Pac-12 Conference

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Pac-12 Conference
Pac-12 logo.svg
FormerlyPacific Coast Conference
(PCC, 1915–1959)
Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU, 1959–1968)
Pacific-8 (1968–1978)
Pacific-10 (1978–2011)
Association NCAA
Founded1915;109 years ago (1915)
(as Pacific Coast Conference)
1959;65 years ago (1959)
(as AAWU)
Commissioner Teresa Gould (since February 29, 2024)
Sports fielded
  • 24
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 13
Division Division I
Subdivision FBS
No. of teams12 (2 in 2024)
Headquarters San Ramon, California
Region
Official website pac-12.com
Locations
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The Pac-12 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western United States, participating in 24 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the highest level of college football in the nation.

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The conference's 12 members are located in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. They include each state's flagship public university, four additional public universities, and two private research universities.

Ten of the twelve members have announced their intention to leave the conference in 2024, and the conference is expected to operate as a two-team conference at least in 2024.

The modern Pac-12 conference formed after the disbanding of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC), the principal members of which founded the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) in 1959. The conference previously went by the names Big Five, Big Six, Pacific-8, and Pacific-10. The Pac-12 moniker was adopted in 2011 with the addition of Colorado and Utah.

Nicknamed the "Conference of Champions", the Pac-12 has won more NCAA national championships in team sports than any other conference in history. [1] The top three schools with the most NCAA team championships are members of the Pac-12: Stanford; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and University of Southern California (USC), respectively. Washington's national title in women's rowing in 2017 was the 500th NCAA championship won by a Pac-12 school. [2]

Member schools

Full members

The Pac-12 currently has 12 full-member institutions. The conference was previously split into two divisions, the North Division and the South Division, for football only.

The Pac-12's members are spread evenly among three regions, with four schools in California, four in the Pacific Northwest, and four in the Four Corners region.

  Members departing for the Big Ten Conference on August 2, 2024.
  Members departing for the Big 12 Conference on August 2, 2024.
  Members departing for the Atlantic Coast Conference on August 2, 2024.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentEndowmentNicknameColors
University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona 18851978 Public 49,471 [3] $1.26 billion Wildcats    
Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona 18851978Public79,232 [4] $1.25 billion Sun Devils    
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California 18681915Public45,307 [5] $6.91 billion [6] Golden Bears    
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California 19191928Public45,900 [7] $6.72 billion [8] Bruins    
University of Colorado, Boulder Boulder, Colorado 18762011Public36,430 [9] $2.12 billion Buffaloes      
University of Oregon Eugene, Oregon 18761915Public23,202 [10] $1.4 billion Ducks    
Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon 18681915Public35,239 [11] $0.83 billion Beavers    
University of Southern California Los Angeles, California 18801922Private49,500 [12] $8 billion Trojans    
Stanford University Stanford, California 18911918Private16,937 [13] $37.80 billion Cardinal    
University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 18502011Public34,900 [14] $1.32 billion Utes    
University of Washington Seattle, Washington 18611915Public49,165 [15] $4.07 billion Huskies    
Washington State University Pullman, Washington 18901917Public24,139 [16] $1.28 billion Cougars    

Member map

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California
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UCLA
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USC
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Stanford
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Oregon
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Oregon State
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Washington
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Washington State
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Arizona State
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Arizona
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Utah
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Colorado
Pac-12 Conference Full Member Locations
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San Diego State
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Little Rock
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Cal State Bakersfield
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Cal Poly
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UC Davis
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Affiliate members

The Pac-12 has four affiliate member institutions in California and one in Arkansas.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsPac-12
sport(s)
Primary
conference
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California 19011986–87Public21,812 [17] Mustangs      Wrestling Big West
California State University, Bakersfield [lower-alpha 1] Bakersfield, California 19651987–8811,206 [20] Roadrunners    
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas 19272019–208,197 [21] Trojans       OVC
San Diego State University [lower-alpha 2] [lower-alpha 3] San Diego, California 18972005–0635,723 [24] Aztecs    Men's soccer, Mountain West
2023–24Women's lacrosse
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) [lower-alpha 3] Davis, California 19082023–2441,500 [25] Aggies    Women's lacrosse Big West
Notes
  1. Cal State–Bakersfield initially announced it would become a men's soccer affiliate starting in 2013, [18] but never went through with those plans, accepting an invitation to become an all-sports member of the Western Athletic Conference, which sponsors men's soccer, also in 2013; it would move to the Big West Conference, which also sponsors men's soccer, in 2020. The school maintains its Pac-12 affiliation in wrestling, which neither the WAC nor the Big West sponsors. [19]
  2. San Diego State will be departing the Pac-12 in men's soccer to move their program to the Western Athletic Conference for the 2024 season. [22]
  3. 1 2 San Diego State and UC Davis will be departing the Pac-12 in women's lacrosse to move their programs to the Big 12 Conference for the 2025 season. [23]

Former full members

No school has left the Pac-12 since its founding as the AAWU in 1959. Two members of the PCC were not invited to join the AAWU or its successors.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeNicknameColorsCurrent
conference
University of Idaho Moscow, Idaho 188919221959Public Vandals     Big Sky
University of Montana Missoula, Montana 189319241950 Grizzlies    

Former affiliate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeNicknameColorsPac-12
sport
Primary
conference
Boise State University Boise, Idaho 193219872017Public Broncos    Wrestling [lower-alpha 1] Mountain West
University of California, Davis Davis, California 190519922010 Aggies     Big West
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, California 190920102015 Gauchos    Men's swimming & diving [lower-alpha 2]
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California 1901 Mustangs      
California State University, Fresno Fresno, California 191119861991 Bulldogs    Wrestling [lower-alpha 3] Mountain West
California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, California 19572011 Titans       Big West
Eastern Washington University Cheney, Washington 188219821990 Eagles    Baseball Big Sky
Gonzaga University Spokane, Washington 18871995Private Bulldogs       West Coast
Portland State University Portland, Oregon 194619831998Public Vikings      Baseball

Wrestling

Big Sky
19982009
University of Portland Portland, Oregon 190119821995Private Pilots    Baseball West Coast
San Jose State University San Jose, California 185719861988Public Spartans      Wrestling Mountain West
Utah State University Logan, Utah 18881989 Aggies      
Notes
  1. Boise State dropped wrestling after the 2016–17 season.
  2. UCSB's men's swimming & diving team now competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
  3. Fresno State eventually dropped wrestling after the 2005–06 season. The program was revived in 2017 and competed in the Big 12 Conference until being discontinued again after the 2020–21 season.

Anticipated membership changes

On June 30, 2022, amid the broader early-2020s NCAA conference realignment, UCLA and USC announced plans to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten Conference starting in 2024. [26] [27] In 2023, Colorado announced it would re-join the Big 12 starting in 2024. [28] Following this move, Oregon and Washington announced plans to also join the Big Ten in 2024, [29] and Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah announced plans to follow Colorado to the Big 12, which would have left the Pac-12 with just four member schools. [30] Stanford and Cal also decided to leave the Pac-12 for the Atlantic Coast Conference, joining SMU in 2024, dropping conference membership to just Oregon State and Washington State for the 2024–25 season. [31] On September 8, 2023, Oregon State and Washington State filed a lawsuit against the Pac-12 and Commissioner George Kliavkoff in Washington State Superior Court for control of the conference, contending that the departing schools, under the conference constitution, forfeited their right to participate in governing the conference by publicly declaring their intention to leave, and that if they retain control they might use it to dissolve the league and drain its millions of dollars in assets. [32] As the legal battle plays out, Yahoo! Sports reported that the Pac-12 is "expected to operate as a two-member conference at least for [2024]" [33] and would be recognized under a two-year grace period, until 2026, to meet conference requirements in the NCAA bylaws. [34]

Facilities

  Members departing for the Big Ten.
  Members departing for the Big 12.
  Members departing for the ACC.

SchoolFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacity
Arizona Arizona Stadium 50,800 [35] McKale Center 14,655 [36] Hi Corbett Field 9,500 [37]
Arizona State Mountain America Stadium 53,599 [38] Desert Financial Arena 14,198 [39] Phoenix Municipal Stadium 8,775 [40]
California California Memorial Stadium 63,000 [41] Haas Pavilion 11,858 [42] Evans Diamond 2,500 [43]
Colorado Folsom Field 50,183 [44] CU Events Center 11,064 [45] No team, dropped in 1980
Oregon Autzen Stadium 54,000 [46] Matthew Knight Arena 12,346 [47] PK Park 3,600 [48]
Oregon State Reser Stadium 35,548 [49] Gill Coliseum 9,604 [50] Goss Stadium at Coleman Field 3,587 [51]
Stanford Stanford Stadium 50,424 [52] Maples Pavilion 7,233 [53] Klein Field at Sunken Diamond 4,000 [54]
UCLA Rose Bowl 92,542 [55] Pauley Pavilion 13,800 [56] [57] Jackie Robinson Stadium 1,820 [58]
USC Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 77,500 [59] Galen Center 10,258 [60] Dedeaux Field 2,500 [61]
Utah Rice-Eccles Stadium 51,444 [62] Jon M. Huntsman Center 15,000 [63] Smith's Ballpark 15,411 [64]
Washington Husky Stadium 70,083 [65] Hec Edmundson Pavilion 10,000 [66] Husky Ballpark 2,212 [67]
Washington State Martin Stadium 32,952 [68] Beasley Coliseum 11,671 [69] Bailey-Brayton Field 3,500 [70]

    Key personnel

      Members departing for the Big Ten.
      Members departing for the Big 12.
      Members departing for the ACC.

    SchoolAthletic directorFootball coachSalary [71] Men's basketball coachSalary [72] Women's basketball coachBaseball coachSoftball coachVolleyball coach (women, men)
    Arizona Desiree Reed-Francois Brent Brennan $3,100,000 Tommy Lloyd $4,100,000 Adia Barnes Chip Hale Caitlin Lowe Charita Stubbs
    Arizona State Jim Rund (interim) Kenny Dillingham $3,850,000 Bobby Hurley $2,610,000 Natasha Adair Willie Bloomquist Megan Bartlett JJ Van Niel
    California Jim Knowlton Justin Wilcox $4,400,000 Mark Madsen TBA Charmin Smith Mike Neu Chelsea Spencer Sam Crosson
    Colorado Rick George Deion Sanders $5,500,000 Tad Boyle $2,425,000 JR Payne No teamNo teamJesse Mahoney
    Oregon Rob Mullens Dan Lanning $6,624,999 Dana Altman $4,009,500 Kelly Graves Mark Wasikowski Melyssa LombardiMatt Ulmer
    Oregon State Scott Barnes Trent Bray $2,000,000 Wayne Tinkle $2,674,012 Scott Rueck Mitch Canham Laura BergMark Barnard
    Stanford Bernard Muir Troy Taylor NA† Kyle Smith NA† Kate Paye David Esquer Jessica Allister Kevin Hambly
    UCLA Martin Jarmond Deshaun Foster TBA Mick Cronin $4,100,000 Cori Close John Savage Kelly Inouye-Perez Michael Sealy, John Speraw
    USC Jennifer Cohen Lincoln Riley NA† Eric Musselman NA† Lindsay Gottlieb Andy Stankiewicz No team Brad Keller
    Utah Mark Harlan Kyle Whittingham $6,325,000 Craig Smith $1,950,000 Lynne Roberts Gary Henderson Amy HogueBeth Launiere
    Washington Patrick Chun Jedd Fisch $7,750,000 Danny Sprinkle TBA Tina Langley Jason Kelly Heather Tarr Leslie Gabriel
    Washington State Vacant Jake Dickert $2,700,000 David Riley TBA Kamie Ethridge Nathan Choate No teamJen Greeny

    †Private institution are not required to release coaching salaries •Salaries based on 2022–2023 academic year

    Academics

    All of the member schools are doctorate-granting universities.

    Ten of the twelve member schools are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) as of 2024, including all the Arizona and California-based schools, [73] as well as at least one university in each state that has a Pac-12 member university. This is the second-highest number of AAU universities among FBS conferences (behind only the Big Ten Conference).

    Additionally, these member schools are also highly ranked nationally and globally by various groups, including the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and Times Higher Education World University Rankings (Times).

    The following table shows National University rank by U.S. News & World Report as of 2024. [74]

    Also indicated is membership in the Association of American Universities. [75]

      Members departing for the Big Ten.
      Members departing for the Big 12.
      Members departing for the ACC.

    InstitutionNational University RankAAU Member
    Stanford University 3Yes
    University of California, Berkeley 15 (tie)Yes
    University of California, Los Angeles 15 (tie)Yes
    University of Southern California 28Yes
    University of Washington 40Yes
    University of Oregon 98 (tie)Yes
    Arizona State University 105 (tie)Yes
    University of Colorado Boulder 105 (tie)Yes
    University of Arizona 115 (tie)Yes
    University of Utah 115 (tie)Yes
    Oregon State University 142No
    Washington State University 178No

    Athletic department revenue by school

    Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights and licensing, student fees, school funds and all other sources including TV income, camp income, concessions, and novelties.

    Total expenses includes coach and staff salaries, scholarships, buildings and grounds, maintenance, utilities and rental fees, recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues, and insurance.

    The following table shows institutional reporting to the United States Department of Education as shown on the DOE Equity in Athletics website for the 2021–22 academic year. [76]

      Members departing for the Big Ten.
      Members departing for the Big 12.
      Members departing for the ACC.

    Institution2021–22 Total Revenue from Athletics2021–22 Total Expenses on Athletics
    USC $187,650,353$187,650,353
    Stanford University $156,600,887$156,600,887
    University of Washington $145,184,864$136,494,743
    UCLA $131,106,913$131,106,913
    University of Oregon $121,317,887$121,162,341
    University of Arizona $119,744,767$116,078,717
    California $118,212,181$114,485,848
    Arizona State University $107,133,368$107,133,368
    University of Utah $97,107,481$90,906,746
    University of Colorado $95,981,956$95,981,956
    Oregon State University $87,727,179$87,727,179
    Washington State University $84,195,555$82,858,720

    The following table shows revenue specifically from NCAA / Conference Distributions, Media Rights, and Post-Season Football reported by the Knight Commission for the 2021–22 academic year. [77]

      Members departing for the Big Ten.
      Members departing for the Big 12.
      Members departing for the ACC.

    Institution2021–22 Distribution (Millions of dollars)
    University of Utah $44.41
    Oregon State University $42.41
    University of Oregon $40.69
    UCLA $40.67
    Arizona State University $40.16
    Washington State University $40.61
    University of Washington $39.94
    California $38.00
    University of Colorado $36.73
    University of Arizona $36.27
    Stanford University Not Reported
    USC Not Reported

    Apparel

      Members departing for the Big Ten.
      Members departing for the Big 12.
      Members departing for the ACC.

