Pac-12, Big Ten commemorate 100 years of Rose Bowl Game
Walnut Creek, Calif. – The Pac-12 and Big Ten issued a formal resolution of congratulations to the Tournament of Roses as it prepares for the 100th Rose Bowl Game, the Conference announced today. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Oregon State University President Ed Ray, and Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon presented the resolution at a reception hosted by Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins and Rose Bowl Management Committee Chair Libby Wright.
The Pac-12 and Big Ten are proud to have a long-standing relationship with the Tournament of Roses, which has provided a platform for countless memorable moments for student-athletes, coaches and fans.
Including the 100th Rose Bowl on Wednesday, Pac-12 universities have competed 93 times in the game dating back to the first “East-West” game at Pasadena’s Tournament Park in 1902. At the heart of the great tradition has been the Conference's valued partnership with the Big Ten for the last 67 years.
“On behalf of the Pac-12, our Presidents and Chancellors, I wanted to congratulate the Tournament of Roses for all you have done to make the Rose Bowl such a special sporting and cultural event,” said Scott. ”We are so honored to be part of the Rose Bowl's great history and look forward to contributing to its vibrant legacy in the years ahead.”
In addition to the resolution, the Pac-12 and Big Ten commissioned a sculpture by a California artist Terrence Martin entitled “100 Games and Counting.” The piece is designed to pay tribute to the iconic game and all that it has represented for the universities and the world of sports. The sculpture is made entirely out of hand formed steel and will be displayed in the Tournament House in Pasadena.
“We wanted to thank the Tournament of Roses for everything you do for our institutions every year,” said Ray. “In your storied history, you have proven to be an invaluable partner to the conferences and its constituents, and a model of passion, strength, tradition and honor.”
Stanford and Michigan State play in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on January 1 at 1:30 p.m. PT.
About the Pac-12 Conference
Built on a foundation of academic excellence and superior athletic performance, the Pac-12 Conference is the most successful college sports league in the United States. The Pac-12 has won 462 national championships, more than any other conference, upholding its tradition as the “Conference of Champions”®. The Pac-12 is comprised of 12 prestigious member universities in the western United States, including the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC), the University of Utah, the University of Washington, and Washington State University. More info can be found at www.pac-12.com.