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Pac-10 officially announces addition of Colorado

There it is.  It is indeed a done deal.

According to a press release on their official website, the Pac-10 has announced the addition of Colorado as the 11th — and probably not last — member of their conference.

“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 in a statement.

“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.”

Details such as when the Buffaloes would begin play in their new league were not revealed.  A press conference will be held at Folsom Field in Colorado on Friday at 1 p.m. ET that may provide further details.

Nebraska, Texas, the conference floor’s all yours.

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  1. chargerrich says: Jun 10, 2010 12:37 PM

    The PAC 10 just said “F” you Texas and your flexing for Baylor!
    Kudos to the PAC 10 for telling Texas they will join on the conferences terms.

  2. magsdad1 says: Jun 10, 2010 12:57 PM

    chargerrich,
    You are correct. The Pac-1? MUST make sure the power stays in the CONFERENCE, not in a state.
    BTW, look at the geography of the conference. Championship games in LA, Phoenix, Denver, and Dallas on rotation? Three pretty damn good destination spots.

  3. Dug says: Jun 10, 2010 1:03 PM

    I am SoCal native. I have lived in Texas, going on 16 months now. I can say the arrogance here regarding football, getting their way, and the “Texas First” before country gets old quite fast.
    .
    These yahoos really think the sun sets on Texas football and rises there too. Nice to see the Pac-10 lay down the law, particularly where a religion based school (Baylor) is concerned. Nice to see the Texas legislature get punched in the mouth too after the school curriculum fiasco that even has my conservative neighbors upset. Not because it is wrong, but because now Texas is the butt of jokes, the object of ridicule and derision.

  4. The Lord says: Jun 10, 2010 1:12 PM

    Everyone knows that the SEC is the most prestigious academic and athletic conference in the nation.

  5. F O U R says: Jun 10, 2010 1:30 PM

    I am not a Texas fan, but I respect them.
    Don’t assume the Pac 16 is a done deal. Texas is still in play for the Big Ten and it’s also possible that A&M’s flirtations with the SEC will much this up even more.
    I am happy to watch Baylor wilt in hell, though.
    Kudos to Larry Scott for kicking this mofo into high gear.

  6. tslagle98 says: Jun 10, 2010 1:36 PM

    I think that its funny that people are faulting the State of Texas for trying to do what is best for the state. Maybe if the grand State of California did the same they wouldn’t have the financial woes they are now facing. Most residents of Texas could care less about Baylor, but economics have to play a role in governmental decisions. And a note to Dug, I am from Texas and my wife is from SoCal, I have to say that of all fans I have encountered over the years, USC fans have earned the most arrogant tag, can’t wait ’til tomorrow!

  7. Theldais says: Jun 10, 2010 1:38 PM

    Umm, the SEC is far from the most prestigious academic conference in the nation. For one, the Ivy League is by far the best in that regard. Though even if you limit it to BCS conferences, the Big Ten and Pac Ten are easily better, and you’d be hard pressed to find somebody who would say that the ACC isn’t also better.

  8. dkrandmack says: Jun 10, 2010 1:48 PM

    First of all, your assumptions are poor:
    1. Assumption #1: Texas, and by extension the remainder of the Big-12 South, want to join the Pac-10.
    Maybe UT joins the Pac-10, maybe we don’t. There’s a meeting between UT and TAMU today to discuss the possibility of joining the SEC, and joining the Big-10 is also not out of the question. Like it or not, your paranoia about Texas may be all for nothing. Texas, as the premier athletic institution (by revenue) in the country, has positioned itself to call the shots of what it does next. When or if it joins the Pac-10, IT WILL BE ON ITS OWN TERMS.
    Understand this…the Pac-10 conference would benefit HUGELY if UT does join the Pac-10 and brings along most of the Big-12 South Division with it. Especially now that the Pac-10′s flagship school has received NCAA sanctions that will damage its football competitiveness for the next few seasons.
    2. Assumption #2: That most of Texas, and UT fans in particular, wanted Baylor along for the potential ride to the Pac-10. Seriously, we’re about sick of those Waco wackos. They brought nothing to the Big-12 table and don’t significantly help us with any conference realignment scenario. The size of the school, the number of alumni, the TV market, on and on, were a drag on the University of Texas. So, I, for one, applaud the move made by CU and the Pac-10 as a positive move to a possible move by the Big-12 South to the Pac-10.

  9. Longhorn83 says: Jun 10, 2010 2:05 PM

    Please do not confuse UT with those in the state legislature supporting Baylor. UT I believe is more than happy to join the Pac 10 absent Baylor.