    SchoolProvider
    Arizona Nike [78]
    Arizona State Adidas [79]
    California Nike [80]
    Colorado Nike [81]
    Oregon Nike [82]
    Oregon State Nike, [83] Asics (volleyball only)
    Stanford Nike
    UCLA Nike, Air Jordan (Football & basketball only) [84]
    USC Nike [85]
    Utah Under Armour [86]
    Washington Adidas [87]
    Washington State Nike [88]

    History

    Pacific Coast Conference

    The roots of the Pac-12 Conference go back to December 2, 1915, when the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) was founded at a meeting at the Imperial Hotel in Portland, Oregon. [89] Charter members were the University of California (now University of California, Berkeley), University of Washington, University of Oregon, and Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University). [89] An official of Stanford University also attended the meeting but declined to join right away because, unlike the other schools, it was not going to sponsor a football team in the coming year and it was not willing to prohibit freshmen from competing in sports. [89] The PCC began play in 1916.

    One year later, Washington State College (now Washington State University) joined the league, followed by Stanford University in 1918.

    In 1922, the PCC expanded to eight teams with the admission of USC and Idaho. Montana joined the Conference in 1924, and in 1928, the PCC grew to 10 members with the addition of UCLA.

    For many years, the conference split into two divisions for basketball and baseball—a Southern Division comprising the four California schools and a Northern Division comprising the six schools in the Pacific Northwest.

    In 1950, Montana departed to join the Mountain States Conference. The PCC continued as a nine-team league through June 1959.

    AAWU (Big Five and Big Six)

    Following "pay-for-play" scandals at California, USC, UCLA, and Washington, the PCC disbanded in June 1959. Ten months earlier in August 1958, these four schools agreed to form a new conference that would take effect the following summer. [90] [91] When the four schools and Stanford began discussions for a new conference in 1959, retired Admiral Thomas J. Hamilton interceded and suggested the schools consider creating a national "power conference" (Hamilton had been a key player, head coach, and athletic director at Navy, and was the current athletic director at Pittsburgh). Nicknamed the "Airplane Conference", [92] [93] [94] the five former PCC schools would have played with other major academically-oriented schools, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Notre Dame, Pitt, Penn State, and Syracuse. [92] [95] The effort fell through when a Pentagon official vetoed the idea and the service academies backed out. [96]

    On July 1, 1959, the new Athletic Association of Western Universities was launched, with California, UCLA, USC, and Washington as the four charter members. [97] Stanford joined during the first month. [91] [98] Hamilton left Pittsburgh to become the first commissioner of the AAWU, [97] [99] and remained for twelve years. [100] The conference also was popularly known as the Big Five from 1960 to 1962. [101] When Washington State joined in 1962, [102] the conference became informally known as the Big Six. [101] [103] The new league inherited the PCC's berth in the Rose Bowl; since 1947, the PCC champion had received an automatic bid to the bowl.

    Pacific-8

    Oregon and Oregon State joined in the summer of 1964. [104] [105] [106] With their addition, the conference was known unofficially as the Pacific AthleticConference, [107] [108] [109] [110] [111] and then the Pacific-8 (as there already was a major conference called the Big Eight). In 1968, the AAWU formally renamed itself the Pacific-8 Conference, or Pac-8 for short. The Pac-8 did not allow a second bowl team from the conference until the 1975 season; [112] in basketball, participation in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was not allowed until 1973. [113]

    Idaho was never invited to join the AAWU; [106] the Vandals were independent for four years until the formation of the Big Sky Conference in 1963, and were independent in football until 1965.

    Pacific-10

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    Final Pac-10 Conference logo

    In 1978, the conference added Arizona and Arizona State from the Western Athletic Conference, becoming the Pacific-10 Conference or Pac-10. The invitations to the schools were extended in December 1976, [114] and the expansion formally announced in May 1977. [115]

    In the mid-1980s, three of the northwest schools (Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State) were having financial difficulties in athletics, primarily with revenue from football, and their long-term membership in the conference was in question. [116]

    The Pac-10 began sponsoring women's athletics in the fall of 1986. Women's teams previously competed with other large universities on the Pacific coast in either the Northern Pacific Conference or the Western Collegiate Athletic Association.

    In the mid-1990s, the conference expressed interest in admitting the University of Colorado and the University of Texas after the collapse of the Southwest Conference. Texas expressed an interest in joining a strong academic conference, but joined three fellow Southwest Conference schools (Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Baylor) to merge with the Big Eight Conference to form the Big 12 Conference in 1996. Colorado elected to remain in the newly formed Big 12. [117]

    Before the addition of Colorado and Utah in 2011, only the Ivy League had maintained its membership for a longer time than the Pac-10 among Division I conferences. Commissioner Larry Scott said on February 9, 2010, that the window for expansion was open for the next year as the conference began negotiations for a new television deal. Speaking on a conference call to introduce former Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg as his new deputy, Scott talked about possibly adding new teams to the conference and launching a new television network. [118] Scott, the former head of the Women's Tennis Association, took over the conference in July 2009. In his first eight months on the job, he saw growing interest from the membership over the possibility of adding teams for the first time since Arizona and Arizona State joined the conference in 1978.

    Pac-12

    In early June 2010, there were reports that the Pac-10 was considering adding up to six teams to the conference: the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Colorado. [119]

    On June 10, 2010, the University of Colorado Boulder accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10 Conference, effective starting with the 2012–2013 academic year. [120] [121] The school later announced it would join the conference a year earlier than previously announced, in the 2011–2012 academic year.

    On June 15, 2010, a deal was reached between Texas and the Big 12 Conference to keep Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State in the Big 12. Following Texas' decision, the other Big 12 schools that had been rumored candidates to join the Pac-10 announced they would remain in the Big 12. This deal effectively ended the Pac-10's ambition to potentially become a sixteen-team conference. [122]

    On June 17, 2010, the University of Utah accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10 Conference, effective starting July 2011. [120] Utah was a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) with Arizona and Arizona State before those two left for the Pac-10 in 1978. The Utes left an expanded WAC with seven other schools in 1999 to form the new Mountain West Conference. Utah became the first "BCS Buster" to join a BCS conference, having played in (and won) two BCS games beforehand.

    On July 27, 2010, the conference unveiled a new logo and announced that the Pac-10 would be renamed the Pac-12 when Utah and Colorado formally joined in July 2011. On October 21, the Pac-12 announced that its football competition would be split into two divisions—a North Division comprising the Pacific Northwest and Bay Area schools, and a South Division comprising the Mountain Time Zone and Southern California schools. On July 1, 2011, the Pac-12 assumed its 12-team alignment when both Colorado and Utah officially joined as full members.

