The Pac-12 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western United States, participating in 24 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two tiers of NCAA Division I football competition.
The conference's 12 members are located in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. They include each state's flagship public university, four additional public universities, and two private research universities.
The modern Pac-12 conference formed after the disbanding of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC), whose principal members founded the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) in 1959. The conference previously went by the names Big Five, Big Six, Pacific-8, and Pacific-10. The Pac-12 moniker was adopted in 2011 with the addition of Colorado and Utah.
Nicknamed the "Conference of Champions", the Pac-12 has won more NCAA national championships in team sports than any other conference in history. The top three schools with the most NCAA team championships are members of the Pac-12: Stanford, UCLA, and USC, in that order. Washington's national title in women's rowing in 2017 was the 500th NCAA championship won by a Pac-12 school.
The current commissioner of the conference is Larry Scott. Scott replaced Thomas C. Hansen, who retired in July 2009 after 26 years in that position. Prior to joining the Pac-10, Scott was Chairman and CEO of the Women's Tennis Association.
(as Pacific Coast Conference)
|Former names||Pacific Coast Conference|
Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU, 1959–68)
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California|
|Commissioner||Larry Scott (since 2009)|
The Pac-12 has twelve full member institutions. Football is the only sport where the conference is split into two divisions, the North Division and the South Division.
|University of Arizona||Tucson, Arizona||1885||1978||Public||43,625 ||$843,529,000||Wildcats|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, Arizona||1885||1978||71,946 ||$661,046,000||Sun Devils|
|University of California, Berkeley||Berkeley, California||1868||1915||41,910 ||$4.297581×109||Golden Bears|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Los Angeles, California||1919||1928||45,428 ||$2.062573×109||Bruins|
|University of Colorado Boulder||Boulder, Colorado||1876||2011||33,246 ||$1.220204×109 †||Buffaloes|
|University of Oregon||Eugene, Oregon||1876||1915||22,980 ||$828,459,000||Ducks|
|Oregon State University||Corvallis, Oregon||1868||1915||31,904 ||$549,448,000||Beavers|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, California||1880||1922||Private||45,500 ||$5.128459×109||Trojans|
|Stanford University||Stanford, California||1891||1918||16,336 ||$2.4784943×1010||Cardinal|
|University of Utah||Salt Lake City, Utah||1850||2011||Public||32,780 ||$1.127686×109||Utes|
|University of Washington||Seattle, Washington||1861||1915||46,081 ||$3.361×109||Huskies|
|Washington State University||Pullman, Washington||1890||1917||30,614 ||$974,029,000||Cougars|
The Pac-12 has three affiliate member institutions in California and one in Arkansas.
|Institution||Location||Founded||Joined||Type||Enrollment||Team Name||Colors||Primary Conference||Pac-12 sports|
|California Polytechnic State University||San Luis Obispo, California||1901||1986–87||Public||19,777||Mustangs||Big West||Wrestling|
|California State University, Bakersfield||Bakersfield, California||1965||1987–88||8,002||Roadrunners||WAC|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock||Little Rock, Arkansas||1927||2019-20||11,845||Trojans||Sun Belt|
|San Diego State University||San Diego||1897||2005–06||34,500||Aztecs||Mountain West||Men's soccer|
Cal State Bakersfield initially announced it would become a men's soccer affiliate starting in 2013, but never went through with those plans, accepting an invitation to become an all-sports member of the Western Athletic Conference, which sponsors men's soccer, also in 2013. The school will maintain its Pac-12 affiliation in wrestling, which the WAC does not sponsor.
No school has left the Pac-12 since its founding as the AAWU in 1959. Two members of the PCC were not invited to join the AAWU or its successors.