  10. Panthur63 says: Jun 10, 2010 2:30 PM

    Excuse me Mr dkrandmack… some of YOUR assumptioms are false. Texas is NOT the premier athletic instiution in the nation by revenue maybe in Texas. But, not the nation. Actually, they rank 5th in terms of revnue.. they are below 2 Big-10 schools (UM and OU) and 2 SEC schools (ALA and UF). I do agree that Whatever conference Texas chooses will benefit THAT conference but, it will be under CONFERENCE terms not UT’s. The Big-12 South, holds a bigger trump card…

  11. Virgil Cain says: Jun 10, 2010 3:01 PM

    SEC guy you get a child please if you really think that your southern universities are even close to top tier. The statement is embarrassing.
    I would be hard pressed to say the ACC is not at least in the top 3 academically. Think about it; Duke, Virginia, Maryland, Va Tech, Ga Tech, are all top tier academically. Not saying sports but academics.

  12. Virgil Cain says: Jun 10, 2010 3:09 PM

    Saying the SEC is the most prestigious academically in the nation is the most laughable thing I have ever read. The SEC isn’t even in the same universe as BIG/PAC 10 and ACC. Maybe on par with the Big East and that might be a stretch.

  13. JulieJCO says: Jun 10, 2010 3:24 PM

    I’m not sure what numbers you’re looking at, but Texas did indeed have the highest revenue for 2008 (the most recent numbers available from the government) – at $138.4 million, their athletics revenue was about $20 million higher than the second place finisher (Ohio State). Poke around at http://www.ope.ed.gov/athletics/ and see for yourself.

  14. cjk194 says: Jun 10, 2010 3:25 PM

    panthur63 You might want to check your facts. Don’t know where your figures are coming from but according to CNNMoney, which got its figures from the US Dept of Education, UT is the number 1 school in football revenue, followed by Ohio State at 2. UT was number 1 in both total revenue and profit. Forbes ranked them as the most valuable football program, with a capitalized value of $11million more than the number 2 most valuable school, which was Notre Dame. And it terms of realignment, it’s football that drives the bus.
    As for Baylor, believe me, UT has no interest in dragging that albatross along with it. Don’t confuse UT with the Texas legislature.

  15. Kendude says: Jun 10, 2010 3:42 PM

    Its a disgrace to the NCAA and college athletics to allow these genious’ as Colorado to betray their conference. What a sorry example they are. The heads at Coloroda who did this should be remembered for what they have done. They will get their just deserts in the end.

  16. Florida727 says: Jun 10, 2010 3:43 PM

    Okay, I get it. The reference to “academics” has to be part of any prepared statement. Keeps the illusion going that these idiots “really” put the student first in student-athlete. But come on. Cut the crap. This is a business. And in business, money rules. This is about dollars and cents, and unless one of those UT running backs are up for a Noble prize anytime soon, don’t try to sell it to me as anything other than a money grab. And since it is about money, and it is about prestige, and it is most definitely about FOOTBALL, the SEC is king, and will be for the foreseeable future. Florida and Alabama rule the college football landscape, and if you doubt that, you’re as intelligent as the moron trying to throw academics into his acceptance speech for joining the Pac-10. Since the inception of the BCS, 6 of the 12 champions are from the SEC, including the last FOUR in a row. Starting to get it yet?

  17. Kevin says: Jun 10, 2010 3:45 PM

    I like how everyone is using this as an excuse to hate on Texas, why? Because we are constantly winning, have great academics, etc?? Well anyway, let me now tell you — we could care less about Baylor. Leaving Baylor behind is not a point of contention with Texas joining the Pac xx.

  18. Kevin says: Jun 10, 2010 3:55 PM

    I would pile on panthur63 for just spouting nonsense about Texas’ top Athletics program by Revenue for the past decade or more, but you guys have already done that…how about who wins or at least places in the Director’s Cup which goes to the athletic program with the most championships across all sports? Texas continuously finishes in the top 5 each year, so we win and make money doing it.

  19. Kendude says: Jun 10, 2010 3:59 PM

    Well said Florida727. I wish the best for the loyal shools who are left in the Big12.

  20. Hook'em-Hitz says: Jun 10, 2010 4:14 PM

    To those of you who are using the strong language about the forced fate of Texas at the hands of the PAC-10, my I remind you of a saying we have down here, Don’t Mess with Texas! Hello SEC!

  21. Florida727 says: Jun 10, 2010 4:18 PM

    Kevin, let me know when you hit 106 NCAA titles, like UCLA…

  22. The Lord says: Jun 10, 2010 4:24 PM

    Oh yes, every southern school is stupid and all southern people all rednecks. I was educated at an Ivy League school and I have worked around at various universities around the country and the SEC is home to some of better schools I have been at. Vandy is one the the best school I have ever worked at.
    I am tired of this stupid southern stereotypes.
    But I suppose that the SEC fans cannot hear the jealousy over those four Football Championships in the last four years.

