Oregon State and Washington State will join the West Coast Conference in non-football/baseball sports for two years beginning in 2024, per Matt Norlander and Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports. The Athetic’s Nicole Auerbach also reported that the WCC presidents will meet today to formally vote on offering the two programs a temporary home in their league.
The move is a major step for the two schools as they determine a path forward in the wake of the Pac-12’s collapse this past summer. Oregon State and Washington State were the two schools left behind as all 10 of their conference peers departed for the ACC, Big Ten, and Big 12. Both schools have waged a legal fight with the departing members over the remaining assets of the Pac-12 and recently, arranged a scheduling agreement with the Mountain West Conference in football for the 2024 season. With these deals coming to fruition, OSU and WSU will have temporary homes in the short term as they figure out a permanent situation for the long term.
The WCC is annually one of the top mid-major conferences in men’s college basketball, usually propped up by a now nationally powerhouse in Gonzaga. Along with the Bulldogs, the Beavers and Cougars will be mixing it up with the likes of Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Saint Mary’s over the next two seasons.