|University of Idaho||Moscow, Idaho||1889||1922||1959||Public||Vandals||Big Sky|
|University of Montana||Missoula, Montana||1893||1924||1950||Grizzlies|
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Team Name||Primary conference||Pac-12 sports||Joined||Left|
|Boise State University||Boise, Idaho||1932||Public||19,667||Broncos||Mountain West||Wrestling[a]||1987–88||2016–17|
|University of California, Davis||Davis, California||1905||34,155||Aggies||Big West||1992–93||2009–10|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara, California||1909||20,559||Gauchos||Men's swimming & diving[b]||2010–11||2014–15|
|California Polytechnic State University||San Luis Obispo, California||1901||19,777||Mustangs||2010–11||2014–15|
|California State University, Fresno||Fresno, California||1911||23,060||Bulldogs||Mountain West||Wrestling[c]||1986–87||1990–91|
|California State University, Fullerton||Fullerton, California||1957||38,325||Titans||Big West||1986–87||2010–11|
|Eastern Washington University||Cheney, Washington||1882||13,453||Eagles||Big Sky||Baseball||1982–83||1989–90|
|Gonzaga University||Spokane, Washington||1887||Private||7,229||Bulldogs||WCC||1982–83||1994–95|
|Portland State University||Portland, Oregon||1946||Public||29,452||Vikings||Big Sky||1982–83||1997–98|
|University of Portland||Portland, Oregon||1901||Private||3,200||Pilots||WCC||Baseball||1982–83||1994–95|
|San Jose State University||San Jose, California||1857||Public||31,278||Spartans||Mountain West||Wrestling||1986–87||1987–88|
|Utah State University||Logan, Utah||1888||28,796||Aggies||1986–87||1988–89|
|School||Football stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Baseball stadium||Capacity|
|Arizona||Arizona Stadium||56,037||McKale Center||14,655||Hi Corbett Field||9,500|
|Arizona State||Sun Devil Stadium||56,232||Wells Fargo Arena||10,754||Phoenix Municipal Stadium||8,775|
|California||California Memorial Stadium||62,467||Haas Pavilion||11,877||Evans Diamond||2,500|
|Colorado||Folsom Field||53,613||CU Events Center||11,064||No team, dropped in 1980|
|Oregon||Autzen Stadium||54,000||Matthew Knight Arena||12,346||PK Park||3,600|
|Oregon State||Reser Stadium||43,363||Gill Coliseum||9,604||Goss Stadium at Coleman Field||3,248|
|Stanford||Stanford Stadium||50,424||Maples Pavilion||7,233||Klein Field at Sunken Diamond||4,000|
|UCLA||Rose Bowl||91,936||Pauley Pavilion||13,800||Jackie Robinson Stadium||1,820|
|USC||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||77,500||Galen Center||10,258||Dedeaux Field||2,500|
|Utah||Rice-Eccles Stadium||45,807||Jon M. Huntsman Center||15,000||Smith's Ballpark||15,411|
|Washington||Husky Stadium||70,138||Hec Edmundson Pavilion||10,000||Husky Ballpark||2,212|
|Washington State||Martin Stadium||32,740||Beasley Coliseum||11,671||Bailey-Brayton Field||3,500|
|School||Athletic director||Football coach||Men's basketball coach||Women's basketball coach||Baseball coach|
|Arizona||Dave Heeke||Kevin Sumlin||Sean Miller||Adia Barnes||Jay Johnson|
|Arizona State||Ray Anderson||Herm Edwards||Bobby Hurley||Charli Turner Thorne||Tracy Smith|
|California||H. Michael Williams||Justin Wilcox||Wyking Jones||Lindsay Gottlieb||Mike Neu|
|Colorado||Rick George||Mel Tucker||Tad Boyle||JR Payne||No team|
|Oregon||Rob Mullens||Mario Cristobal||Dana Altman||Kelly Graves||George Horton|
|Oregon State||Scott Barnes||Jonathan Smith||Wayne Tinkle||Scott Rueck||Pat Casey|
|Stanford||Bernard Muir||David Shaw||Jerod Haase||Tara VanDerveer||David Esquer|
|UCLA||Dan Guerrero||Chip Kelly||Mick Cronin||Cori Close||John Savage|
|USC||Lynn Swann||Clay Helton||Andy Enfield||Mark Trakh||Dan Hubbs|
|Utah||Mark Harlan||Kyle Whittingham||Larry Krystkowiak||Lynne Roberts||Bill Kinneberg|
|Washington||Jennifer Cohen||Chris Petersen||Mike Hopkins||Jody Wynn||Lindsay Meggs|
|Washington State||Pat Chun||Mike Leach||Ernie Kent||Kamie Ethridge||Marty Lees|
Eight of the twelve member schools are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), including all four California-based schools. The only FBS conference with more AAU members is the Big Ten with 13 out of 14 member institutions having AAU membership.
Additionally, these member schools are also highly ranked nationally and globally by various groups, including the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and Times Higher Education World University Rankings (Times).
Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights and licensing, student fees, school funds and all other sources including TV income, camp income, concessions, and novelties. Total expenses includes coach and staff salaries, scholarships, buildings and grounds, maintenance, utilities and rental fees, recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues, and insurance.
