UCLA regents say they can stop Bruins' move to Big Ten, per report
UCLA’s regents say they have the power to stop the school’s planned move to the Big Ten, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Times.
Ben Bolch and Teresa Watanabe of the LA Times talked to University of California regents and general counsel about the move to the Big Ten. UCLA chancellor Gene Block signed off on the school’s move from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten. A UC system policy dating back to 1991 delegates authority to campus chancellors. Regents, though, say that authority is not to act unilaterally, as Block did in signing off on the conference move, per the LA Times:
“It’s important to understand that when the regents delegated authority to the president, they didn’t give it away or lose it,” UC system attorney Charlie Robinson said during a regents’ meeting at UCLA’s Luskin Center. “Essentially, what they did was extend it such that authority was with the regents and the president.”
Regent Josh Perez told The Times that the regents could block UCLA’s move to the Big Ten. He did not commit to taking that step, though:
“All options are on the table,” he said.
“All options are on the table,” Perez repeated, “up to and including that. … We’re going to look at what all the different options look like and then the board will assert itself in terms of what its desired outcome is.”
The LA Times article comes on the same day that the Big Ten announced a historic new megadeal for media rights. UCLA stands to financially benefit greatly from being in the Big Ten.
We’ll see what the regents decided to do.