The second wave of realignment continues to play itself out after USC and UCLA suddenly announced that they would join the Big Ten in time for the 2024 college football season. While no other moves have been made yet, conference realignment continues to be a fluid -- and oftentimes unexpected -- situation.
The upcoming move comes as the Pac-12's media rights deal is set to expire in 2024, while the Big Ten is negotiating a new media rights deal that could exceed $1 billion annually. As for the Pac-12, the shift puts the league and commissioner, George Kliavkoff, in a precarious position after Kliavkoff just celebrated one year on the job.
The last major power move involving blue blood powers -- Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC in time for the 2025 season -- set off a massive realignment that reached from the Big 12 down to the Division II levels. After all the changes last season, it appears that the stakeholders are being patient and waiting to see what unfolds. Oregon, Notre Dame and the ACC remain some of the biggest dominoes left on the board.
As this latest realignment saga plays out, CBS Sports will continue covering this developing story with live updates below.