Pacific-12 Conference

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Pacific-12 Conference
Pacific-12 Conference logo
Established1959; 55 years ago (1959)
1915; 99 years ago (1915)
(as Pacific Coast Conference)
DivisionDivision I FBS
Sports fielded23 (men's: 11; women's: 12)
Former namesPacific Coast Conference
(PCC, 1915–1959)
Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU, 1959–68)
Pacific-8 (1968–78)
Pacific-10 (1978–2011)
Big Five (1959–62) – unofficial
Big Six (1962–64) – unofficial
Pacific-8 (1964–68) – unofficial
HeadquartersWalnut Creek, California
CommissionerLarry Scott (since 2009)
Pacific-12 Conference locations
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Pacific-12 Conference
Pacific-12 Conference logo
Established1959; 55 years ago (1959)
1915; 99 years ago (1915)
(as Pacific Coast Conference)
DivisionDivision I FBS
Sports fielded23 (men's: 11; women's: 12)
Former namesPacific Coast Conference
(PCC, 1915–1959)
Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU, 1959–68)
Pacific-8 (1968–78)
Pacific-10 (1978–2011)
Big Five (1959–62) – unofficial
Big Six (1962–64) – unofficial
Pacific-8 (1964–68) – unofficial
HeadquartersWalnut Creek, California
CommissionerLarry Scott (since 2009)
Pacific-12 Conference locations

The Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12) is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two levels of NCAA Division I football competition. The conference's 12 members, which are primarily flagship research universities in their respective regions, well-regarded academically, and with relatively large student enrollment, compete in 22 NCAA sports. It was created after the disbanding of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC), whose principal members founded the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) in 1959, and went by the names Big Five, Big Six, Pacific-8, Pacific-10, and became the Pacific-12 in 2011.

Nicknamed the "Conference of Champions," the Pac-12 has won more NCAA National Team Championships than any other conference in history; the three schools with the most NCAA team championships belong to the Pac-12 (UCLA, Stanford, and USC, in that order). With Arizona State's softball title in 2011, the conference won its 400th NCAA Championship.

The current commissioner of the conference is Larry Scott who replaced Thomas C. Hansen, who retired in July 2009 after 26 years in that position.[1] Prior to joining the Pac-10, Scott was Chairman and CEO of the Women's Tennis Association.[2]

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

The Pac-12 has twelve full member institutions. Football currently is the only sport where the conference is divided evenly into two geographic divisions, the North Division and the South Division. The Pac-12 spans six states in the Western United States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Unusual for a major conference, the Pac-12's members are spread evenly between 3 regions, with 4 schools each in California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Four Corners region.

FoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentEndowment [3]NicknameColorsVarsity TeamsNCAA Team
Championships [4]
University of ArizonaTucson, Arizona
18851978Public40,223 [5]$563,655,000Wildcats          [6]2218
Arizona State UniversityTempe, Arizona
18851978Public59,794 [7]$500,667,000Sun Devils          [8]2323
University of California, BerkeleyBerkeley, California
18681915Public36,142 [9]$3,031,896,000 [10]Golden Bears          [11]3034
University of California, Los AngelesLos Angeles, California
19191928Public40,675 [12]$2,590,000,000Bruins          [13]26112
University of Colorado BoulderBoulder, Colorado
18762011Public31,702 [14]$1,500,000,000Buffaloes               [15]1726
University of OregonEugene, Oregon
18761915Public24,447 [16]$600,000,000[17]Ducks          [18]2028
Oregon State UniversityCorvallis, Oregon
18681915Public26,393 [19]$403,606,000Beavers          [20]183
University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, California
18801922Private38,010 [21]$3,488,933,000Trojans          [22]2198
Stanford UniversityStanford, California
18911918Private19,945 [23]$17,035,804,000Cardinal          [24]37106
University of UtahSalt Lake City, Utah
18502011Public32,388 [25]$670,411,000Utes          [26]2020
University of WashingtonSeattle, Washington
18611915Public43,762 [27]$2,111,332,000Huskies          [28]226
Washington State UniversityPullman, Washington
18901917Public21,406 [29]$737,409,000Cougars          [30]172

Affiliate members[edit]