  23. J says: Jun 10, 2010 4:41 PM

    To start off, I am a current Baylor student. That being said, we’ve made great strides in our Athletics, i.e. our sweet 16 basketball appearance and landing # 3 basketball recruit Perry Jones. While I understand our football program is awful, we DO have a lot to offer.
    Sic Em’ Bears.

  24. dkrandmack says: Jun 10, 2010 4:42 PM

    BTW, Panthur63, I am dead certain that Texas will get to call most of the key shots when it comes to determining which conference it joins. If it doesn’t like the deal the Pac-10 proposes, it simply has to listen to what the SEC or Big-10 has to offer. That could include remaking the Big-12 or, as DeLoss Dodds has suggested, even going it alone as an independent. Make no mistake, Texas is the master of its own fate.

  25. RG Earl says: Jun 10, 2010 4:50 PM

    Florida727:”Florida and Alabama rule the college football landscape, and if you doubt that, you’re as intelligent as the moron trying to throw academics into his acceptance speech for joining the Pac-10. Since the inception of the BCS, 6 of the 12 champions are from the SEC, including the last FOUR in a row. Starting to get it yet?”
    Do you get that the BCS is a fraud and a sham and that the Eastern bias is a fact?

  26. The Jig Is Up says: Jun 10, 2010 4:54 PM

    The Pac-10 may have waited a day longer before announcing their bids.
    They conducted their own investigation with the NCAA, so knowing what was about to happen with USC is what drove the PAC-10 to offering invites to the conference.
    Difficult selling that offer now that their Showcase institution is swirling down into a 3yr abyss.
    Current as of 6/8/2010
    The following is a full listing of the top 10 revenue-generating college sports programs in the U.S.:
    1. Texas – $120.3 million
    2. OSU – $118 million
    3. Florida – $106 million
    4. University of Michigan – $99 million
    5. University of Wisconsin – $93.5 million
    6. Pennsylvania State University – $91.6 million
    7. Auburn University – $89.3 million
    8. University of Alabama – $88.9 million
    9. University of Tennessee – $88.7 million
    10. Oklahoma State University – $88.6 million

  27. Cygnus_X-1 says: Jun 10, 2010 4:54 PM

    LOL, Colorado can’t even win the News of the Day in the CFB category. This is the last thing USC will be winning for a while.

  28. SkipM says: Jun 10, 2010 5:07 PM

    Posted: Jul 29, 2009 at 4:19 PM [Jul 29, 2009]
    The University of Michigan ranks fourth among Football Bowl Subdivision schools in revenue, the Orlando Sentinel reported as part of a six-part series on economics and college athletics Tuesday.
    The Wolverines brought in $99,027,105 in 2007-08, the second-highest Big Ten school on the list.
    And even in revenue, Michigan can’t beat Ohio State.
    The Buckeyes are second on the list at $117,953,712. First is Texas ($120,288,370) and third is Florida ($106,030,895).
    The Big Ten and SEC dominated with four teams each. From the Big Ten were No. 2 Ohio State, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Wisconsin ($93,452,334) and No. 6 Penn State ($91,570,233).
    The SEC had No. 3 Florida, No. 7 Auburn ($89,305,326), No. 8 Alabama ($88,869,810) and No. 9 Tennessee ($88,719,798).
    Among other Michigan opponents, Notre Dame was 14th ($83,352,439) and Eastern Michigan was 98th ($19,341,287).

  29. Rumbleroo says: Jun 10, 2010 5:09 PM

    I seriously doubt that Nebraska will stay and be a part of a Big 12 that has Texas in it. That is why the Big 12 is falling apart. They should have never become the Big 12 and should have remained the Big 8. That was a great Conference. The OU-NU rivalry that we loved to watch is no more. I agree with Missouri’s AD that it feels like somebody has died. Colorado will benefit and maybe they will be able to bring baseball back to the school, and Baylor will be OK in a conference with Missouri, Kansas, K-State, and Iowa State. Maybe they’ll be more competitive too. And Maybe some of those other Texas schools will benefit like TCU or SMU.

  30. Rumbleroo says: Jun 10, 2010 5:12 PM

    Too much arrogance and negativity in here for me. You people need to get a life…..

  31. JP Ashy says: Jun 10, 2010 6:33 PM

    “The Lord says:
    June 10, 2010 1:12 PM ET
    Everyone knows that the SEC is the most prestigious academic and athletic conference in the nation.”
    Academically? That’s laughable !!! … But Definitely the most sanctioned !!!

  32. JP Ashy says: Jun 10, 2010 6:37 PM

    SEC … Sure, Everyone Cheats !!!

  33. BobbyB says: Jun 10, 2010 7:14 PM

    What? Colorado has a football team? Since when?

