Today's news regarding the Pac-12

Aug. 4, 2023

From the Office of the President, Jayathi Y. Murthy

August 4, 2023

Dear OSU Community Members,

Many of you are seeing the recent news that University of Oregon and University of Washington have announced their decisions that they will leave the Pac-12, making the conference’s future less certain. This is a serious moment, and, given the longstanding traditions among Pac-12 teams, we all feel the loss.

We believe the preservation of the Pac-12 is in the best interests of all member universities, student-athletes and fans. Oregon State University also continues to explore options separate from those of the conference. We have been working vigorously behind the scenes to secure the best opportunity going forward. I will share more information with the university community as it becomes available.

Today, let us all remember that Oregon State University’s renowned athletics program has proven to be resilient over many years. We have rallied through difficult times, supported by the faith and enthusiasm of fans and also by the tremendous strength of our university and important rivalries here on the West Coast. In Oregon certainly, our more than 129-year history competing with and supporting one another in both athletics and academics will continue even as we move through change.

Our steadfast commitment is to the continued success and well-being of OSU’s extraordinary student-athletes across more than a dozen intercollegiate sports. As we chart our path forward, their holistic development and ability to balance their athletic and academic goals remain our top priority.

Thank you for your continued support for them and for all of Oregon State University.


Jayathi Murthy

600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331