The big question this week is whether UCLA could be forced to fund Cal to some degree because of the Bruins’ planned departure from the Big Ten
The 2024 exit of USC and UCLA from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten has led to countless stories of the Pac-12 possibly merging, expanding or disappearing, but it has also led to several possibilities that weren’t even considered on the day of the announcement. departure.
One major such report directly affects Cal and involves whether UCLA has any obligations to its sister school from the UC system and whether the Bruins could be forced to share the wealth with Cal.
There are nine UC campuses – four in Northern California and five in Southern California. But Cal and UCLA are the flagship campuses of the UC system and are the only two that have Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs. It came as a surprise to many that UCLA was willing to leave the conference and leave Cal without a consultation.
California’s Gavin Newsome was one of the people surprised, especially with the secrecy in which UCLA negotiated its move to the Big Ten. Apparently prompted by Governor Newsom, who is a former member of the UC Regents, the Regents are reportedly exploring whether UCLA could be forced to share some of its wealth with Cal.
San Jose Mercury-News reporter John Wilner, who is well-informed on Pac-12 developments, noted this Saturday (July 23) story:
Multiple sources believe the regents will explore how to force the Bruins to subsidize Cal’s athletic department, which is losing millions a year in Pac-12 distribution due to the loss of the Los Angeles market.
The details of the power from the regents could not be answered at this stage, including how the money would be redirected.
We’re not sure they can touch Big Ten revenue; instead, they may need to reach UCLA’s state allocations
Three questions arise:
–Do the UC Regents have the power to force UCLA to make financial payments to Cal based on the Bruins’ increased revenue?
I’m guessing they don’t, but that’s just a guess.
–Do the UC Regents have the power to convince UCLA to make financial payments to Cal?
Hard to say. Refusing to provide Cal with any financial support may not help UCLA’s public image, but is that a sufficient motive?
–Does UC Regents have legal recourse in efforts to force UCLA to subsidize Cal’s athletic department?
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The other part of all of this is the involvement of California Chancellor Carol Crist and Golden Bears athletic director Jim Knowlton and how much influence they can or want to have.
Maybe just a coincidence, but on Friday (July 22) Governor Newsom appointed four new members to the UC Regents:
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointments of Elaine E. Bathchlor, Carmen Chu, Ana Matosantos and Mark Robinson to the University of California Board of Regents, and the appointments of Leslie Gilbert-Lurie and Jose Antonio Vargas to the California State University Council on the trustees.
Two of the four appointees have direct ties to Cal, which adds intrigue, although it’s anyone’s guess whether that will have any impact on the Regents’ efforts with UCLA.
In any case, we can now understand why UCLA secretly ended its negotiations with the Big Ten. If the Bruins were transparent about their intentions, it likely would have involved serious discussions with the Cal and/or UC Regents that would have dragged on far longer than the Big Ten (and possibly USC) were willing to wait.
However, it seems clear that Cal, with 28 varsity sports, will have to make some tough choices about its athletic department if the Pac-12 is reduced to 10 schools in 2024 without significant changes to the conference structure or Cal’s athletic plan .
That seems to be what the UC Regents are trying to fix.
Cal and UCLA have played football every year since 1933 and have been in the same conference every year since 1928.
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