The Big Ten Conference has done something unusual: Unite USC and UCLA fans.
If USC had gone to the Big Ten alone, UCLA fans would be livid. If UCLA had gone alone, USC fans would be indignant.
But the fan bases can put aside their tribalism for a little while, as they partner for their big move. They need each other at the moment to move forward.
I’ve started to hear from USC fans unhappy with the move to the Big Ten but I think UCLA fans are probably more skeptical about the switch. For one, UCLA is not a football powerhouse and Chip Kelly hasn’t said a word so far.
But maybe more important, UCLA basketball is going to bear the brunt of the travel issues. Will it help UCLA’s NCAA Tournament performances to travel back to the Midwest all winter? And then go to Chicago or Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament?