WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The Pacific-10 Conference announced today that the University of Colorado at Boulder has accepted an invitation to join the Conference as its 11th member, the first new member since July 1, 1978.
"This is an historic moment for the Conference, as the Pac-10 is poised for tremendous growth. The University of Colorado is a great fit for the Conference both academically and athletically and we are incredibly excited to welcome Colorado to the Pac-10," said Commissioner Larry Scott.
"On behalf of The University of Colorado students, faculty, alumni and fans, we are proud to accept this invitation from the Pac-10 and join the most prestigious academic and athletic conference in the nation, " said Philip P. DiStefano, chancellor of CU-Boulder.
"The University of Colorado is a perfect match - academically and athletically - with the Pac-10," said University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson, "our achievements and aspirations match those of the universities in the conference and we look forward to a productive relationship."
Commissioner Scott, Chancellor DiStefano, President Benson, CU Board of Regents Chairman Steve Bosely and CU Athletics Director Mike Bohn and others will hold an official press conference on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 11 a.m. MT at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo.
Nebraska was a great get for the Big 10. They always seemed more like a "western" Big 10 team to me anyway as far as fan base/school/etc. goes. They'll fit right in. And I think they'll find the league is much more into sharing the pie and coming to common agreements than the Big 12 ever was.
knapplc wrote:steeler, you may not want to hear this, but orangebloods.com, which has been breaking news on this for weeks now, is now saying it's likely that Missouri won't get an invite.
Scenario right now says that Nebraska will be in the Big 10 this Friday, and no other teams.
The Big 10's crown jewel isn't Nebraska, it's Notre Dame, and always has been. As Delaney said that there might be things happening in stages, I would presume that the next step would be to gather two of Syracuse/Pitt/Rutgers, blowing up the Big East. After that, Notre Dame needs to find a home and finally joins the Big 10.
At that point there are 15 teams, and the Big 10 has to make a decision to take the team that wasn't picked out of Syracuse/Pitt/Rutgers, or Kansas/Missouri. Kansas is a very palatable choice for the Big 10, but there are two things holding them back - Kansas State is tied to their hip, and the current ticket scandal is a problem.
It's also very possible that Notre Dame stops with the denials and joins the Big 10, stopping everything. I very much doubt this. I think Nebraska goes first, then a couple of smaller schools including Big East targets, then Notre Dame, then an unnamed school - possibly Missouri.
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.
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The BCS Cinderellas must be shaking in their boots right about now. The Boise State's, Utah's and Texas Tech's don't stand a chance to finish in the top 5, even if they do go undefeated. The big conference bias just started taking PED's.
knapplc wrote:If that's how the divisions split up, and IF* Nebraska finds an offense, I think we'll be going to the conference championship game (which I presume will happen) fairly often.
That Eastern division is brutal.
Honestly, I didn't think the divisions were that lopsided. Both divisions IMO would have 3 year in-year out contenders for the division. NU, Wisky, and Iowa in the west. And OSU, UM, and PSU in the east. Then each division will have their years where the odd MSU/Illinois/Purdue makes things interesting and knocks a few of the big boys off.
I know just going by the names that the east looked a lot deeper, but I'm telling you, Camp Randall is one of the toughest places in the conference to play and nobody gets more with less than Kirk Ferentz in the country IMO.