Utah Officially Votes To Join Big 12 Conference

Aug 4, 2023, 6:48 PM

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah will have a new home in the Big 12 in 2024 after the Pac-12 couldn’t cross the finish line with their media rights deal.

Everything started going south for the Conference of Champions on June 30, 2022, when USC and UCLA declared they were joining the Big Ten in 2024. At the time, the remaining 10 members of the Pac posted their allegiance for each other and keeping the conference otherwise intact while pursuing new media rights.

That messaging remained unchanged all the way through this past Pac-12 Media Day where conference commissioner George Kliavkoff doubled down on rumors the Pac was about to splinter. Colorado announced they were out the door about a week later. Fast forward nearly one more week and Arizona along with ASU were out the door with Utah following suit.

The Utes are now about to help make up a Western-most branch of the Big 12 with their former Pac-12 conference mates in Colorado, ASU, and Arizona along with in-state rival BYU who joined the conference for 2023.

How Utah Ended Up In The Big 12

There are a lot of points along the way that can be attributed to the Pac-12’s failure to survive.

Hiring Larry Scott as the conference commissioner and retaining him for too long is a big fault on the part of the now former Conference of Champions.

Being innovative (Pac-12 Network) but not understanding the undertaking or distributing the product properly was another failure. Add in having opportunities to remedy the situation and not checking off the list.

The Pac-12 also miserably failed at keeping pulse of where their teams were at, not only with the SoCal schools, but with Colorado, Oregon, and Washington as well. Arizona could be considered one more failure as it was alleged they were out the door as late as Thursday night before things lightened up a tad Friday morning.

Utah and ASU held out the longest and were some of the remaining Pac’s staunchest supporters, but a lack of a T.V. deal and trust ultimately tipped the tide in the Big 12’s favor.

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on TwitterInstagram, and Threads: @BodkinKSLsports

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Rice Eccles Stadium general view at University of Utah - How to watch Utah Football...

Chandler Holt

How To Watch Utah Football V. Weber State Wildcats

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Utes football team returns home for a game against in-state opponent Weber State on Saturday. Here is how you can watch, stream, and listen to stay caught up with all the action. How to watch Utah Utes Football vs. Weber State Wildcats football game The Utes host the Wildcats […]

5 months ago


Michelle Bodkin

Pac-12 Power Rankings: ‘Conference Of Champions’ Continues Impressive Roll

The Pac-12 continued to roll in week two of the 2023 college football season while now having eight total teams in the latest AP Top 25 Poll.

5 months ago

Kedon Slovis #10 of the Brigham Young Cougars throws a pass...

Ben Anderson

Big 12, PAC-12 Power Poll Week Three

The college football season is fully underway and that means it’s time for week three of the BIG-12 PAC-12 Power Poll.

5 months ago

Nate Johnson - Utah Utes vs. Arizona...

Michelle Bodkin

Nate Johnson Takes Over As Backup Quarterback For Utah Football

Redshirt freshman Nate Johnson has been elevated to QB2 for Utah football after his late-game heroics secured the win against Baylor.

5 months ago


Michelle Bodkin

Opinion: Did The Utes Play The Right Backup Quarterback?

The Utes have had an interesting history with quarterbacks- particularly since joining the Pac-12 and 2023 has been no different.

5 months ago


Kyle Ireland

Week 2: Top Plays From BYU, SUU, Utah, USU, Utah Tech, Weber State

Here are the top plays from the local college football teams, including BYU, Utah, and USU, from Week 2 of the 2023 season.

6 months ago

Sponsored Articles

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.

ksl sports logos...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.

Utah Officially Votes To Join Big 12 Conference