The Pac-12 has five affiliate member institutions, four in California and Boise State University in Idaho.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsPrimary ConferencePac-12 Sports
Boise State UniversityBoise, Idaho19321987-88Public19,667Broncos          [31]Mountain WestWrestling
California Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis Obispo, California19012010-11m.sw;
Public19,777Mustangs          [32]Big WestMen's swimming & diving;
California State University, BakersfieldBakersfield, California19651987-88Public8,002Roadrunners          [33]WACWrestling
San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, California18972005-06Public34,500Aztecs          [34]Mountain WestMen's soccer
University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, California19092010-11Public20,559Gauchos          [35]Big WestMen's swimming & diving

Cal State Bakersfield initially announced it would become a men's soccer affiliate starting in 2013,[36] 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.[37]

Former members[edit]

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.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsCurrent Conference
University of IdahoMoscow, Idaho188919221959Public11,957Vandals          [38]Big Sky / Sun Belt (football only)
University of MontanaMissoula, Montana189319241950Public14,921GrizzliesMaroon, Silver, & Light Gray
Big Sky

Former affiliate members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentNicknamePrimary ConferencePac-12 Sports
University of California, DavisDavis, California19051992-932009-10Public34,155AggiesBig WestWrestling
California State University, FresnoFresno, California19111986-871990-91Public23,060BulldogsMountain WestWrestling
California State University, FullertonFullerton, California19571986-872010-11Public38,325TitansBig WestWrestling
Portland State UniversityPortland, Oregon19461998-992008-09Public29,452VikingsBig SkyWrestling
San Jose State UniversitySan Jose, California18571986-871987-88Public31,278SpartansMountain WestWrestling
Utah State UniversityLogan, Utah18881986-871988-89Public28,796AggiesMountain WestWrestling


SchoolFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacity
ArizonaArizona Stadium56,037 [40]McKale Center14,655 [41]Hi Corbett Field9,500 [42]
Arizona StateFrank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium65,870 [43]Wells Fargo Arena10,754 [44]Phoenix Municipal Stadium8,775 [45]
CaliforniaCalifornia Memorial Stadium62,467 [46]Haas Pavilion11,877 [47]Evans Diamond2,500 [48]
ColoradoFolsom Field53,613 [49]Coors Events Center11,064 [50]Non-baseball school
OregonRich Brooks Field at Autzen Stadium54,000 [51]Matthew Knight Arena12,346 [52]PK Park3,600 [53]
Oregon StateReser Stadium45,674 [54]Gill Coliseum9,604 [55]Goss Stadium at Coleman Field3,248 [56]
StanfordStanford Stadium50,424 [57]Maples Pavilion7,233 [58]Klein Field at Sunken Diamond4,000 [59]
UCLARose Bowl91,936 [60]Pauley Pavilion13,800 [61][62]Jackie Robinson Stadium1,820 [63]
USCLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum93,607 [64]Galen Center10,258 [65]Dedeaux Field2,500 [66]
UtahRice–Eccles Stadium45,807 [67]Jon M. Huntsman Center15,000 [68]Smith's Ballpark15,411 [69]
WashingtonHusky Stadium70,138 [70]Hec Edmundson Pavilion10,000 [71]Husky Ballpark2,212 [72]
Washington StateMartin Stadium32,740 [73]Beasley Coliseum11,671 [74]Bailey-Brayton Field3,500 [75]

Key personnel[edit]

SchoolAthletic DirectorFootball coach (2013 salary) [76]Men's Basketball coachWomen's Basketball coachBaseball coach
ArizonaGreg ByrneRich Rodriguez ($2,150,000)Sean MillerNiya ButtsAndy Lopez
Arizona StateRay AndersonTodd Graham ($2,303,020)Herb SendekCharli Turner ThorneTracy Smith
CaliforniaSandy BarbourSonny Dykes ($2,394,000)Cuonzo MartinLindsay GottliebDavid Esquer
ColoradoRick GeorgeMike MacIntyre ($2,403,500)Tad BoyleLinda LappeNo team
OregonRob MullensMark Helfrich ($1,800,000)Dana AltmanKelly GravesGeorge Horton
Oregon StateBob De CarolisMike Riley ($1,417,843)Wayne TinkleScott RueckPat Casey
StanfordBernard MuirDavid Shaw (unpublished)Johnny DawkinsTara VanDerveerMark Marquess
UCLADan GuerreroJim L. Mora ($2,300,000)Steve AlfordCori CloseJohn Savage
USCPat HadenSteve Sarkisian (new hire)Andy EnfieldCynthia Cooper-DykeDan Hubbs
UtahChris HillKyle Whittingham ($2,427,100)Larry KrystkowiakAnthony LevretsBill Kinneberg
WashingtonScott WoodwardChris Petersen (new hire)Lorenzo RomarMike NeighborsLindsay Meggs
Washington StateBill MoosMike Leach ($2,250,000)Ernie KentJune DaughertyDonnie Marbut

As private schools, Stanford and USC are not obligated to publish employees' salaries.


