Known as the “Conference of Champions,” the 488 NCAA team championships captured by Pac-12 schools exceeds the next conference by almost 200 titles. Since the 1999-2000 academic year, Pac-12 schools have claimed an incredible 150 NCAA team titles—an average of nearly nine a year.
In 2015-16, Pac-12 schools captured 10 NCAA Championships to lead all conferences for the 15th time in the last 16 years. In addition to the 10 national titles, Pac-12 teams recorded 11 runner-up finishes and at least one team placed in the top four in 22 championships.
The Pac-12 has led or tied for first in the nation in NCAA Championships in 51 of the last 56 years. No other conference has won double-digit NCAA titles in a single year—something the Pac-12 has done eight times. All three of the institutions that have won at least 100 NCAA titles all-time are Pac-12 members: UCLA (113), Stanford (109) and USC (102).
Individuals from Pac-12 schools have also dominated at the NCAA Championships, winning 2,248 national titles. Utah crowned two NCAA skiing champions in 2016 (Endre Bjertness in the men’s giant slalom and Julie Mohagen in the women’s slalom).
The Pac-12’s roots date back to 1915 when four schools banded together to form the Pacific Coast Conference. The teams and names would change over the years, and in 1978, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State united as members of the Pac-10 Conference. The conference ushered in a new era on July 1, 2011, officially becoming the Pac-12 Conference with the addition of Utah and Colorado.
Pac-12 schools have captured 488 NCAA team championships, the most of any conference.
Pac-12 Networks was created in 2011 and incorporates one national and six regional television networks, plus extensive digital content accessible through social media, university websites, and Pac-12 Now, its TV Everywhere service. It is the innovative TV and multimedia company of the Pac-12 Conference, and is the first such company to be wholly owned by 12 universities.
Each year, Pac-12 Networks offers live coverage of 850 sporting events, making it one of the top live sports producers in the country. In addition, Pac-12 Networks creates extensive original programming, provides visibility for marquee football and basketball events as well as numerous women’s and Olympic sports.
The Pac-12 digital platform includes Pac-12.com, the official athletic website of member universities, mobile applications, social media and other innovative digital initiatives across the company. Twitter is the Pac-12 Networks’ premier streaming partner for Pac-12 Plus, a broadband network of live events produced by the conference’s 12 universities. At least 150 events over the 2016-17 academic year will be live streamed to fans.
The Pac-12 Conference also has television agreements with ESPN and FOX that run through 2023-24. ESPN distributes games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ABC, while FOX airs games on FOX or FOX Sports1 and simulcasts several games on FOX Deportes.