensive to travel with the Trojans.
- Conference upheaval is not unprecedented. In 1959, the Pacific Coast Conference disbanded and the Athletic Assn. of Western Univeresities (AAWU) was formed. Original members were USC, UCLA, Cal and Washington. Stanford joined a month later. Washington State joined in 1962 and the Oregon schools joined in 1964. This group became the Pac-8.
- What happens to the Rose Bowl now? Will it need to form a partnership with the SEC to survive or remain relevant?
- I can’t wait to hear Bill Walton explain how his alma mater and USC could possibly leave the “conference of champions.”
- USC interviewed Grand Canyon baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz on Thursday. Second baseman Tyreese Turner, who hit .330 last season, entered the transfer portal Thursday night.
- One idea on the many possibilities for expansion: The Big Ten takes Notre Dame and Stanford.