Pac-12’s Kliavkoff welcomes possibility of UCLA staying in league

UCLA and USCThe Bruins’ eventual move to the Big Ten will have a huge knock-on effect on the Pac-12, but the conference isn’t completely convinced the Bruins will make the move.

Since UCLA is a public institution under the University of California system, the board of trustees has the power to overrule the decision.

On Canzano & Wilner: the podcast, Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff said he was open to the Bruins staying in the Pac-12. Additionally, Kliavkoff thinks any money UCLA gets from joining the Big Ten won’t make up for the extra costs.

“We did some bottom-of-the-envelope calculations on the negative impact of UCLA’s expenses — travel costs and salaries for coaches and such — just to arrive at the average Big Ten athletic budget,” Kliavkoff said, via ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

“We think the extra money they’re going to get from the Big Ten media rights deal will be more than 100% offset by extra expenses. So you end up taking that money that you make, and it goes to airlines and charters, coaches and administrators, it’s not about supporting student-athletes.

USC, on the other hand, is a private institution, so the University of California system has no say in its move. Kliavkoff added that any potential Pac-12 expansion will have to wait until their new media rights deal is official.

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