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The Pacific Ten Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I (Division I-A for football).

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Current members

The Pac-10 was founded on July 1, 1959 as the Athletic Association of Western Universities, with Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Washington as charter members. Washington State joined in 1962; Oregon and Oregon State joined in 1964. In 1968, the name Pacific-8 Conference was adopted. In 1978, Arizona and Arizona State joined, creating the Pac-10 in its current form.

The roots of the Pacific-10 Conference go back to December 15, 1915, when the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) was founded at a meeting at the Oregon Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Original membership consisted of four schools: the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State College (now Oregon State University).

The Pacific Coast Conference play began in 1916. One year later, Washington State College (now Washington State University), was accepted into the Conference, and Stanford University joined in 1918.

In 1922, the PCC expanded to eight teams with the admission of the University of Southern California and the University of Idaho. The University of Montana joined the Conference in 1924, and in 1928, the PCC grew to 10 members with the addition of UCLA.

The Pacific Coast Conference competed as a 10-team league until 1950, with the exception of 1943-45, when World War II curtailed intercollegiate athletic competition to a minimum. In 1950, Montana resigned from the Conference and joined the Mountain States Conference. The PCC continued as a nine-team Conference through 1958.

In 1959, the PCC was dissolved and the Athletic Association of Western Universities was formed.

The Pac-10 is one of the founding members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, a conference organized to provide competition in non-revenue Olympic sports. All Pac-10 members participate in at least one MPSF sport.

College Football Rivalries involving Pac-10 Teams

The Pac-10 is an anomaly in college sports, in that each school within the conference has its own in-state, conference rivalry. One is an intercity rivalry, and another is within the same metropolitan area. In fact, the 10 teams that make up the Pac-10 can be divided into five major rivalries. Those are:

USC also has a long-standing rivalry with Notre Dame, meeting 75 times in the battle for the Jewelled Shillelagh. The Irish war club is decorated with rubies for Trojan victories and emeralds for Irish wins. The record stands at 42-28-5 in favor of Notre Dame. Interestingly enough, however, both USC and Notre Dame are tied for the number of NCAA football championships at 11.

Washington State also has a rivalry with the University of Idaho, due to the fact that they are located a mere eight miles away from each other. This rivarly is much less fiercely contested than the intra-state rivalry with Washington, and is generally considered to be more important to Idaho's fans than to WSU's.

Year-by-Year Conference Football Champs, with Conference Record

SeasonChampionConference Record
1959USC3-1-0
UCLA3-1-0
Washington3-1-0
1960Washington4-0-0
1961UCLA3-1-0
1962USC4-0-0
1963Washington4-1-0
1964Oregon State3-1-0
USC3-1-0
1965UCLA4-0-0
1966USC4-1-0
1967USC6-1-0
1968USC6-0-0
1969USC6-0-0
1970Stanford6-1-0
1971Stanford6-1-0
1972USC7-0-0
1973USC7-0-0
1974USC6-0-1
1975California6-1-0
UCLA6-1-0
1976USC7-0-0
1977Washington6-1-0
1978USC6-1-0
1979USC6-0-1
1980Washington6-1-0
1981Washington6-2-0
1982UCLA5-1-1
1983UCLA6-1-1
1984USC7-1-0
1985UCLA6-2-0
1986Arizona State5-1-1
1987USC7-1-0
UCLA7-1-0
1988USC8-0-0
1989USC6-0-1
1990Washington7-0-1
1991Washington8-0-0
1992Stanford6-2-0
Washington6-2-0
1993Arizona6-2-0
USC6-2-0
UCLA6-2-0
1994Oregon7-1-0
1995USC6-1-1
Washington6-1-1
1996Arizona State8-0-0
1997UCLA7-1-0
Washington State7-1-0
1998UCLA8-0
1999Stanford7-1
2000Oregon7-1
Oregon State7-1
Washington7-1
2001Oregon7-1
2002USC7-1
Washington State7-1
2003USC7-1
2004USC8-0

PCC Commissioners

  • Edwin N. Atherton 1940-44
  • Victor O. Schmidt 1944-59

Pac-10/Pac-8/AAWU Commissioners

  • Thomas J. Hamilton 1959-71
  • Wiles Hallock 1971-83
  • Thomas C. Hansen in 1983

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