Anthony Muñoz isn’t surprised to see USC, his alma mater, make the move from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten.

“I can’t say I’m surprised,” Muñoz said during a recent interview on the Dan Patrick Show. “It’s about the money. Teams are going to conferences where they can get the most money. The Pac-12 is down a little…hopefully, it’ll help with recruiting for us.”

The Trojans currently have the No. 12 class in the country for the 2023 recruiting cycle, the first full cycle for Lincoln Riley. The 2022 cycle was a tale of 2 classes. On the 247Sports composite rankings, USC’s small group of high school prospects was ranked No. 70. Riley, though, brought in 20 players from the transfer portal, giving USC the No. 6 overall class. The 2021 class finished No. 8 overall. The 2020 group of 12 signees (2 4-star, 10 3-star) was last in the Pac-12 and No. 68 overall.

Muñoz said that personally, his feelings are mixed. The Cincinnati Bengals legend notes that he might be able to see the Trojans without traveling to the West Coast.

“Mixed feeling with that,” Muñoz said. “For me I’m excited because now I don’t have to go out West all the time to watch a game. 2024 I think is when they start and maybe two games a year they will be out here.”

Muñoz helped USC win the 1978 national championship. He was selected No. 3 overall by the Bengals in the 1980 NFL Draft. He had a legendary NFL career. A Pro Football Hall of Famer, was First-team All-Pro nine times and is a member of the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team, 75th Anniversary All-Time Time and 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.