    On August 15, 2012, the conference debuted the Pac-12 Network. It was the third college sports conference to launch a dedicated network, and the first to completely fund and own their own network outright. Since 2014, the conference was headquartered in San Francisco, California, with the conference moving to working remotely once the lease expires in June 2023. [123] The Pac-12 Network and meeting space for headquarters employees are now located at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, an East Bay suburb. [124] It had been based in nearby Walnut Creek since the late 1970s. [125]

    NCAA conference realignment (2021–present)

    On August 24, 2021, the Pac-12, ACC, and Big Ten announced the formation of a "historic alliance" that would bring their member institutions "together on a collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletics and scheduling." [126] The formation of this alliance between three of the Power Five conferences was in response to Oklahoma and Texas announcing plans to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC. The alliance included an inter-conference scheduling component for football and men's and women's basketball. In 2021, the Pac-12 paid $19.8 million to its member schools, the lowest distribution in the Power Five. [127]

    Despite the alliance, on June 30, 2022, UCLA and USC announced their departure to the Big Ten Conference beginning in the 2024–25 academic year. [26] [27] As a result of losing two of the conferences tentpole programs (and the entirety of the Los Angeles television market), the conference’s ongoing media rights negotiations became much more complicated. ESPN had reportedly made an offer where the ten remaining schools would receive around $30 million per year. This was rejected by member schools, who counter offered $50 million per school per year. ESPN responded by walking away from the negotiating table. [128]

    Reports began circulating that Commissioner Kliavkoff had been to San Diego State University and SMU campuses for tours. This was allegedly part of the conference’s vetting process for expansion. [129] San Diego State sent the Mountain West Conference a letter notifying them of their impending departure. The Pac-12, however, was adamant about securing a media rights deal before expanding. Without an incoming offer before a June 30, 2023 deadline, San Diego State had to rescind their intention to leave the Mountain West. [130]

    At the start of Pac-12 Media Days on July 21, 2023, Commissioner Kliavkoff was asked about the status of the media rights deal and conference expansion, deflecting most questions on the matter. Having heard enough, Colorado president Rick George left Media Days early to return to Boulder. Less than a week later on July 27, Colorado announced they would be returning to the Big 12 effective the 2024–25 school year. [28]

    The nine remaining Pac-12 members then demanded an update on the negotiations, including numbers on expected payouts. Kliavkoff came back with a deal from the AppleTV streaming service that paid member institutions in the low to mid $20 million range, albeit with escalators for meeting subscriber quotas. On August 4, 2023, Oregon and Washington announced they would be following UCLA and USC to the Big Ten conference for the 2024 season. [131] Later on that same day, Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah announced that they will leave for the Big 12 Conference starting in 2024. [132] On September 1, 2023, California and Stanford announced their departure for the Atlantic Coast Conference starting in 2024. [31]

    On December 5, 2023, it was announced that Oregon State and Washington State had entered into a football alliance with the Mountain West Conference (MWC) for the 2024 season. With the alliance, both programs will play 3 home games and 3 away games against MWC opponents. [133] The West Coast Conference (WCC) has invited both teams as affiliate members for basketball and most other non-football sports. [134] [135] Both partnerships are expected to last from the fall of 2024 to the spring of 2026.

    Oregon State and Washington State lawsuit

    On September 8, 2023, Oregon State and Washington State filed a lawsuit against the Pac-12 and Commissioner George Kliavkoff in Washington State Superior Court for control of the conference and its assets. [32] On November 14, Judge Gary Libey of the Whitman County, Washington Superior Court ruled in favor of the two schools. [136] The University of Washington (UW) filed an emergency motion to keep the two schools from gaining full control of the conference for the 2023-24 academic year; a Washington Supreme Court commissioner granted UW's motion on November 28. [137] However, this was later overturned on December 15 by the Washington State Supreme Court, giving Oregon State and Washington State sole control of the Pac-12, meaning the departing schools will no longer be able to vote on conference decisions. [138]

    Membership timeline

    The Pac-12 claims the PCC's history as its own. Not only does it maintain the automatic bid from the Rose Bowl inherited from the PCC, but the eight largest schools in the old PCC all eventually joined the new league. However, the old PCC operated under a separate charter.

    The Pac-12 is one of the founding members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), a conference organized to provide competition in non-revenue Olympic sports. All-Pac-12 members participate in at least one MPSF sport (men's and women's indoor track and field both actually have enough participating Pac-12 schools for the conference to sponsor a championship, but the Pac-12 has opted not to do so). For certain sports, the Pac-12 admits certain schools as associate members.

    Big 12 ConferenceUniversity of UtahMountain West ConferenceWestern Athletic ConferenceMountain States ConferenceRocky Mountain Faculty Athletic ConferenceBig 12 ConferenceUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBig 12 ConferenceBig Eight ConferenceMountain States ConferenceRocky Mountain Faculty Athletic ConferenceBig 12 ConferenceArizona State UniversityWestern Athletic ConferenceBorder ConferenceBig 12 ConferenceUniversity of ArizonaWestern Athletic ConferenceBorder ConferenceBig Ten ConferenceUniversity of California, Los AngelesSouthern California Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceBig Sky ConferenceMountain States ConferenceUniversity of MontanaBig Sky ConferenceWestern Athletic ConferenceBig West ConferenceBig Sky ConferenceUniversity of IdahoBig Ten ConferenceUniversity of Southern CaliforniaAtlantic Coast ConferenceStanford UniversityWashington State UniversityOregon State UniversityBig Ten ConferenceUniversity of OregonBig Ten ConferenceUniversity of WashingtonAtlantic Coast ConferenceUniversity of California, BerkeleyPac-12 Conference

     Full members Other Conference Other Conference 

    The Pac-12 Conference sponsors championship competition in 10 men's and 13 women's NCAA-sanctioned sports, plus one men's sport that is not sanctioned by the NCAA. Four schools are associate members, each in a single men's sport. [139]

    The newest sport to be sponsored by the Pac-12 is women's lacrosse, which began play in spring 2018 following the elevation of Arizona State's club team to full varsity status. [140]

    Pac-12 teams in conference competition
    SportMen'sWomen's
    Baseball 11
    Basketball 1212
    Beach volleyball ^9
    Cross country 912
    Football 12
    Golf 1211
    Gymnastics 8
    Lacrosse 6
    Rowing67
    Soccer 612
    Softball 9
    Swimming & Diving 89
    Tennis 811
    Track & Field Outdoor 1012
    Volleyball 12
    Wrestling 6

    Men's sponsored sports by school

    Member-by-member sponsorship of the 11 men's Pac-12 sports.

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    SchoolBaseballBasket­ballCross
    Country
    FootballGolfRowing [lower-alpha 1] SoccerSwimming
    & Diving
    TennisTrack
    & Field
    Outdoor
    Wrest­lingTotal Pac-12
    Sports
    Full Members
    Oregon StateYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYes7
    Washington StateYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNo6
    Departing Members
    ArizonaYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesNo8
    Arizona StateYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYes9
    CaliforniaYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo10
    ColoradoNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNo5
    OregonYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYesYesNo7
    StanfordYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes11
    UCLAYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesNo8
    USCYesYesNoYesYesNoNoYesYesYesNo7
    UtahYesYesNoYesYesNoNoYesYesNoNo6
    WashingtonYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNo9
    Totals11129121245+1 [lower-alpha 2] 69103+3 [lower-alpha 3] 93­+4 [lower-alpha 4]
    Affiliate Members
    Cal PolyYes1
    CSU BakersfieldYes1
    Little RockYes1
    San Diego StateYes1

    Men's sports that are not sponsored by the Pac-12 but are fielded as a varsity sport at Pac-12 schools

    SchoolFencingGym­nasticsIce
    Hockey
    Lac­rosseRugby [lower-alpha 1] Sailing [lower-alpha 1] SkiingTrack & Field
    Indoor
    Volley­ballWater
    Polo
    Total
    Sports
    ArizonaIND1
    Arizona State NCHC (Men's)
    WWCHL(Women's)
    IND2
    California MPSF PAC IND MPSF 4
    Colorado RMISA IND2
    OregonIND1
    Oregon State0
    StanfordIND MPSF PCCSC IND MPSF MPSF 6
    UCLAIND MPSF MPSF 3
    USCIND MPSF MPSF 3
    Utah ASUN [143] RMISA 2
    WashingtonIND1
    Washington StateIND1
    Totals1211112103426
    Notes
    1. 1 2 3 Not an NCAA-sanctioned sport.
    2. Affiliate: San Diego State
    3. Affiliates: Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, Little Rock
    4. Affiliate members with full varsity status.