The following table is updated to show institutional reporting to the Department of Education as shown on the DOE Equity in Athletics website for the 2013–14 academic year. The national ranking of revenue is based on 2075 institutions reporting to the Department of Education that year. Source: http://ope.ed.gov/athletics.
|2||13||University of Southern California||$106,528,649||$106,528,649|
|3||19||University of Washington||$100,275,186||$86,097,136|
|4||22||University of Arizona||$97,630,769||$93,273,995|
|5||27||University of California, Berkeley||$90,262,140||$76,446,272|
|6||33||University of California, Los Angeles||$86,426,780||$86,426,780|
|7||35||University of Oregon||$81,546,443||$79,961,755|
|8||45||Arizona State University||$72,775,808||$72,599,644|
|9||55||Oregon State University||$67,033,751||$67,033,751|
|10||60||University of Colorado||$64,303,098||$64,303,098|
|11||62||Washington State University||$60,727,273||$60,727,273|
|12||65||University of Utah||$59,005,590||$57,819,434|
The roots of the Pac-12 Conference go back to December 2, 1915, when the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) was founded at a meeting at the Imperial Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Charter members were the University of California (now University of California, Berkeley), University of Washington, University of Oregon, and Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University). The PCC began play in 1916.
One year later, Washington State College (now Washington State University) joined the league, followed by Stanford University in 1918.
For many years, the conference split into two divisions for basketball and baseball – a Southern Division comprising the four California schools and a Northern Division comprising the six schools in the Pacific Northwest.
Following "pay-for-play" scandals at California, USC, UCLA, and Washington, the PCC disbanded in June 1959. Ten months earlier in August 1958, these four schools agreed to form a new conference that would take effect the following summer. When the four schools and Stanford began discussions for a new conference in 1959, retired Admiral Thomas J. Hamilton interceded and suggested the schools consider creating a national "power conference" (Hamilton had been a key player, head coach, and athletic director at Navy, and was the current athletic director at Pittsburgh). Nicknamed the "Airplane Conference," the five former PCC schools would have played with other major academically-oriented schools, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Notre Dame, Pitt, Penn State, and Syracuse. The effort fell through when a Pentagon official vetoed the idea and the service academies backed out.
On July 1, 1959, the new Athletic Association of Western Universities was launched, with California, UCLA, USC, and Washington as the four charter members. Stanford joined during the first month. Hamilton left Pittsburgh to become the first commissioner of the AAWU, and remained for twelve years. The conference also was popularly known as the Big Five from 1960 to 1962. When Washington State joined in 1962, the conference became informally known as the Big Six.
Oregon and Oregon State joined in the summer of 1964. With their addition, the conference was known unofficially as the Pacific Athletic Conference, and then the Pacific-8 (as there already was a major conference called the Big Eight). In 1968, the AAWU formally renamed itself the Pacific-8 Conference, or Pac-8 for short. The Pac-8 did not allow a second bowl team from the conference until the 1975 season; in basketball, participation in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was not allowed until 1973.
In 1978, the conference added Arizona and Arizona State from the Western Athletic Conference, becoming the Pacific-10 Conference or Pac-10. The invitations to the schools were extended in December 1976, and the expansion formally announced in May 1977.
In 1986, the Pac-10 began sponsoring women's athletics. Prior to this time members' women's teams competed with other large universities on the Pacific coast in either the Northern Pacific Conference or the Western Collegiate Athletic Association.
In the mid-1990s the conference expressed interest in admitting the University of Colorado and the University of Texas after the collapse of the Southwest Conference. Texas expressed an interest in joining a strong academic conference, but joined three fellow Southwest Conference schools (Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Baylor) to merge with the Big Eight Conference to form the Big 12 Conference in 1996. Colorado elected to remain in the newly formed Big 12.
Before the addition of Colorado and Utah in 2011, only the Ivy League had maintained its membership for a longer time than the Pac-10 among Division I conferences. Commissioner Larry Scott said on February 9, 2010, that the window for expansion was open for the next year as the conference began negotiations for a new television deal. Speaking on a conference call to introduce former Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg as his new deputy, Scott talked about possibly adding new teams to the conference and launching a new television network. Scott, the former head of the Women's Tennis Association, took over the conference in July 2009. In his first eight months on the job, he saw growing interest from the membership over the possibility of adding teams for the first time since Arizona and Arizona State joined the conference in 1978.
