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Big Ten confirms Oregon, Washington additions in latest hit to Pac-12

The Big Ten confirmed Friday that Oregon and Washington will join the conference, bringing the membership of the league to 18 schools.

The departures from the Pac-12 will provide greater financial security for both schools and further the Big Ten’s westward expansion. The Ducks and Huskies are joining for the 2024 football season at the same time as current Pac-12 bretheren Southern California and UCLA, who announced their departure last year. No other Football Bowl Subdivision conference currently has more than 16 teams.

“I’m thrilled that the University of Oregon has the opportunity to join the nation’s preeminent academic-athletic conference,” Oregon president Karl Scholz said in a statement. “Our student-athletes will participate at the highest level of collegiate athletic competition, and our alumni, friends and fans will be able to carry the spirit of Oregon across the country.”

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