UCLA to the ACC? Bruins mega-booster reportedly advising UCLA against re-upping with Pac-12
The Pac-12 is a mess right now, and things don’t necessarily seem to be getting any better as the 2019-20 athletic seasons approach.
Per a report from JohnWallStreet.com on Monday, one UCLA mega-booster may be advising the Bruins not to rejoin the Pac-12, but his potential solution is quite bizarre.
According to the report, Casey Wasserman may be trying to get the Bruins to join the ACC:
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).
That seems crazy, especially since Los Angeles is nowhere near the Atlantic Coast. Still, these are crazy times in the world of college sports.
This probably won’t happen, but it’s clear big changes need to be made in the Pac-12 or teams may start leaving in droves.