The Big Ten and Pac-12 will extend their relationship beyond the annual Rose Bowl game. The two league’s announced they will scheduled more events against each other in all sports. It includes the sport of football and it calls for each school to play an opponent from the other conference ever year beginning in 2017.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney the university presidents and athletic directors unanimously supported the idea, and he says it is not a short term deal. He says the addition of a Pac-12 opponent means the Big Ten is dropping plans to move to a nine game conference schedule.

“When we began discussing this and adding this as a 12-game…situation, I think our athletic directors quickly jumped to the conclusion, that if we do this…that the nine games would go away,” Delaney said.