Big Ten Conference: UCLA directed to provide student-athlete support
Over the past six months, University of California leaders have engaged in robust public discussions about UCLA’s planned move to the Big Ten Conference and its implications for UC student-athletes. These conversations focused on questions raised by Governor Gavin Newsom and other members of the UC Board of Regents regarding the impact of a proposed change in conferences by UCLA on the well-being of UC’s student-athletes and the need to address those concerns.
As a result of these discussions, on Dec. 14, 2022, the UC Board of Regents directed UCLA to dedicate additional resources from conference-associated revenues to support UC student-athletes as a condition for joining the Big Ten Conference. This support, to be provided by UCLA with oversight from the UC Office of the President, will include enhanced academic and nutritional support and expanded mental health resources for UCLA student-athletes while they are on campus and on the road. UCLA will also provide expanded resources from their conference revenues to support student-athletes at UC Berkeley throughout this transition.