Eight of the twelve member schools are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), including all of the conference's California schools.[77] 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). As of 2014, four Pac-12 institutions are ranked in the top 20 universities in the world, the most out of all conferences outside the Ivy League with Stanford ranked 2nd, UC Berkeley ranked 4th (the highest ranking of any public university), UCLA ranked 12th, and the University of Washington ranked at 15th. In 2014, of the twelve member schools, nine were ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.[78]

Schools ranked by revenue[edit]

Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights/licensing, student fees, school funds and all other sources including TV income, camp income, food and novelties. Total expenses includes coaching/staff, scholarships, buildings/ground, maintenance, utilities and rental fees and all other costs including recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues and insurance costs. Net profit is calculated using the total revenue and total expenses data provided by USA Today, individual institutions and the United States Department of Education.[79]

Total Revenue
from Athletics [80]
Total Expenses
on Athletics [80]
116University of Oregon$94,635,829$89,709,350
224University of Washington$82,594,783$73,833,643
330University of Arizona$78,024,219$76,802,678
432University of California, Los Angeles$71,731,776$71,731,776
533University of California, Berkeley$71,183,404$68,578,362
640Arizona State University$59,855,508$65,587,903
743Oregon State University$58,706,837$57,819,032
849University of Colorado$57,098,868$54,257,246
959Washington State University$42,729,548$47,962,255
1049University of Utah$40,838,218$43,719,503
Stanford UniversityNot reported
(private university)
Not reported
(private university)
University of Southern CaliforniaNot reported
(private university)
Not reported
(private university)


Locations of current Pac-12 Conference full member institutions.

Pacific Coast Conference[edit]

The roots of the Pacific-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.[81] Charter members were the University of California (now University of California, Berkeley), the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University). The conference began play in 1916.

One year later, Washington State College (now Washington State University) joined the league, followed by Stanford University in 1918.

In 1922, the PCC expanded to eight teams with the admission of USC and Idaho. Montana joined the Conference in 1924, and in 1928, the PCC grew to 10 members with the addition of UCLA.

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.

In 1950, Montana departed to join the Mountain States Conference. The PCC continued as a nine-team league through 1958.

AAWU (Big Five and Big Six)[edit]

Following "pay-for-play" scandals at California, USC, UCLA and Washington, the PCC disbanded in June 1959. Ten months earlier in August 1958, the four schools formed a new conference to take effect the following summer.[82][83] When those four and Stanford started talking about forming a new conference, 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 AD at Pittsburgh.) Nicknamed the "Airplane Conference,"[84][85][86] the five PCC schools would have played with other major academically oriented schools, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Notre Dame, Penn, Penn State, Duke, and Georgia Tech among others.[84][87] The effort fell through when a Pentagon official vetoed the idea and the service academies backed out.[88] Hamilton left Pittsburgh in 1959 to become the first commissioner of the AAWU,[89][90] and remained for a dozen years.[91]

On July 1, 1959, the new Athletic Association of Western Universities was launched, with California, UCLA, USC, and Washington as the four charter members,[89] and Stanford was added during the first month.[83][92] The conference also was popularly known as the Big Five from 1960 to 1962;[93] when Washington State joined in 1962,[94] the conference was then informally known as the Big Six.[93][95]


Oregon and Oregon State rejoined in the summer of 1964.[96][97] With the addition of the two Oregon schools, the conference was known unofficially as the Pacific Athletic Conference (PAC),[98][99][100][101][102] and then the Pacific-8 (as there already was a Big Eight Conference). Idaho was never invited to join the AAWU; the Vandals were independent for four years until the formation of the Big Sky Conference in 1963, and were independent in football until 1965.

