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February 10, 2010

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Dave

"...Colorado and Utah best fit the league's academic requirements."

The Pac-10 has academic requirements? Who knew?

Kyle Jahner

Will some one explain to me why Colorado would be up for this? Drop big money/attention games vs Texas and OU, long Big 8 rivalries with Neb, KU, and even Mizzou? What exactly can the Pac-10 do to get them to bail and travel all the way to the coast for pretty much every single game? And now Utah is their big rival? You can't write about this and not answer this question.

Gregory Busath

Seems to me that BYU and Utah would make more sense for the PAC 10. Both teams already have a natural existing rivalry and are located in the West.
Why would Colorado leave and what have they done in any major sport since the early 90S?
I know the Sundays thing and research status could be drawbacks of BYU, but they have strong academics for undergraduates and have a good athletic program with a large fanbase. When Pac 10 presidents look at the potential money, they may be able to look past the drawbacks and see that BYU would probably bring more $ into the conference than any other team.

bob cuomo

Colorado and Utah?...the last time I looked, they were located in the Rockies, not the West. If the Pac-10 wants create some real rivalries, it should try to get Nevada, Fresno State or San Diego State. Nevada vs. the Oregons and Washingtons would work...as would Fresno State vs. Stanford and Cal...and San Diego State vs. USC and UCLA would certainly work.

Matt

Kyle Jahner--Colorado has made googly-eyes towards the Pac-10 since the early 1990s when their program briefly flirted with competence, and the Pac-10 has responded in kind--neither one of them have pulled the trigger yet, as the Pac-10 hasn't been looking to expand until now.

Also, remember that expansion is about TV markets, almost as much as athletic pedigree and academic prowess--that's why Mizzou is supposedly getting play from the Big 10, even though they wouldn't add anything to the Big 10 portfolio for any of the sports they compete in, save for basketball (maybe).

The whole common theme that people should watch for in all these expansion talks is that the schools being desired are Big XII schools:

Colorado and Texas have been talked about in the past jumping to the Pac-10

Nebraska, Kansas, and Mizzou have been discussed as far as schools being picked up by the Big 10, with the emphasis more Mizzou (purely for TV markets) and Nebraska (excellent athletic program except for Men's Basketball, 4th most valuable collegiate athletic football program per Forbes, excellent/rabid national fanbase to drive Big 10 channel subscriptions)

Considering TV deals are up next year and the Big XII is the only conference not actively talking/seeking a better television contract right now...either the Big XII brass is incompetent, they see the inevitable and are waiting for the dust to settle so they can see who is left in the Big XII, or it's a mixture of the two.

Westy

Probably has something to do with Colorado no longer wanting to be associated with a conference of Junior College equivalent academic reputations (ex Texas).

greg6363

If you look at their rosters, Colorado's recruiting base is west of the Rocky Mountains which makes it a natural fit for the Pac-10.

Don Collicott

how about TCU or Houston
dallas and houston big tv markets
maybe utah and tcu
both teams are good and have been frustated by bcs

meatybob

Considering the Big XII contract is actually better than the Pac Ten's, I dunno if CU would move. Additionally, since Colorado is rated in the upper seventies by US News, seems to me that CU is much more like Nebraska, ISU, KU, MU etc that it is Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Cal.

Colorado is full of stupid kids just like the rest of the Big XII (and half the Pac Ten).

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