    Women's sponsored sports by school

    Member-by-member sponsorship of the 13 women's Pac-12 sports.

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    SchoolBasketballBeach
    Volleyball
    Cross
    Country
    GolfGymnasticsLacrosseRowingSoccerSoftballSwimming
    & Diving
    TennisTrack
    & Field
    Outdoor
    VolleyballTotal
    Sports
    Full members
    Oregon StateYesNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNoYesYes9
    Washington StateYesNoYesYesNoNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYes9
    Departing members
    ArizonaYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes11
    Arizona StateYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes12
    CaliforniaYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes13
    ColoradoYesNoYesYesNoYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYes8
    OregonYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYes10
    StanfordYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes13
    UCLAYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes12
    USCYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes11
    UtahYesYesYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes10
    WashingtonYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYes11
    Totals129121186+271298111212129+2
    Affiliate members
    San Diego StateYes1
    UC DavisYes1

    Women's sports that are not sponsored by the Pac-12 but are fielded as a varsity sport at Pac-12 schools

    SchoolAcrobatics
    & Tumbling [lower-alpha 1]
    FencingField
    Hockey
    Sailing [lower-alpha 2] SkiingSquash [lower-alpha 2] Synchronized
    Swimming [lower-alpha 2]
    Track
    & Field
    Indoor
    Triathlon [lower-alpha 1] Water
    Polo
    Total
    Sports
    ArizonaINDIND2
    Arizona StateINDIND MPSF 3
    California AmEast IND MPSF 3
    Colorado RMISA IND2
    OregonNCATAIND2
    Oregon StateIND1
    StanfordIND AmEast PCCSC IND MPSF IND MPSF 7
    UCLAIND MPSF 2
    USCIND MPSF 2
    Utah RMISA IND2
    WashingtonIND1
    Washington StateIND1
    Totals1121211122527
    Notes
    1. 1 2 Part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program.
    2. 1 2 3 Not an NCAA-sanctioned sport.

    NCAA national titles

    NCAA National Championship trophies, rings, watches won by UCLA teams NCAA titles.jpg
    NCAA National Championship trophies, rings, watches won by UCLA teams

    Team titles through the March 30, 2024; individual titles through July 1, 2016 [144]

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    SchoolTeamIndividual
    MenWomenCo-ed†TotalMenWomenCo-edTotal
    Arizona7120 19 821160198 [145]
    Arizona State12130 25 66460112
    California3490 43 128680196 [146]
    UCLA77440 121 1661030269
    Colorado1639 28 231590128
    Oregon20140 34 102420144
    Oregon State400 4 327039
    USC85270 112 319720391
    Stanford70640 134 26520414619 [147]
    Utah2914 25 51 [148] 2772150
    Washington090 9 5417273
    Washington State200 2 796186
    Conference total3292042355613507171792246

    † Co-ed sports include fencing (since 1990), rifle, and skiing (since 1983). Team fencing championships before 1990 and team skiing championships before 1983 were awarded as men's or women's championships and are counted here as such.

    These totals do not include football national championships, which the NCAA does not officially award at the FBS level. Various polls, formulas, and other third-party systems have been used to determine national championships, not all of which are universally accepted. These totals also do not include championships prior to the inception of the NCAA.

    USC claims 11 national football championships, [149] California claims 5, [150] [151] Washington claims 2, [152] Stanford claims 2, [153] while Colorado and UCLA claim 1. [154] [155] [156] [157] [158]

    Conference champions

    Current champions

    Source: [159]

    SeasonSportMen's
    champion
    Women's
    champion
    Fall 2023Cross Country Stanford Washington
    Volleyball Stanford
    Soccer UCLA UCLA
    Football Washington
    Winter 2023–24Swimming & Diving Arizona State California
    Basketball Oregon USC
    WrestlingArizona State
    Gymnastics Utah
    Spring 2024Golf
    Tennis
    Beach Volleyball
    Lacrosse
    Track & Field
    Rowing
    Softball
    Baseball

      NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup rankings

      The NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is an annual award given by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the U.S. colleges and universities with the most success in collegiate athletics. Stanford has won more Director Cup Titles than any Division I University with 25 total, as well as top ten rankings with 28. They have never finished lower than 2nd in the 28 years the competition has taken place, with the 2019-20 season unable to be completed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. [160] Stanford is the only university to finish inside the top 5 every single year. 9 of the 12 Pac-12 schools have a 10 year average of finishing inside the top 45.

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      Institution2023
      24
      2022
      23 [161]
      2021
      22 [162]
      2020
      21 [163]
      2019
      20 [164]
      2018
      19 [165]
      2017
      18 [166]
      2016
      17 [167]
      2015
      16 [168]
      2014
      15 [169]
      2013
      14 [170]
      10-yr
      Average
      Arizona Wildcats433527N/A41514229362636
      Arizona State Sun Devils352620N/A19314338302730
      California Golden Bears222740N/A18201411122020
      Colorado Buffaloes615852N/A50373442433946
      Oregon Ducks383125N/A2724910131521
      Oregon State Beavers585155N/A65606981657564
      Stanford Cardinal122N/A1111111
      UCLA Bruins141513N/A62116278
      USC Trojans10126N/A5444386
      Utah Utes284470N/A79615455567257
      Washington Huskies223033N/A24292213243325
      Washington State Cougars1669090N/A8880101100170149114
      University1st Place

      ranking

      Top 5
      rankings
      Top 10
      rankings
      Stanford262929
      UCLA02023
      USC0818
      Arizona028
      California018
      Arizona State016
      Oregon002
      Washington002

      Capital One Cup rankings

      The Capital One Cup is an annual award given by ESPN. Universities compete against each other by acquiring points throughout the school year based on how each individual sport teams finish in their respective sport. The sports are divided into two separate groups based on the popularity of the sport and the number of teams competing in the sport, with the group B sports group counting for 3 times the amount of points as group A. There are two separate cups for both the men & women. The winning schools receive $200,000 to their student athlete scholarship fund. [171] Stanford was won the most titles in both the Men's, three and Women's competition with 7. Stanford is one of two universities to win the Capital One Cup in both the Men's and Women's divisions.

