We haven't had too much crazy conference realignment talk lately, but a new report involving the UCLA Bruins is bringing it back.
UCLA, one of the biggest West Coast schools in the country, is reportedly being recommended for a move to the ACC by a mega booster.
The booster, Casey Wasserman, is reportedly advising the school against re-upping with the Pac-12 and instead pushing for a move to the ACC.
The report comes from JohnWallStreet.com:
Sources tell JohnWallStreet that UCLA mega donor Casey Wasserman “is advising the school not to re-up with the Pac-12 [beyond the conference’s existing Grant of Rights agreement, which expires in 2023].” Logic says that Wasserman is trying to steer his alma-mater to the Atlantic Coast Conference where he serves as an advisor, but it doesn’t seem feasible for the school’s non-revenue generating sports to play half their schedule 3,000 miles from campus (and they wouldn’t be welcomed to stay in the Pac-12 without football and basketball).
In a vacuum, maybe UCLA could handle a move to the ACC for only football. You only play 12 regular season games and, while the Bruins would have some long flights, it could be manageable.
Basketball would be trickier, though maybe that's possible, too.
It seems downright impossible, however, for any of UCLA's non-revenue sports to be members of the ACC. The travel schedule would just be insane and highly expensive.
UCLA has been a member of the conference since 1928.