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Former UCLA chancellor to Colorado, Utah: You shall not pass

As seen earlier on CFT, Colorado may be staying put in the Big 12 until 2012. It just so happens that former UCLA chancellor Chuck Young is quite alright with that. In fact, he’s opposing Colorado (and Utah’s) entrance into what would be the Pac-12 altogether.

In what can only be described as a full-fledged counterattack, Young is sending e-mails to Pac-10 university chancellors and presidents asking them to block the expansion. His reasoning? Colorado and Utah just don’t fit in.

At all.

“I don’t see any way the other schools can be brought in without affecting the rivalries between the Southern and Northern California schools, for example,” said Young. “You have two schools in Washington, two in Oregon, two in Northern California, two in Southern California, two in Arizona, so you can have a complete round robin in football.”

But it’s not just jeopardizing rivalries or conflicting schedules that has Young worried.

Academics, which apparently is a really big deal when considering conference re-alignment, is priority numero uno for Young. “Colorado is on par with Oregon [in academics]. Utah isn’t even in the picture.”

Utah may not be Stanford (hardly any university is) and Colorado is no Texas or Oklahoma on the gridiron. The the two schools simply are what they are: a consolation prize with mid-size media markets.

Pac-10 commish Larry Scott wanted the whole enchilada and he didn’t get it. Though it’s hard to perceive Utah and Colorado necessarily as upgrades, both programs bring in two valuables that override Young’s assertions: A championship game and, consequently, relevance.

Young can probably stop sending those e-mails now.

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  1. grandavenue says: Aug 24, 2010 11:14 PM

    “We prefer to be over-hyped and dominated by one program, much easier that way”
    That’s basically what he’s saying. If he wants a round robin, bring in BYU with Utah then. Although Colorado and Utah easily could be paired as rivals, as Colorado has desperately sought rivalry from someone bigger than them, now they can attach to someone weaker, better chance of winning too.

  2. edgy1957 says: Aug 24, 2010 11:37 PM

    1. grandavenue says:
    from someone bigger than them, now they can attach to someone weaker, better chance of winning too.
    **************
    Which would be?

  3. JaggedMark says: Aug 24, 2010 11:49 PM

    Remember 2 months ago when every analyst started barking out the Big 10 was going to come out on the bad side of all this expansion, and the PAC 10 would be the big winner?
    Ha! Wrong again geniuses

  4. 78Lion says: Aug 24, 2010 11:53 PM

    Sure, the chancellor doesn’t want Colorado but will be most joyous to have BYU and their academics. I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell. You seem like a good candidate.

  5. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Aug 25, 2010 12:38 AM

    So Young is Gandalf the Grey and Colorado and Utah are the evil Balrog of Morgorth? Or maybe he’s more like the Black Knight trying to deny King Arthur and Patsy passage while having no arms left?

  6. burntorangehorn says: Aug 25, 2010 10:35 AM

    Is Young confusing Utah with Boise State or USF? Utah’s definitely not on par with Cal or Stanford, but would have no reason to be embarrassed of its academics in the Pac-X that will also include the Arizona schools, Oregon schools, and Wazzu.
    CU needs to revive their football program and find a basketball program, but they really do have some power potential. They can recruit good areas, bring a great market, and while the athletics program isn’t in the best financial circumstances right now, there’s a lot of potential.

  7. NE49ers says: Aug 25, 2010 10:38 AM

    So BYU would be a better fit Chancellor? The West Coast Time Zone already limits the potential of big time televised games. Bring in BYU and you can’t schedule games on Sunday.

  8. edgy1957 says: Aug 25, 2010 11:32 AM

    # NE49ers says:
    Bring in BYU and you can’t schedule games on Sunday.
    ***********************
    Which really only affects their other sports since most of their football games are played on Saturday (Though, they don’t like having late games that could potentially spill into Sunday). I hope that you aren’t talking college football because the Pac-10 doesn’t do Sundays (Conference USA does but the Pac-10 doesn’t).
    The NCAA basketball tournament has to account for BYU and that’s why they always get a Thursday-Saturday bracket.
    I have to differ on the time zone limiting the potential for televising big time games. That’s really an excuse but not a real factor. The Pac-10 plays PRIME TIME games all the time and you may be thinking more of the lesser West Coast conferences, which end up playing at 11 or 12 at night because that’s where ESPN or ESPN 2 will finally have a slot, after the Pac-10 has finished playing its game. I can assure you that even living here in Oklahoma, I’ve seen all the Trojans games on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or Fox Sports (My local one not a West Coast feed) without having to worry about not being able to go to sleep until long after midnight.

  9. JoeG says: Aug 25, 2010 11:34 AM

    Going off of the US News rankings, when you include Colorado and Utah, the final rankings become…
    1. Stanford (#4)
    2. Cal (#21)
    3. UCLA (#24)
    4. USC (#26)
    5. UW (#42)
    6. Colorado (#77)
    7. UA (#102)
    8. WSU (#106)
    9. UO (#115)
    10. ASU (#121)
    11. Utah (#126)
    12. OSU (Tier 3)
    Granted, this is only one ranking, but I fail to see what the issue is. They’re all research universities in their own right, and when you include the amount of money added with a conference championship it becomes a no brainer.

  10. blitz4848 says: Aug 25, 2010 11:55 AM

    According to the US News 2011 just released college rankings Chancellor (emeritus) Young is a little late in trying to upgrade the Pac 10 educationally.
    BOTH Az St & Oreg St rank well below Utah & Wash St & Oregon are just above Utah.
    Split the conference like this and keep the rivalries……
    USC, UCLA, CAL, Stanford, Ariz, Ariz St
    and
    Wash, Wash St, Oregon, Oregon St, Utah, Colo
    Keep the 4 Cal schools together & keep the 4 Northwest schools together.
    Play the 5 in conf & rotate the 3 OOC games just like the SEC

  11. blitz4848 says: Aug 25, 2010 12:23 PM

    The NEW report I just looked at has:
    Ariz St–#143 NOT #121
    Arizona–#120 NOT #102
    Oregon St–#139

  12. burntorangehorn says: Aug 25, 2010 1:05 PM

    Not that the US News rankings are worth much of anything, because they’re extremely flawed and inert, but the UCLA chancellor really needs to look around the western half of the US and see what other schools the conference could possibly add without stepping below UW in academic quality.

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