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      Men's

      Institution2023
      24
      2022
      23 [172]
      2021
      22 [173]
      2020
      21 [174]
      2019
      20
      2018
      19 [175]
      2017
      18 [176]
      2016
      17 [177]
      2015
      16 [178]
      2014
      15 [179]
      2013
      14 [180]
      2012
      13 [181]
      2011
      12 [182]
      2010
      11 [183]
      Arizona Wildcats4652N/A5018311944255
      Arizona State Sun Devils243323N/A1019569666
      California Golden Bears161544N/A2634192831131815
      Colorado Buffaloes597173N/A466255402634394916
      Oregon Ducks9631N/A77106221118
      Oregon State Beavers38N/A82231965
      Stanford Cardinal6101N/A21411713161344
      UCLA Bruins174022N/A331624169271328
      USC Trojans434540N/A261813321161412
      Utah Utes5560N/A5782568769
      Washington Huskies322164N/A7762294369
      Washington State CougarsN/A88

      Women's

      Institution2023
      24
      2022
      23 [184]
      2021
      22 [185]
      2020
      21 [186]
      2019
      20
      2018
      19 [187]
      2017
      18 [188]
      2016
      17 [189]
      2015
      16 [190]
      2014
      15 [191]
      2013
      14 [192]
      2012
      13 [193]
      2011
      12 [194]
      2010
      11 [195]
      Arizona Wildcats814513N/A263051545935265721
      Arizona State Sun Devils6140N/A8930295647402624
      California Golden Bears413228N/A2816221416241483
      Colorado Buffaloes574352N/A283633384152446450
      Oregon Ducks3645N/A813414663613
      Oregon State Beavers56N/A55495524
      Stanford Cardinal221N/A111213211
      UCLA Bruins4128N/A2292110215223
      USC Trojans12222N/A65211418876
      Utah Utes193219N/A4746405836555144
      Washington Huskies265823N/A10118143328232831
      Washington State CougarsN/A71

      Football

      UCLA-USC rivalry football game at the Rose Bowl; the 2008 edition marked a return to the tradition of both teams wearing color jerseys. 2008-1206-USC-UCLA-009-RB-redblue.JPG
      UCLA–USC rivalry football game at the Rose Bowl; the 2008 edition marked a return to the tradition of both teams wearing color jerseys.
      Big Game, 2004 between California and Stanford Big Game Play 1.jpg
      Big Game, 2004 between California and Stanford

      All-time school records

      This list goes through the 2023 season. [196]

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      #TeamRecordsPct.Division
      Championships
      Pac-12
      Championships
      Claimed National
      Championships
      1USC Trojans875–365–54.695337†16
      2Washington Huskies784–464–50.6244182
      3Colorado Buffaloes723–544–36.569101
      4Utah Utes719–481–31.597420
      5Oregon Ducks703–513–46.5756130
      6California Golden Bears694–570–51.5470145
      7Stanford Cardinal670–496–49.5725152
      8UCLA Bruins637–446–37.5852171
      9Arizona Wildcats633–499–37.557110
      10Arizona State Sun Devils633–429–24.594131
      11Washington State576–581–45.498140
      12Oregon State569–629–50.476050

      † The NCAA sanctioned USC in June 2010 for violations in the football, men's basketball, and women's tennis programs. USC football vacated two wins from their final two games of the 2004 season (one conference game and a bowl game) and all 12 wins from the 2005 season, as well as the conference titles from both years. Their 2004 BCS National Championship was vacated, while their 2004 Associated Press title was not removed. [197] [198] [199]

      Number of Claimed National Championships, as well as win–loss–tie records, include all seasons played, regardless of conference membership.

      Rivalries

      Each of the ten schools that were conference members before 2011 has its own in-state, conference rivalry. One is an intracity rivalry (UCLA-USC) and another is within the San Francisco/Oakland metropolitan area (California-Stanford). Colorado and Utah, who joined in 2011, were historic rivals in the Rocky Mountain region prior to 1962 when they suspended the series. These rivalries (and the name given to the football forms) are:

      Rivalry standings

      Rivalry NameStandings
      Duel in the DesertArizona leads, 51–45–1
      The Big GameStanford leads, 65–50–11
      Rumble in the RockiesUtah leads, 35–32–3
      Oregon–Oregon StateOregon leads, 68–49–10
      UCLA–USCUSC leads, 50–34–7
      Apple CupWashington leads, 76–33–6

      The most frequently played rivalries in the conference are between Oregon and Oregon State (126 meetings through 2022) and Big Game between Stanford and California (125 meetings). These rivalries are among the most played rivalries in college football.

      The two newest members, Colorado and Utah, had a football rivalry that had been dormant since 1962 – both were conference rivals previously in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (now a Division II conference) and later the now-defunct Mountain States Conference (also known as the Skyline Conference). Even after Colorado joined what became the Big 12 in 1948 (the conference was then known popularly as the Big 7 Conference), the two schools continued their football rivalry for over a decade before ending it after the 1962 season. With the two schools being placed in the same division for football starting in 2011, the rivalry was revived with their 58th meeting during the 2011 season.

      All of the California schools consider each other major rivals due to the culture clash between Northern and Southern California. [200] California and UCLA have a rivalry rooted in their shared history as the top programs within the University of California system. Stanford and USC have a rivalry rooted in their shared history as the only private schools in the Pac-12. California and USC also have a long history, playing each other beginning in 1915.

      The Pacific Northwest schools of Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State all consider each other major rivals due to their proximity and long history; a sweep of the other 3 teams is known as the Northwest Championship. The Oregon–Washington rivalry is sometimes referred to as the Border War. [201]

      Arizona and New Mexico have a recently renewed rivalry game, based upon when they were both members of the WAC and both states were longtime territories before being admitted as states in 1912. They played for the Kit Carson Rifle trophy, which was no longer used starting with their meeting in the 1997 Insight Bowl. [202] [203]

      USC and Notre Dame have an intersectional rivalry (See Notre Dame–USC rivalry). The games in odd-numbered years are played at Notre Dame Stadium in mid-October, while the games in even-numbered years are played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, usually in late November.

      Stanford and Notre Dame also have an intersectional rivalry (See Notre Dame–Stanford football rivalry). The schedule of the Stanford–Notre Dame rivalry mirrors that of USC–Notre Dame. The games in even-numbered years are played at Notre Dame in mid-October, while the games in odd-numbered years are played at Stanford in late November.

      The isolated rural campuses of Washington State and Idaho are eight miles (13 km) apart on the Palouse, creating a natural border war known as the Battle of the Palouse. Idaho rejoined FBS in 1996 and was a member until 2017.

      Utah and BYU have a fierce rivalry nicknamed the Holy War that goes back to 1896.

      Colorado also has a rivalry with in-state rival Colorado State called the Rocky Mountain Showdown.

      With the NCAA permanently approving 12-game schedules in college football beginning in 2006, the Pac-10—alone among major conferences in doing so—went to a full nine-game conference schedule. Previously, the schools did not play one non-rival opponent, resulting in an eight-game conference schedule (four home games and four away). In 2010, the last season before the arrival of Colorado and Utah, the only other BCS conference that played a round-robin schedule was the Big East. The schedule consisted of one home and away game against the two schools in each region, plus the game against the primary in-state rival.

      Divisions

      On October 21, 2010, the Pac-10 announced the creation of divisions and a championship game in football, to be used when Colorado and Utah joined the conference effective July 1, 2011. The twelve members were split into two divisions for football only: a North Division comprising the Pacific Northwest and Bay Area schools, and a South Division comprising the Mountain Time Zone and Los Angeles schools. [204]

      A nine-game conference schedule was maintained, with five games within the assigned division and four games from the opposite division. The four California teams, noted in the table in gray, still played each other every season— consequently, the four non-California teams in each division will only play one of the two California teams from the opposite division each year.

