While many fans have poked fun at the inevitable destruction of the Pac-12 Conference, some of those who were hurt the most in the situation are those affiliated with the remaining four universities.
Head coach for the California Bears, Justin Wilcox, addressed the media on Sunday and outlined his thoughts about the recent departures, and his disappointment in the choices of his former conference members.
“There’s no denying the significance of this,” Wilcox said. “This is as big a deal as it gets to be. Really kind of shocking. Personally, it’s sad. From what I know, it probably didn’t need to come to this, but things happened along the way.”
Wilcox continued by voicing his frustration saying, “It’s frustrating. There’s some anger in there, but right now, what we’re focused on is this season.”
The Cal Bears are one of the four remaining organizations in the Pac-12 Conferenced alongside Stanford, Oregon State, and Washington State, and while football is on the front of Wilcox’s mind, six of California’s nine conference games in the upcoming season feature opponents that are scheduled to leave the conference in 2024.
California enters the 2023 season with an uncertain future under Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff, and while expansion rumors continue to spiral on a daily basis, the Cal Bears are beginning to find themselves in need of a lifeboat to escape the sinking ship.