In early June 2010, there were reports that the Pac-10 was considering adding up to six teams to the conference: the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Colorado.
On June 10, 2010, the University of Colorado Boulder officially accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10 Conference, effective starting with the 2012–2013 academic year. The school later announced it would join the conference a year earlier than previously announced, in the 2011–2012 academic year.
On June 15, 2010, a deal was reached between Texas and the Big 12 Conference to keep Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State in the Big 12. Following Texas' decision, the other Big 12 schools that had been rumored candidates to join the Pac-10 announced they would remain in the Big 12. This deal effectively ended the Pac-10's ambition to potentially become a sixteen-team conference.
On June 17, 2010, the University of Utah officially accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10 Conference, effective starting July 2011. Utah was a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) with Arizona and Arizona State before those two left for the Pac-10 in 1978. The Utes left an expanded WAC with seven other schools in 1999 to form the new Mountain West Conference. Utah became the first "BCS Buster" to join a BCS conference, having played in (and won) two BCS games beforehand.
On July 27, 2010, the conference unveiled a new logo and announced that the Pac-10 would be renamed the Pac-12 when Utah and Colorado formally joined in July 2011. On October 21, the Pac-12 announced that its football competition would be split into two divisions—a North Division comprising the Pacific Northwest and Bay Area schools, and a South Division comprising the Mountain Time Zone and Southern California schools. On July 1, 2011, the Pac-12 assumed its current alignment when both Colorado and Utah officially joined as full members.
On August 15, 2012, the conference debuted the Pac-12 Network. It was the third college sports conference to launch a dedicated network, and the first to completely fund and own their own network outright.
The Pac-12 claims the PCC's history as its own. It inherited the PCC's berth in the Rose Bowl, and the eight largest schools in the old PCC all eventually joined the new league.
The Pac-12 is one of the founding members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), a conference organized to provide competition in non-revenue Olympic sports. All-Pac-12 members participate in at least one MPSF sport (men's and women's indoor track and field both actually have enough participating Pac-12 schools for the conference to sponsor a championship, but the Pac-12 has opted not to do so). For certain sports, the Pac-12 admits certain schools as associate members.
The Pac-12 Conference sponsors championship competition in 10 men's and 13 women's NCAA-sanctioned sports, plus one men's sport that is not sanctioned by the NCAA. Three schools are associate members in a single men's sport.
|Beach volleyball ^||–||8|
|Swimming & Diving||8||9|
|Track & Field Outdoor||10||12|
Member-by-member sponsorship of the 11 men's Pac-12 sports.
Men's sports that are not sponsored by the Pac-12 but are fielded as a varsity sport at Pac-12 schools
|Lacrosse||Rugby[a]||Sailing[a]||Skiing||Track & Field
|Totals||1||2||1||1||1 + 5||1||2||10||3||4||25+5|
Member-by-member sponsorship of the 13 women's Pac-12 sports.
Women's sports that are not sponsored by the Pac-12 but are fielded as a varsity sport at Pac-12 schools
& Tumbling[w 1]
|Sailing[w 1]||Skiing||Squash[w 1]||Synchronized
† Co-ed sports include fencing (since 1990), rifle, and skiing (since 1983). Team fencing championships before 1990 and team skiing championships before 1983 were awarded as men's or women's championships and are counted here as such.
These totals do not include football national championships, which the NCAA does not officially award at the FBS level. Various polls, formulas, and other third-party systems have been used to determine national championships, not all of which are universally accepted. These totals also do not include championships prior to the inception of the NCAA.
Each of the ten schools that were conference members before 2011 has its own in-state, conference rivalry. One is an intracity rivalry (UCLA-USC), and another is within the same metropolitan area (California-Stanford). Colorado and Utah, who joined in 2011, were historic rivals in the Rocky Mountain region prior to 1962 when they suspended the series. These rivalries (and the name given to the football forms) are:
The most frequently played rivalries in the conference are the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State (120 meetings through 2016) and the Big Game between Stanford and California (119 meetings). These rivalries are among the most played rivalries in college football.
The two newest members, Colorado and Utah, had a football rivalry that had been dormant since 1962 – both were conference rivals previously in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (now a Division II conference), and later the now-defunct Mountain States Conference (also known as the Skyline Conference). Even after Colorado joined what became the Big 12 in 1948 (the conference was then known popularly as the Big 7 Conference), the two schools continued their football rivalry for over a decade before ending it after the 1962 season. With the two schools being placed in the same division for football starting in 2011, the rivalry was revived with their 58th meeting during the 2011 season.