      The Pac-12 Football Championship Game featured the North Division Champion against the South Division Champion for the first 11 years of its existence, with divisional champions determined based on record in all conference games (both divisional and cross-divisional). However, on May 18, 2022, the NCAA Division I Council announced that conferences would no longer be required to maintain divisions in order to hold a conference championship. As a result, later that same day, the Pac-12 announced that it would eliminate its divisions for the 2022 football season and beyond, with the championship game instead featuring the two Pac-12 teams with the highest winning percentage. [205] It was the first FBS conference to scrap its divisions as a result of this change.

      North DivisionSouth Division
      Oregon Arizona
      Oregon State Arizona State
      Washington Colorado
      Washington State Utah
      California UCLA
      Stanford USC

      Bowl games

      As of the 2023 college football season, the following is the selection order of bowl games with Pac-12 tie-ins. If a Pac-12 team is selected to participate in the College Football Playoff, all other bowl-eligible teams move up one spot in the order.

      PickNameLocationOpposing
      conference
      Opposing
      pick
      1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, California Big Ten 1
      2 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, Texas Big 12 2
      3 Holiday Bowl San Diego, California ACC 3
      4 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, Nevada SEC or Big Ten 3(SEC)/4(Big Ten)
      5 LA Bowl Los Angeles, California MWC 1
      6 Sun Bowl El Paso, Texas ACC 7
      7 (2020, 2023, 2024) Independence Bowl Shreveport, Louisiana NCAA Division I FBS independent schools Army in 2020 and 2024, BYU in 2023

      Pac-12 All-Century Football Team

      In honor of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the conference, an All-Century Team was unveiled on December 2, 2015, voted on by a panel of coaches, players, and the media. [206]

      Note: Bold Italic notes Offensive, Defensive and Coach of the Century selections. The voting panel was made up of 119 former players, coaches and media. [207]

      Men's basketball

      As of 2023, Pac-12 schools have won 15 Division I national titles. This was tied with the Atlantic Coast Conference for the most of any conference. [208] [209] [210] Oregon won the first NCAA tournament in 1939 . [211] UCLA has won 11 national titles, the most of any Division I team. [212] Arizona has won the most recent national title, winning in 1997 . Stanford in 1942 , Utah in 1944 and California in 1959 are the other NCAA champions. [213]

      Source: [214]

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      #Pac-12Overall
      record
      Pct.Pac-12
      Regular Season
      Championships
      Pac-12
      Tournament
      Championships
      NCAA National
      Championships
      Claimed
      Pre-Tournament
      Championships
      1UCLA Bruins1986–888–0.691324110
      2Arizona Wildcats1912–977–1.66217910
      3Utah Utes1875–1067–0.6370010
      4Washington Huskies1842–1253–0.59512300
      5Oregon State1797–1417–0.55912100
      6Oregon Ducks1754–1407–0.5558510
      7USC Trojans1698–1243–2.5777100
      8Washington State1665–1585–0.5122001
      9California Golden Bears1626–1295–0.55715011
      10Stanford Cardinal1596–1220–0.56711111
      11Arizona State Sun Devils1454–1285–0.5310000
      12Colorado Buffaloes1400–1244–0.5260100

      National championships, Final Fours, and NCAA tournament appearances

      Pac-12 Conference basketball programs have combined to win 15 NCAA men's basketball championships as Pac-12 members, with another member having won a national championship before joining the conference. UCLA has won 11 national championships with Arizona, California, Oregon, Stanford winning one each as Pac-12 members, Utah won one national championship as a member of the Mountain States Conference. Eleven of the twelve Pac-12 schools have advanced to at least 1 final four, with Arizona State the only school that has not made an appearance.

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      SchoolMen's NCAA ChampionshipsMen's NCAA
      Final Fours
      Men's NCAA
      Elite Eights
      Men's NCAA
      Sweet Sixteens
      Men's NCAA tournament appearances
      Arizona Wildcats1
      (1997)
      4
      (1988, 1994, 1997, 2001)
      11
      (1976, 1988, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2014, 2015)
      21
      (1951, 1976, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 19961998, 20012003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 20132015, 2017, 2022, 2024)
      38
      (1951, 1976, 1977, 19852009, 2011, 20132018*, 20222024)
      Arizona State Sun Devils3
      (1961, 1963, 1975)
      5
      (1961, 1963, 1973, 1975, 1995*)
      17
      (1958, 19611964, 1973, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2009, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2023)
      California Golden Bears1
      (1959)
      3
      (1946, 1959, 1960)
      5
      (1946, 19571960)
      6
      (19571960, 1993, 1997)
      19
      (1946, 19571960, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996*, 1997, 20012003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016)
      Colorado Buffaloes2
      (1942, 1955)
      6
      (1940, 1942, 1946, 1955, 1962, 1963)
      5
      (1954, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1969)
      16
      (1940, 1942, 1946, 1954, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1969, 1997, 2003, 20122014, 2016, 2021, 2024)
      Oregon Ducks1
      (1939)
      2
      (1939, 2017)
      7
      (1939, 1945, 1960, 2002, 2007, 2016, 2017)
      8
      (1960, 2002, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021)
      18
      (1939, 1945, 1960, 1961, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 20132017, 2019, 2021, 2024)
      Oregon State2
      (1949, 1963)
      8
      (1947, 1949, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1982*, 2021)
      7
      (1955, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1975, 1982*, 2021)
      18
      (1947, 1949, 1955, 19621964, 1966, 1975, 1980*1982*, 1984, 1985, 19881990, 2016, 2021)
      Stanford Cardinal1
      (1942)
      2
      (1942, 1998)
      3
      (1942, 1998, 2001)
      5
      (1997, 1998, 2001, 2008, 2014)
      17
      (1942, 1989, 1992, 19952005, 2007, 2008, 2014)
      UCLA Bruins11
      (19641965, 19671973, 1975, 1995)
      19
      (1962, 19641965, 19671976, 1976, 1980*, 1995, 20062008, 2021)
      23
      (1950, 1962, 19641965, 19671976, 19791980*, 1992, 1995, 1997, 20062008, 2021)
      37
      (1952, 1956, 19621965, 19671980*, 1990, 1992, 1995, 19971998, 20002002, 20062008, 20142015, 2017, 20212023)
      46
      (1950, 1952, 1956, 19621965, 19671981, 1983, 1987, 19892002, 20052009, 2011, 20132015 , 20172018, 20212023)
      USC Trojans2
      (1940, 1954)
      4
      (1940, 1954, 2001, 2021)
      5
      (1954, 1961, 2001, 2007*, 2021)
      21
      (1940, 1954, 19601961, 1979, 1982, 1985, 19911992, 1997, 20012002, 2007*2009, 2011, 20162017, 20212023)
      Utah Utes1
      (1944)
      4
      (1944, 1961, 1966, 1998)
      6
      (1944, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1997, 1998)
      16
      (1955, 1956, 19591961, 1966, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1991, 19961998, 2005, 2015)
      29
      (1944, 1945, 1955, 1956, 19591961, 1966, 19771979, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1993, 19952000, 20022005, 2009, 2015, 2016)
      Washington Huskies1
      (1953)
      4
      (1943, 1948, 1951, 1953)
      7
      (1951, 1953, 1984, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2010)
      17
      (1943, 1948, 1951, 1953, 1976, 19841986, 1998, 1999, 20042006, 20092011, 2019)
      Washington State1
      (1941)
      1
      (1941)
      1
      (2008)
      7
      (1941, 1980, 1983, 1994, 2007, 2008, 2024)

      Seasons are listed by the calendar years in which they ended. Italics indicate honors earned before the school competed in the Pac-12.