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.[103]


Final Pac-10 Conference logo

In 1978, the conference added WAC schools Arizona and Arizona State on July 1, creating the Pacific-10 Conference or Pac-10. The invitations to the schools were extended in December 1976,[104] and expansion was formally announced in May 1977.[105]

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, as well as 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 SWC schools (Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Baylor) to combine with the Big Eight Conference to form the Big 12 Conference in 1996. Colorado elected at the time to remain in the newly formed Big 12 Conference.[106]

Before the addition of Colorado and Utah in 2011, only one Division I conference, the Ivy League, had maintained its membership for a longer time than the Pac-10. Commissioner Larry Scott said on February 9, 2010, that the window for expansion by the conference 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 would be considering adding up to six teams to the conference, including Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Colorado Boulder, or possibly Baylor University and Texas A&M University.[107][108]

On June 10, 2010, the University of Colorado Boulder officially accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10 Conference, effective in the 2012–2013 academic year.[109][110] 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 Tech, Texas A&M, 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.[111]

On June 17, 2010, the University of Utah officially accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10 Conference, effective in July 2011.[109] Utah was a member of the WAC with Arizona and Arizona State before those two left for the Pac-10 in 1978. The Utes left an expanded WAC in 1999 to form the new Mountain West Conference. Utah is also the first "BCS Buster" to join a BCS conference, having played in (and won) two BCS games beforehand, and one of the first to leave the MWC, of which Utah was a charter member.

On July 27, 2010, the conference unveiled a new logo and announced that the Pac-10 would be renamed the Pac-12 when two new universities would join the conference. On October 21, the Pac-12 announced that it would be divided into two divisions for purposes of football, with the North Division consisting of the schools in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California and the South Division consisting of Colorado, Utah, and the schools in Arizona and Southern California. On July 1, 2011, the Pac-12 assumed its current alignment when both Colorado and Utah officially joined as full members.

To this day, 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. However, the older league had a separate charter.

The Pac-12 is one of the founding members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, a conference organized to provide competition in non-revenue Olympic sports. All Pac-12 members except Oregon State 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), and for certain sports, the Pac-12 admits certain schools as Associate Members.

Membership timeline[edit]

University of UtahUniversity of Colorado at BoulderArizona State UniversityUniversity of ArizonaUniversity of California, Los AngelesUniversity of MontanaUniversity of IdahoUniversity of Southern CaliforniaStanford UniversityWashington State UniversityWashington State UniversityOregon State UniversityOregon State UniversityUniversity of OregonUniversity of OregonUniversity of WashingtonUniversity of California, Berkeley

 Full members 


The Pac-12 Conference sponsors championship competition in eleven men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Five schools are associate members in three men's sports.[112]

Pac-12 teams in conference competition
Cross Country912
Sand Volleyball-7
Swimming & Diving89
Track and Field (Outdoor)1012

† Men's rowing is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association, not by the NCAA, while women's rowing is sanctioned by both.
‡ Sand volleyball is an NCAA "emerging sport" which is fully sanctioned, but does not yet have a national championship.[113]

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 11 men's Pac-12 sports for the 2012-2013 academic year. (NCAA sponsors only 10 of the 11)

FootballGolfRowing †SoccerSwimming
& Diving
& Field
ArizonaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XN8
Arizona StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY8
CaliforniaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XN10
ColoradoRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY^Red XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYRed XN5
OregonGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XN7
Oregon StateGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickY7
StanfordGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY11
UCLAGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY^Green tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XN8
USCGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY^Red XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XN7
UtahGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XN6
WashingtonGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XN9
Washington StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY^Red XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYRed XN6
Totals1112912124 (4^)56810393

† Men's rowing is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association, not by the NCAA.
^ Indicates men's rowing team with "club" status, but team still compete in Pac-12 Conference rowing championships.

Men's sports that are not sponsored by the Pac-12 but are fielded as a varsity sport at Pac-12 schools:

SchoolFencing †GymnasticsRugby † ^Sailing †SkiingTrack & Field
VolleyballWater Polo
Arizona StateNoNoPACNoNoMPSFNoNo
Oregon StateNoNoPACNoNoNoNoNo
Washington StateNoNoNoNoNoMPSFNoNo

† Indicates a non-NCAA sponsored sport.
^ Indicates men's rugby team — some are varsity and some have "club" status. These six rugby teams compete in the PAC Rugby Conference, which was modeled after the Pac-12 conference, and rugby is featured on the Pac-12 website.[114]

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 11 women's Pac-12 sports for the 2012-13 academic year.

