University of Utah’s Mark Harlan talks with media after being announced as the new Athletics Director at a press conference at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Monday, June 4, 2018.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
LOS ANGELES — Utah athletic director Mark Harlan has had some time to process and examine the significance of the Pac-12 losing USC and UCLA to the Big Ten in a couple of years.
The Trojans and Bruins, who joined the league nearly a century ago — in 1928 — served notice on June 30 that they’ll be jumping to the Big Ten in 2024.
Due to that, Harlan’s summer has been busier than ever as he and the other Pac-12 programs adjust.
Harlan is both realistic and optimistic about the future of the Pac-12 — as well as Utah athletics overall.
When that shocking news regarding USC and UCLA surfaced, Harlan’s reaction was similar to the rest of the programs, and fans, in the Pac-12.
“I was very disappointed. There’s so much history in college athletics and so much history in the Pac-12,” Harlan told the Deseret News Friday during Pac-12 media day. “To have USC and UCLA make that decision to forgo that history for a new path was just disappointing.
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