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California governor Gavin Newsom demands UCLA explain how leaving Pac-12 for Big Ten is beneficial

In the wake of UCLA's departure to the Big Ten Conference alongside USC, California governor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he demands an explanation, on behalf of the public, for just how the move will be beneficial for not just student athletes, but the history of their partnership with UC Berkeley.

"The first duty of every public university is to the people - especially students," Newsom said in a statement to the LA Times at Wednesday's meeting of the UC Board of Regents in San Francisco. "UCLA must clearly explain to the public how this deal will improve the experience for all its student-athletes, will honor its century-old partnership with UC Berkeley, and will preserve the histories, rivalries, and traditions that enrich our communities.