An historic college football program is open to the idea of joining another conference or perhaps even going independent. According to recent comments from USC athletic director Mike Bohn, the Trojans aren’t happy with the status quo.
Both the SEC and the Big Ten are expected to receive sizable media rights distributions. According to the San Jose Mercury News, financial projections for Pac-12 media rights distributions in 2019 will be $33 million per school. Contrast that with $44.6 million to SEC schools $55 million to Big Ten member schools.
The revenue gap is expected to widen in the next four years when the Pac-12 gets a new deal. As a result of the distinct gap in revenue, Bohn suggested USC is open to taking its talents elsewhere.
Bohn made it clear that all options are on the table when it comes to potential realignment. “I think right now, and [Pac-12 Commissioner] Larry [Scott] would agree with this, everything is on the table,” he said.
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“It’s really simple, you think of the LA market and the value to the league there, obviously our ongoing series with Notre Dame, our marquee games that we commit to in non-conference, it’s important for us to continue to be leaders in the Pac-12. It’s important for us to operate from a place of strength.”
USC, even with a down football program, has the most leverage of any team in the conference in discussions with the Pac-12.
But would the Trojans actually leave the conference to join a different conference or go independent?
That would certainly shake things up.