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The Pac-12 and Southwestern Athletic Conferences announced Monday the formation of a basketball educational and scheduling partnership that will feature a first-of-its-kind annual home-and-home series between member institutions.

The men’s and women’s basketball partnership is aimed at creating both a forum for competition, as well as promotion and education around issues of anti-racism and social justice. The partnership is set to begin in Nov. 2022, with six matchups for the initial men’s cycle determined; women’s matchups will be announced in the coming weeks.

As part of the scheduling alliance, programs from each conference will participate in two-year home-and-home series over the course of four years from the 2022-23 to 2025-26 seasons. Six programs from each conference will participate in the 2022-23/2023-24 series, followed by the remaining six programs in 2024-25/2025-26.

The additional series between remaining men’s programs for 2024-25/2025-26, as well as dates and matchups for women’s programs, will be announced at a later date.

“The Southwestern Athletic Conference is extremely excited to partner with the Pac-12 for what we truly feel will be a remarkable experience for our student-athletes and 12 member institutions,” said SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland. “This is a game-changer and the opportunity for a collaboration of this significant magnitude has never occurred in the history of HBCU Athletics. We applaud the Pac-12 and its leadership for having the foresight and vision to put this historical initiative together.”

“As part of our Pac-12 Impact initiative to find ways to support and promote diversity and inclusion through sport, we could not be more proud to join with the SWAC on this first-of-its-kind initiative. All credit goes to the basketball head coaches and athletics directors from both conferences for wanting to go above and beyond by creating a truly inclusive and meaningful partnership that will help raise awareness of the important role of HBCUs in higher education,” said Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner and Men’s Basketball Sport Administrator Jamie Zaninovich. “On behalf of our membership, coaches and student-athletes, we thank Dr. McClelland and our friends at the SWAC for embarking on this historic initiative with us.”

Athletes will participate in social justice, anti-racism initiatives 

Student-athletes will participate in social justice and anti-racism educational components as part of the games. Programming for the student-athletes will be a collaboration between campus leadership from the two participating men’s basketball programs. In addition, campus athletics departments will facilitate private meetings between athletics directors and their respective senior staff as part of the partnership.

“It’s a great opportunity for Colorado, and all Pac-12 student-athletes for that matter, to learn more about the proud history of HBCU schools and what they’ve meant to those that have benefited from the educational experience at these institutions,” said Colorado head coach Tad Boyle. “We look forward to the competition on the court and furthering the educational process through this endeavor.”

Pac-12/SWAC home-and-home schedule

November 10-13, 2022

November 9-12, 2023

Southern at ARIZONA

Texas Southern at ARIZONA STATE

Florida A&M at OREGON

Grambling at COLORADO

Alabama State at USC


ARIZONA STATE at Texas Southern

ARIZONA at Southern

COLORADO at Grambling

OREGON at Florida A&M


USC at Alabama State


Courtesy: SWAC


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