UCOP to prepare report for Governor, Regents on status of UCLA athletics

Following the July 20 discussion on recent developments regarding UCLA’s athletic conference membership, and in response to requests from California Gov. Gavin Newsom and members of the University of California Board of Regents, the Board of Regents today (July 21) requested that UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., and the UC Office of the President (UCOP) conduct and publicly present a report to the Regents on the effects of UCLA’s pending move from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten. The report will address the following issues:

  1. An assessment of the effect that UCLA joining the Big Ten would have on UCLA and other UC campuses’ culture, operations, and finances.
  2. An analysis of the effects of a change in conference membership on UCLA’s student athletes, including how the campus plans to address issues related to travel, competition schedules, and academic support.
  3. A review of the Regents’ delegations of authority as it pertains to athletics operations and recommendations on any updates in policy deemed necessary to ensure proper oversight of major athletics-related decisions.

UCOP will present its findings and any associated recommendations to the UC Board of Regents and the Office of the Governor on or before August 17, 2022.