& Diving
& Field
ArizonaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Arizona StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
CaliforniaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY11
ColoradoGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
OregonGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
Oregon StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY10
StanfordGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY11
UCLAGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY11
USCGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
UtahGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
WashingtonGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Washington StateGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9

Women's sports that are not sponsored by the Pac-12 but are fielded as a varsity sport at Pac-12 schools:

SchoolAcrobatics and
Tumbling †
Fencing †Field HockeyLacrosseSailing †Sand Volleyball ^SkiingSquash †Synchronised
Swimming †
Track & Field
Water Polo
Arizona StateNoNoNoNoNoIndependentNoNoNoMPSFMPSF
Oregon StateNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Washington StateNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoMPSFNo

† Indicates a non-NCAA sponsored sport. ^ Indicates an NCAA emerging sport.

NCAA national titles[edit]

NCAA National Championship trophies, rings, watches won by UCLA teams
Arizona State1112236143104
Oregon State30332739
Washington State20280686
Conference total30814746414066142020

These totals do not include football national championships, which the NCAA does not officially declare 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.

USC claims 11 national football championships,[117] California claims 5,[118][119] Washington and Stanford claim 2,[120][121] and Colorado and UCLA claim 1.[122][123][124][124][125][126]

Conference champions[edit]


Big Game, 2004 between California and Stanford


Each of the 10 schools that were conference members before 2011 has its own in-state, conference rivalry. One is an intra city rivalry (UCLA-USC), and another is within the same metropolitan area (California-Stanford). The two schools that 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 two newest members, Colorado and Utah, have a football rivalry as well 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 Pac-12 season. Colorado leads the series 31–24–3.

There are other notable football rivalries within the Pac-12.

All of the California schools consider each other major rivals, due to the culture clash between Northern and Southern California. For USC, the big game is UCLA. For Stanford, their big game is California. But for both Stanford and California, their second biggest game is USC.[127] 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 the proximity and long history. The Oregon – Washington rivalry is sometimes referred to as the Border War.[128]

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.[129][130]

USC and Notre Dame have an intersectional rivalry (See Notre Dame – USC rivalry). The games in odd-numbered years in Indiana are played in mid-October, while the games in even-numbered years in Los Angeles are usually played 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. Idaho rejoined FBS in 1996; the football rivalry has been dubbed Battle of the Palouse.

Utah and BYU have a fierce rivalry that goes back to 1896 that until recently was an intra-conference rivalry nicknamed the Holy War.

Colorado also has a rivalry with in-state rival Colorado State which is 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 rival.


On October 21, 2010 the Pacific-10 announced the football divisions to be used when Utah and Colorado move from the Mountain West Conference and Big 12 Conference respectively, forming the new Pac-12 effective July 1, 2011. Divided into "North" and "South" divisions, each has the following schools in the divisions only for football – a North Division comprising the Pacific Northwest and Bay Area schools, and a South Division comprising the Mountain Time Zone and Los Angeles schools.[131] However, the four California schools (gray background below) will still play each other every season.

North DivisionSouth Division
Oregon StateArizona State
Washington StateUtah

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. Thus, the four non-California teams in each division will only play one of the two California teams from the opposite division each year, facing the same school every other year on average.

The Pacific-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). Through the 2013 edition, the Championship Game was played at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the best record in all conference games (both divisional and cross-divisional).[132] The first Championship Game was played on December 2, 2011 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, between Oregon and UCLA with the Ducks winning 49-31 over the Bruins. The 2014 Championship Game will be the first played at a neutral site—Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Bowl games[edit]

Starting in the 2014 college football season, the following is the bowl selection order and the teams involved in each bowl:

1Rose BowlPasadena, CaliforniaBig Ten1
2Alamo BowlSan Antonio, TexasBig 122
3Holiday BowlSan Diego, CaliforniaBig Ten4
4San Francisco BowlSanta Clara, CaliforniaBig Ten6
5Sun BowlEl Paso, TexasACC4
6Las Vegas BowlLas Vegas, NevadaMWC1
7Cactus Bowl (Tempe)Tempe, ArizonaBig 125

See also[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

As of 2014, Pac-12 schools have won a record 16 Division I national titles.[a] Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament in 1939.[136] UCLA has won 11 national titles, the most of any Division I team.[137]

Rivalries in other sports[edit]

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 at 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.[138]

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.[139] 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.[140]


Since re-starting in 1959 as the AAWU, the Pac-12 has had only four commissioners:

NameYearsTenureConference name(s)
Thomas J. Hamilton [89]1959–197112 years AAWU / Pacific-8
Wiles Hallock [91]1971–198312 years Pacific-8 / Pacific-10
Thomas C. Hansen [141]1983–200926 years Pacific-10
Larry Scott2009–present5 years Pacific-10 / Pacific-12


Commissioners of the forerunner PCC

See also[edit]


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