All of the California schools consider each other major rivals, due to the culture clash between Northern and Southern California. California and UCLA have a rivalry rooted in their shared history as the top programs within the University of California system. Stanford and USC have a rivalry rooted in their shared history as the only private schools in the Pac-12. California and USC also have a long history, having played each other every year in football since 1916.
Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State all consider each other major rivals due to their proximity and long history. The Oregon–Washington rivalry is sometimes referred to as the Border War.
Arizona and New Mexico have a recently renewed rivalry game, based upon when they were both members of the WAC and both states were longtime territories before being admitted as states in 1912. They played for the Kit Carson Rifle trophy, which was no longer used starting with their meeting in the 1997 Insight Bowl.
USC and Notre Dame have an intersectional rivalry (See Notre Dame–USC rivalry). The games in odd-numbered years are played in South Bend in mid-October, while the games in even-numbered years are played in Los Angeles, usually in late November.
Stanford and Notre Dame also have an intersectional rivalry (See Notre Dame–Stanford football rivalry). The schedule of the Stanford–Notre Dame rivalry mirrors that of USC–Notre Dame. The games in even-numbered years are played at Notre Dame in mid-October, while the games in odd-numbered years are played at Stanford in late November.
The isolated rural campuses of Washington State and Idaho are eight miles (13 km) apart on the Palouse, creating a natural border war known as the Battle of the Palouse. Idaho rejoined FBS in 1996, until 2017.
Colorado also has a rivalry with in-state rival Colorado State called the Rocky Mountain Showdown.
With the NCAA permanently approving 12-game schedules in college football beginning in 2006, the Pac-10—alone among major conferences in doing so—went to a full nine-game conference schedule. Previously, the schools did not play one non-rival opponent, resulting in an eight-game conference schedule (four home games and four away). In 2010, the last season before the arrival of Colorado and Utah, the only other BCS conference that played a round-robin schedule was the Big East. The schedule consisted of one home and away game against the two schools in each region, plus the game against the primary in-state rival.
On October 21, 2010 the Pac-10 announced the creation of divisions and a championship game in football, to be used when Colorado and Utah joined the conference effective July 1, 2011. The twelve members were split into two divisions for football only: a North Division comprising the Pacific Northwest and Bay Area schools, and a South Division comprising the Mountain Time Zone and Los Angeles schools. The four California schools (gray background below) will still play each other every season despite spanning both divisions.
|North Division||South Division|
|Oregon State||Arizona State|
A nine-game conference schedule is being maintained, with five games within the assigned division and four games from the opposite division. The four California teams will play each other every season. Consequently, the four non-California teams in each division will only play one of the two California teams from the opposite division each year.
The Pac-12 Football Championship Game features the North Division Champion against the South Division Champion. The divisional champions are determined based on record in all conference games (both divisional and cross-divisional). The first three championship games were played at the home stadium of the participant with the better overall conference record. Since 2014, the Championship Game has been hosted at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
As of the 2017 college football season, the following is the selection order of bowl games with Pac-12 tie-ins. If a Pac-12 team is selected to participate in the College Football Playoff, all other bowl-eligible teams move up one spot in the order.
|1||Rose Bowl||Pasadena, California||Big Ten||1|
|2||Alamo Bowl||San Antonio, Texas||Big 12||2|
|3||Holiday Bowl||San Diego, California||Big Ten||4|
|4||Redbox Bowl||Santa Clara, California||Big Ten||6|
|5||Sun Bowl||El Paso, Texas||ACC||4|
|6||Las Vegas Bowl||Las Vegas, Nevada||MWC||1|
|7||Cheez-It Bowl||Tempe, Arizona||Big 12||5|
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the conference, an All-Century Team was unveiled on December 2, 2015, voted on by a panel of coaches, players, and the media.
Note: Bold Italic notes Offensive, Defensive and Coach of the Century selections; The voting panel was made up of 119 former players, coaches and media.
As of 2017, Pac-12 schools have won a record 16 Division I national titles.[a] Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament in 1939. UCLA has won 11 national titles, the most of any Division I team. Arizona has won the most recent national title, winning in 1997. Stanford, Utah & Cal round out the 16 titles coming in 1942, 1944 & 1959 respectively.