      NCAA tournament champions, runners-up and locations

      † denotes overtime games. Multiple †'s indicate more than one overtime. [215]

      YearChampionRunner-upVenue and city
      1939 Oregon 46 Ohio State 33 Patten Gymnasium Evanston, Illinois
      1941 Wisconsin 39 Washington State 34 Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri
      1942 Stanford 53 Dartmouth 38Municipal AuditoriumKansas City, Missouri (2)
      1944 Utah 42Dartmouth40 Madison Square Garden New York City, New York
      1959 California 71 West Virginia 70 Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky
      1960 Ohio State Buckeyes 75 California 55 Cow Palace Daly City, California
      1964 UCLA 76 Duke 72Municipal AuditoriumKansas City, Missouri (3)
      1965 UCLA 91 Michigan 80 Veterans Memorial Coliseum Portland, Oregon
      1967 UCLA 79 Dayton 64Freedom HallLouisville, Kentucky (2)
      1968 UCLA 78 North Carolina 55 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Los Angeles, California
      1969 UCLA 92 Purdue 72Freedom HallLouisville, Kentucky (3)
      1970 UCLA 80 Jacksonville 69 Cole Field House College Park, Maryland
      1971 UCLA 68 Villanova 62 Astrodome Houston, Texas
      1972 UCLA 81 Florida State 76Los Angeles Memorial Sports ArenaLos Angeles, California (2)
      1973 UCLA 87 Memphis State 66 St. Louis Arena St. Louis, Missouri
      1975 UCLA 92 Kentucky 85 San Diego Sports Arena San Diego, California
      1980 Louisville 59 UCLA 54 Market Square Arena Indianapolis, Indiana
      1995 UCLA 89 Arkansas 78 Kingdome Seattle, Washington
      1997 Arizona 84 Kentucky 79 RCA Dome Indianapolis, Indiana (2)
      1998 Kentucky 78 Utah 69 Alamodome San Antonio, Texas
      2001 Duke 82 Arizona 72 H.H.H. Metrodome Minneapolis, Minneosta
      2006 Florida 73 UCLA 54RCA DomeIndianapolis, Indiana (3)

      Post-season NIT championships and runners-up

      YearChampionRunner-upMVPVenue and city
      1940 Colorado 51 Duquesne University 40 Bob Doll, Colorado Madison Square Garden New York City
      1947 Utah 49 Kentucky 45 Vern Gardner, UtahMadison Square GardenNew York City
      1974 Purdue 87 Utah 81 Mike Sojourner, UtahMadison Square GardenNew York City
      1985 UCLA 65 Indiana 62 Reggie Miller, UCLAMadison Square GardenNew York City
      1991 Stanford 78 Oklahoma 72 Adam Keefe, StanfordMadison Square GardenNew York City
      1999 California 61 Clemson 60 Sean Lampley, CaliforniaMadison Square GardenNew York City
      2012 Stanford 75 Minnesota 51Aaron Bright, StanfordMadison Square GardenNew York City
      2015 Stanford 66OT Miami (FL) 64 Chasson Randle, StanfordMadison Square GardenNew York City
      2018 Penn State 82 Utah 66 Lamar Stevens, Penn StateMadison Square GardenNew York City

      Rivalries in other sports

      All of the intra-conference rivalries in football are carried over into other sports.

      During the 1970s, UCLA and Notre Dame had an intense men's basketball rivalry. For several years, it was one of a small number of non-conference games in Division I basketball that was played twice a season (home-and-away). The most famous game in the rivalry was on January 19, 1974, when Notre Dame scored the last 12 points of the game to nip UCLA and end the Bruins' record 88-game winning streak. This rivalry is now dormant, partly because Notre Dame is no longer independent in sports other than football (now in the ACC).

      In baseball, there are intense rivalries between the four southern schools. Arizona, Arizona State, and USC have long and successful histories in baseball and all have won national titles in the sport. The most intense series is widely regarded to be the "Basebrawl" series between USC and Arizona State in 1990. Arizona State swept the series and in the final game a bench clearing brawl spread quickly to the stands and made national headlines. Several were injured and riot police were called to end the fracas.

      Washington and California have a longstanding rivalry in men's crew as the two traditionally dominant programs on the West Coast.

      Due to the unique geographic nature of the Pac-12 teams, the teams travel in pairs for road basketball games. For example, on Thursday, February 28, 2008, USC played Arizona and UCLA played Arizona State. Two nights later the teams switched and USC played Arizona State and UCLA played Arizona. The teams are paired as follows: USC and UCLA (the L.A. teams), Arizona and Arizona State (the Arizona teams), California and Stanford (the Bay Area teams), Washington and Washington State (the Washington teams), Oregon and Oregon State (the Oregon teams), and Colorado and Utah (the Rocky Mountain teams). Usually, the games are played on Thursdays and Saturdays with a game or occasionally two on Sundays for television purposes. This pairing formula is also used in women's volleyball. To make scheduling simpler for men and women's basketball (a sport in which each conference member uses a single venue for both teams' home games), the schedule for women's basketball is the opposite of the men's schedule. For example, when the Oregon schools are hosting the men's teams from the Arizona schools, the Arizona schools host the women's teams from Oregon schools the same weekend.

      This formula has made a tradition in conference play to keep track of how a team does against a particular region; and stats are kept as to how successful a team is against, for example, "the Bay Area schools" at home or away. Effective in the 2011–12 season, with the expansion into 12 teams, a 10-year rotation model has been developed to maintain the existing 18-game conference schedule. Teams remained paired with their regional rival. Each school plays its regional rival and six other teams both home and away, and the other four teams once – two at home and two away. The newest members, Colorado and Utah, are paired with each other. The single play opponents rotate every two years. [216]

      Recently, Cal Poly and UCLA has grown into a competitive Men's Soccer rivalry with Cal Poly hosting UCLA in a 0–0 tie in front of a crowd of 8,717 which at the time was the 9th largest regular season, on-campus attendance in the history of college soccer. [217] The schools have played several times since however UCLA has not returned to San Luis Obispo for a Friday or Saturday game since tying Cal Poly in front of a record crowd. UCLA leads the series 6–2–2. [218]

      Olympians

      In a 2017 study by OlympStats, USA Olympians and the medals they won were counted and sorted by their college affiliations. [219] [220] Stanford led all schools with 289 athletes, 408 games, and 282 total medals won. UCLA was second, USC was third, California was 4th, Harvard was 5th in each category, respectively.

      Leading the country with the most participants in their respective events are, Colorado in Alpine Skiing and Cycling, Arizona State in Archery and Badminton, Stanford in Baseball, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis and Water Polo, UCLA in Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Gymnastics and Softball, USC in Athletics and Volleyball, and Utah in Freestyle Skiing.

      Since 1924 a PAC-12 school has led the country in number of athlete in each and every Summer Olympic Games to date (as of this study in 2017). [220]

      Commissioners

      Since restarting in 1959 as the AAWU, the Pac-12 has had five commissioners:

      NameYearsTenureConference name(s)
      Thomas J. Hamilton [97] 1959–197112 years AAWU / Pacific-8
      Wiles Hallock [100] [221] 1971–198312 years Pacific-8 / Pacific-10
      Thomas C. Hansen [222] 1983–200926 years Pacific-10
      Larry Scott [223] 2009–202112 years Pacific-10 / Pac-12
      George Kliavkoff 2021–20242 years Pac-12

      PCC

      Commissioners of the forerunner PCC

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