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Breaking down travel costs for USC and UCLA’s Big Ten shift

With USC & UCLA joining the Big Ten Conference, just how far will the West Coast teams be required to travel for league contests?

Breaking down travel costs for USC and UCLA’s Big Ten shift
The sun sets on Beaver Stadium during warmups before a game between Big Ten rivals Penn State and Michigan on Oct. 19, 2019. and will see their travel costs rise substantially with move to Big Ten. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

Goodbye, airborne power naps to Northern California and snappy two-hour-long flights to Colorado and Arizona State.

Time — in a couple years — for USC and UCLA athletes to strap up their neck pillows, take a trip to the campus bookstore for some quality in-flight reading and prepare for marathon trips across the country to Pennsylvania and Ohio.

With Thursday morning’s news that the Trojans and Bruins are leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten Conference, travel and working with athletes’ class schedules may prove more difficult on road trips given the Big Ten’s location. Programs in the conference are centered on the East Coast, like Rutgers and Maryland, or clustered closer around the Great Lakes, like Northwestern and Michigan State.

 

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