Built on a firm foundation of academic excellence and superior athletic performance, the Pac-12 Conference renewed its undisputed claim as the Conference of Champions in 2019-20. Beyond the courts and fields, the Pac-12's accomplishments extend into the classrooms across 12 campuses, and outside its traditional geographic footprint into new corners around the world.
The 529 NCAA team titles won by Pac-12 schools outdistance the nearest conference by more than 200 championships. In 2019-20, Pac-12 institutions claimed three of the seven national championships contested before all sports competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding to a legacy that includes 333 NCAA team titles claimed since 1981-82, the start of women's sports sponsorship, an average of over eight per year. Even more impressive has been the breadth of the Pac-12's success with championships coming in 28 different men's and women's sports. The Pac-12 has led or tied the nation in NCAA Championships in 54 of the last 60 years.
Spanning over a century of outstanding athletics achievements, the Pac12 has claimed 305 men's, 193 women's and 31 combined championships. Men's NCAA crowns have come at a phenomenal rate for the Pac-12 - 16 basketball titles by six schools, 54 tennis titles, 47 outdoor track & field crowns, and 29 baseball titles. Pac-12 members have won 25 of 49 NCAA titles in volleyball, 46 of 51 in water polo, 31 in skiing, and 25 in swimming & diving national championships.
On the women's side, the story is much the same. Since the NCAA began conducting women's championships 39 years ago, Pac-12 members have captured 193 NCAA women's titles, easily outdistancing the SEC, which is second with 106. Pac-12 members have dominated a number of sports, winning 24 softball titles, 24 tennis crowns, 17 volleyball titles, 19 of the last 30 trophies in golf, and 17 in swimming & diving.
Individually, the Conference has produced 2,379 NCAA individual champions. That includes 1,383 by male student-athletes, while Pac-12 women student-athletes have captured an unmatched 808 NCAA individual crowns, an average of nearly 21 championships per season. Student-athletes have also captured 188 individual titles at combined championships (i.e., skiing and fencing).
The Pac-12's excellence is further proven in the annual Division I Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup competition, the prestigious award that honors the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country. Stanford won an unprecedented 25th-consecutive Directors' Cup in 2018-19 to lead the Conference with at least five member institutions earning scores in the top 25 each year of the Directors' Cup program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Directors' Cup was not awarded in 2019-20.
Pac-12 schools have captured 529 NCAA team championships, the most of any conference.
The Pac-12’s success is as evident in men’s basketball as any sport, where league teams have captured a record 16 NCAA Championships. The Pac-12 also lays claim to 39 NCAA Final Four appearances, 94 consensus first-team All-Americans and 17 National Players of the Year.
The Pac-12 has sent at least half of its teams on to postseason play 27 times in the last 30 years. During that time, 13 league players have garnered National Player of the Year or National Freshman of the Year honors.
Utah has had six All-Pac-12 first team selections over the last six seasons. Delon Wright started the run in 2014 and ’15, followed by Jakob Poeltl in 2016, Kyle Kuzma in 2017, Justin Bibbins in 2018 and Sedrick Barefield in 2019. Poeltl was named 2015-16 Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year and Brandon Taylor was tabbed the league’s 2015-16 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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 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 FS1 and simulcasts several games on FOX Deportes.
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. Pac-12 Plus, a broadband platform, offers live streaming of additional events produced by the conference's 12 universities not available on linear television.