SAN FRANCISCO -- The California schools will be divided when the Pac-12 conference splits into football divisions next year following its recent expansion.
Commissioner Larry Scott said at a news conference in San Francisco on Thursday that UCLA, Southern California, Arizona, Arizona State and conference newcomers Utah and Colorado will make up one division. Stanford, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State will be in the other.
"Our key objective was to transform the Pac-10 to a modern 12-team conference that has long-term strength, increased value, competitive balance and is fan friendly and we have done that with these monumental decisions today," commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. "By unanimously adopting a plan for equal revenue sharing we have created a conference with a strong foundation for long term success. It's an exciting day for the Pac-12 and all of our fans."
The conference needed to split into divisions in order to stage a lucrative football title game. It will be played in December 2011 at the home of the team with the best overall conference record.
Cal and USC have played every year since 1929, while Cal has played UCLA each season since 1933. Stanford has played both Los Angeles schools each year since 1946.
USC athletic director Pat Haden has expressed his disappointment with this split.
"I told [the rest of the athletic directors] my alumni will kill me if we don't play the Northern California schools," Haden said a week ago when word of the alignment leaked out.
"I proposed a 5-2-2 model that has us playing the five schools [in our division] every year and then have the Northern California schools as part of our regular two and then rotate the other two. We need to play Stanford and Cal."
There will be no division split in other sports. Men's and women's basketball teams will play an 18-game conference schedule that includes home-and-home games with traditional rivals, six rotating home-and-homes and single games against the remaining four conference teams.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.