All of the intra-conference rivalries in football are carried over into other sports.
During the 1970s, UCLA and Notre Dame had an intense men's basketball rivalry. For several years, it was one of a small number of non-conference games in Division I basketball that was played twice a season (home-and-away). The most famous game in the rivalry was on January 19, 1974, when Notre Dame scored the last 12 points of the game to nip UCLA and end the Bruins' record 88-game winning streak. This rivalry is now dormant, partly because Notre Dame is no longer independent in sports other than football (now in the ACC).
In baseball, there are intense rivalries between the four southern schools. Arizona, Arizona State, and USC have long and successful histories in baseball and all have won national titles in the sport. The most intense series is widely regarded to be the "Basebrawl" series between USC and Arizona State in 1990. Arizona State swept the series and in the final game a bench clearing brawl spread quickly to the stands and made national headlines. Several were injured and riot police were called to end the fracas.
Washington and California have a longstanding rivalry in men's crew as the two traditionally dominant programs on the West Coast.
Due to the unique geographic nature of the Pac-12 teams, the teams travel in pairs for road basketball games. For example, on Thursday, February 28, 2008, USC played Arizona and UCLA played Arizona State. Two nights later the teams switched and USC played Arizona State and UCLA played Arizona. The teams are paired as follows: USC and UCLA (the L.A. teams), Arizona and Arizona State (the Arizona teams), California and Stanford (the Bay Area teams), Washington and Washington State (the Washington teams), Oregon and Oregon State (the Oregon teams), and Colorado and Utah (the Rocky Mountain teams). Usually, the games are played on Thursdays and Saturdays with a game or occasionally two on Sundays for television purposes. This pairing formula is also used in women's volleyball. To make scheduling simpler for men and women's basketball (a sport in which each conference member uses a single venue for both teams' home games), the schedule for women's basketball is the opposite of the men's schedule. For example, when the Oregon schools are hosting the men's teams from the Arizona schools, the Arizona schools host the women's teams from Oregon schools the same weekend.
This formula has made a tradition in conference play to keep track of how a team does against a particular region; and stats are kept as to how successful a team is against, for example, "the Bay Area schools" at home or away. Effective in the 2011–12 season, with the expansion into 12 teams, a 10-year rotation model has been developed to maintain the existing 18-game conference schedule. Teams remained paired with their regional rival. Each school plays its regional rival and six other teams both home and away, and the other four teams once – two at home and two away. The newest members, Colorado and Utah, are paired with each other. The single play opponents rotate every two years.
Recently, Cal Poly and UCLA has grown into a competitive Men's Soccer rivalry with Cal Poly hosting UCLA in a 0–0 tie in front of a crowd of 8,717 which at the time was the 9th largest regular season, on-campus attendance in the history of college soccer. The schools have played several times since however UCLA has not returned to San Luis Obispo for a Friday or Saturday game since tying Cal Poly in front of a record crowd. UCLA leads the series 6–2–2.
Since restarting in 1959 as the AAWU, the Pac-12 has had only four commissioners:
|Thomas J. Hamilton ||1959–1971||12 years||AAWU / Pacific-8|
|Wiles Hallock ||1971–1983||12 years||Pacific-8 / Pacific-10|
|Thomas C. Hansen ||1983–2009||26 years||Pacific-10|
|Larry Scott||2009–present||9 years||Pacific-10 / Pac-12|
Commissioners of the forerunner PCC
The 2011 All-Pac-12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pac-12 Conference teams for the 2011 Pac-12 Conference football season. The Oregon Ducks won the conference, defeating the UCLA Bruins 49–31 in the Pac-12 Championship game. Oregon then beat the Big Ten champion Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl 45 to 38. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was voted Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks was voted Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.2012 All-Pac-12 Conference football team
The 2012 All-Pac-12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pac-12 Conference teams for the 2012 Pac-12 Conference football season. The Stanford Cardinal won the conference, defeating the UCLA Bruins 27–24 in the Pac-12 Championship game. Stanford then beat the Big Ten champion Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl 20 to 14. USC wide receiver Marqise Lee was voted Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton was voted Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.2013 All-Pac-12 Conference football team
The 2013 All-Pac-12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pac-12 honors for the 2013 Pac-12 season. The Stanford Cardinal won the conference, defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils 38 to 14 in the Pac-12 Championship game. Stanford then lost to the Big Ten champion Michigan State Spartans in the Rose Bowl 20 to 14. Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey was voted Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton was voted Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.2014 All-Pac-12 Conference football team