  34. Scotty H says: Jun 10, 2010 9:40 PM

    How about this, the Texas 10? Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Houston, Rice, SMU, North Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, and UTEP?

  35. Oso Bryan says: Jun 11, 2010 1:07 AM

    Texas would deserve to be left with this cluster
    of former Sun Belt, Conf. USA, Mountain West
    derelicts. Doesn’t anyone remember why SW
    Conference went by the board. It was a Texas
    only Conference after Arkansas got tired of the
    Texas Jingoism. Hail to Cornhuskers for making
    the same decision Arkansas did long ago. This is
    life after TX football and the parochialism that
    pervades the Texas football culture will not sit
    well regardless of where the Longhorns land, be it
    SEC, Pac 10, or Big 10. 16 team conferences are
    very hard to manage. Baylor belongs with TCU or Rice/SMU/Houston in their Conferences.
    Viva 12 team, 2 division leagues like Big 12, SEC.

  36. Steve W. says: Jun 11, 2010 4:06 AM

    Panthur63 says: June 10, 2010 2:30 PM ET
    Excuse me Mr dkrandmack… some of YOUR assumptioms are false. Texas is NOT the premier athletic instiution in the nation by revenue maybe in Texas. But, not the nation. Actually, they rank 5th in terms of revnue.. they are below 2 Big-10 schools (UM and OU) and 2 SEC schools (ALA and UF). I do agree that Whatever conference Texas chooses will benefit THAT conference but, it will be under CONFERENCE terms not UT’s. The Big-12 South, holds a bigger trump card.
    _______________________
    Actually, according to Forbes, Texas is the most valuable cfb program in the nation. It also generates the most profit. ND is the 2nd most valuable program, but “only” generated $38 million in profit. Penn State is right behind ND in program value, but generated the 2nd largest profit at $50 million. So, if this trend continues, Penn State will be the 2nd most valuable program. Revenue is nice, but if you’re talking about financial muscle, profit is king. You’re partly right about what happens if/when UT joins a new conference. It won’t wield the same kind of power it did in the Big 12, but it will have an equal voice wherever it goes. There’s no way UT joins a conference and plays second fiddle just because they’re the new guy. That’s one reason the Big 10 might actually be a decent option for UT…assuming the Texas legislature didn’t force it to bring too many other teams with it. Forget Baylor, Texas Tech would kill any chance of a union with the Big 10. In the Big 10, you’re not treated as a second class citizen just because you’re the new guy. Just ask Penn State. You know, the Forbes list talk just gave me a funny thought. Can you imagine a conference that had the three most valuable programs in the nation, with Michigan and Ohio State also in the top 10 on that list? Talk about influence. It won’t happen, but damn, if it did that would be crazy.

  37. Steve W. says: Jun 11, 2010 4:17 AM

    # Scotty H says: June 10, 2010 9:40 PM ET
    How about this, the Texas 10? Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Houston, Rice, SMU, North Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, and UTEP?
    ______________________________
    Didn’t SMU get the death penalty from the NCAA? As for the Texas 10, that makes no sense at all. Conference expansion is about expanding your market presence. Why would UT (which pretty much owns Texas) partner up with a bunch of lesser Texas teams, shrink its market presence, and share the Texas revenue it could already dominate on its own with all of those lesser Texas schools? Sorry, but this idea completely misses the entire reason that these conferences are expanding.

  38. Rumbleroo says: Jun 11, 2010 5:33 AM

    @ Scotty H …..I like it..

  39. boosie says: Jun 11, 2010 12:18 PM

    funny, and best part about the pac 16, is that the pac will finally get the recognition. the national championship game will consist of a pac16 team and SEC team EVERY YEAR. The big 10 will be totally irrelevent to the national stage. I LOVE IT. They will never be in the NCG because the big time conferences will be on the coasts.
    AND this is the beginning of the end of the BCS.
    PEACE OUT BIG 10

  40. raybo the golden buffalo says: Jun 11, 2010 6:11 PM

    i have been a C.U. fan forever and grew up in colorado. and i have been hoping for a pac 10 move for a long time. but i now have mixed feelings. i like the pac 10 schools and i like the west coast. it would be great to see the buffs play in eugene, corvalis, tucson etc. but and it is a big but. if the three texas schools also join we will almost certainly be playing them, plus oklahoma and oky state and the university of arizona and arizona state every year. i learned to dislike arogant texans at an early age. and i for one hope texas, texas tech and texas am do not join the pac 1o. on the positive side, the buffs athletic department will make a lot more money in the pac 1o. invite utah pac 10. and let the texans wallow in their oversized egos.

  41. The Warren Sapp Diet says: Jun 18, 2010 10:52 PM

    The Pac10 is going to treat CU like a hooker at a Duke Lacrosse party.

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