The 2014 All-Pac-12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pac-12 Conference teams for the 2014 Pac-12 Conference football season. The Oregon Ducks won the conference, defeating the Arizona Wildcats 51 to 13 in the Pac-12 Championship game. Oregon was then the national runner-up, in the College Football Playoff semifinal beating the ACC champion Florida States Seminoles 59 to 20; then losing to the Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes 42 to 20 in the national championship game. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy and was voted Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III was voted Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.2014 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2014 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament presented by New York Life was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Pac-12 during the 2013–14 season. It was played from March 12–15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The champion received an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The UCLA Bruins won the tournament with a 75–71 victory over the Arizona Wildcats in the championship game.2017 Washington State Cougars football team
The 2017 Washington State Cougars football team represented Washington State University during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by sixth-year head coach Mike Leach and played their home games at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. They competed as members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. They finished the season 9–4, 6–3 in Pac-12 play to finish in third place in the North Division. They were invited to the Holiday Bowl where they lost to Michigan State.2019 Colorado Buffaloes football team
The 2019 Colorado Buffaloes football team will represent the University of Colorado Boulder during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Buffaloes will be led by first-year head coach Mel Tucker and will play their home games on campus at Folsom Field. They will compete as a member of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference.2019 Utah Utes football team
The 2019 Utah Utes football team will represent the University of Utah during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Utes will be led by 15th-year head coach Kyle Whittingham and will play their home games at Rice–Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. They will compete as members of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference.Joe Bruin
Joe Bruin is the official mascot of UCLA and is often found with Josephine (Josie) Bruin, a female brown bear. He is a visible and constant on-field presence at UCLA sporting events.List of All-Pac-12 Conference football teams
The All-Pac-12 football team is an annual Pac-12 Conference honor bestowed on the best players in the conference following every college football season. Pac-12 coaches select first and second teams that each typically consists of 11 offensive players (a quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, and five offensive lineman), 11 defensive players (four defensive lineman, three linebackers, and four defensive backs), and four specialists (a punter, a kicker, a return specialist, and a special teams player). Ties result in additional players being selected. Votes are based on a weighted ranking, and coaches are allowed to select players from their own team. Players placed on the first team are given an award by the conference, while those on the second team receive a certificate. Players that are not named all-conference may receive honorable mention if they received at least two votes. The preliminary results are then given to the coaches, who may choose to name as many as two additional players from their respective program for honorable mention from the conference.The conference was founded as the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC), in 1915, which principal members founded the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) in 1959, and subsequently went by the names Pacific-8, Pacific-10, becoming the Pac-12 in 2011.List of All-Pac-12 Conference men's basketball teams
The All-Pac-12 men's basketball team is an annual Pac-12 Conference honor bestowed on the best players in the conference following every college basketball season. Pac-12 coaches select a 10-player first team and a five-player second team. There were two five-man teams from 1956 though 1979, followed by one 10-man first team from 1980 through 2008. For one year in 2008, there were three five-man teams selected.During the final week of the regular season, Pac-12 coaches nominate up to three players from their team to be placed on the ballot for consideration. Coaches submit their votes by the Sunday after the season ends and cannot vote for their own players. Previously, a player needed to be selected on 50 percent of the ballots to be on the team. In the 2006–07 season, only nine players received enough votes to be selected. Ties resulted in extra players being selected in some seasons. Each team member receives an award. Players who are not placed on the first or second teams, but received at least three votes, earn honorable mention. The Pac-12 staff has the right to add to list of recipients selected by the coaches for recognition.The Pac-12, as currently chartered, was formed in 1959. However, the league claims the history of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC), founded in 1915, as its own. After the collapse of the PCC in 1959, five of its members immediately founded the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU). By 1964, all of the final PCC members except Idaho were reunited in the AAWU. The AAWU unofficially used the names Big Five, Big Six, and Pacific-8 before formally adopting the "Pacific-8" name in 1968. The name changed to Pacific-10 when Arizona and Arizona State joined in 1978, and to Pac-12 when Colorado and Utah joined in 2011.List of Pac-12 Conference football champions
This is a list of annual Pac-12 Conference football champions. Co-champions are listed with the conference's Rose Bowl representative first. Pacific Coast Conference results are included. Since 2011, the Pac-12 Football Championship Game has determined the champion. PCC champions were awarded the Schwabacher Trophy.Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor
The Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor recognizes former athletes and coaches who have made a significant impact to the tradition and heritage of the Pac-12 Conference. Established in 2002, one honoree is selected by each member institution in the conference annually. The inductions occur during the Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. The Hall of Honor was originally limited to men's basketball, until it was opened to other sports in 2018. The conference was named the Pacific-10 before it expanded in the 2011–12 season with Colorado and Utah.Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year
The John R. Wooden Coach of the Year, commonly known as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, is an annual college basketball award presented to the top men's basketball coach in the Pac-12 Conference. The winner is selected by conference coaches, who are not allowed to vote for themselves. Former Arizona coach Lute Olson won the award a record seven times. It was first awarded in 1976, when the conference consisted of eight teams and was known as the Pacific-8, before becoming the Pacific-10 after expanding in 1978. Two more teams were added in 2011, when the conference became the Pac-12. The award was known as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year Award when it was renamed in John Wooden's honor following his death in June 2010. Wooden coached the UCLA Bruins for 27 years while winning a record 10 national championships, including seven straight. He retired in 1975, the year before the award began.Dick DiBiaso of Stanford and George Raveling of Washington State were co-winners in the award's inaugural year. Both schools finished in the lower half of the conference that year. DiBiaso is the only coach to have received the award with a losing record. He was a first-year coach for the Cardinal (then nicknamed Cardinals) with only one returning starter, and the team lost a number of significant players to injury. Stanford's record was 9–18 with 11 losses by six points or less. Since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1978, the winner of the award has typically qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Marv Harshman was 19–10 with Washington in 1981–82 and fellow Huskies coach Bob Bender finished 16–12 in 1995–96 when the schools landed in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). In 1990–91, Kelvin Sampson guided Washington State to a 16–12 record and did not compete in a postseason tournament.Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Pac-12 Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1975–76 season, when the conference was known as the Pacific-8, and is determined by voting from the Pac-12 media and coaches. There have been two players honored multiple times: David Greenwood of UCLA and Sean Elliott of Arizona. Three freshmen have also won the award: Shareef Abdur-Rahim of California, Kevin Love of UCLA and Deandre Ayton of Arizona.
The only current Pac-12 member without a winner is one of the two newest members, Colorado. Between the arrival of Arizona and Arizona State in 1978 and the entry of Colorado and Utah in 2011, the conference was known as the Pacific–10.Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
The Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, otherwise known as the Pac-12 Tournament, is the annual concluding tournament for the NCAA college basketball in the Pac-12, taking place in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena.Pac-12 Conference football individual awards
Coaches of the Pac-12 Conference bestow the following awards at the end of each football season. The conference was founded in its current form as the Athletic Association of Western Universities in 1959, but traces its roots to the Pacific Coast Conference, founded in 1915. The conference name changed to Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8) in 1968 and Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) in 1978. The conference's 2011 expansion to 12 members saw the conference formally renamed as the Pac-12 Conference.Pac-12 Conference men's basketball
Men's college basketball in the Pac-12 Conference began in 1915 with the formation of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC). Principal members of the PCC founded the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) in 1959, and subsequently went by the names Big Five, Big Six, Pacific-8, and Pacific-10, becoming the Pac-12 in 2011. Competing in the Pac-12 are the Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, California Golden Bears, Colorado Buffaloes, Oregon Ducks, Oregon State, Stanford Cardinal, UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans, Utah Utes, Washington Huskies, and Washington State Cougars.
As of 2017, Pac-12 schools have won a record 16 Division I national titles. Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament in 1939. UCLA has won 11 national titles, the most of any Division I team. Arizona has won the most recent national title, winning in 1997. Stanford, Utah & Cal round out the 16 titles coming in 1942, 1944 & 1959 respectively.Pac-12 Network
The Pac-12 Networks (P12N) is an American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by the Pac-12 Conference. The network's studio and production facilities are headquartered in the South of Market district of San Francisco, California.
In addition to the national channel, it also operates a group of six regional sports channels focusing on different schools within the conference under the Pac-12 Networks brand:
Pac-12 Arizona, which carries events from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University
Pac-12 Bay Area, featuring events from the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University
Pac-12 Los Angeles, featuring events from the University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California
Pac-12 Mountain, featuring events from the University of Colorado and University of Utah
Pac-12 Oregon, featuring events from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University
Pac-12 Washington, featuring events from the University of Washington and Washington State University