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CU to join Pac-10 conference

John HendersonThe Denver Post
(KO) FBCCU18_KSO_10_18_08338 - University of Colorado Buffaloes football take on the Kansas State Wildcats at Folsom Field in Boulder. The fans use their voices to help stop Kansas State from completing a forth-down at the end of the forth-qarter. Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post
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Colorado is headed to the Pac-10 Conference.The news became official this morning with a joint announcment from Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott and CU officials.”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.In leaving the Big 12 behind, CU become the Pac-10’s 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,” Scott said in a statement.The new league will have at least 12 teams, and likely 16. It’s not clear who the 12th team will be yet.Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are also still on the Pac-10’s wish list, and, with the impending breakup of the Big 12 conference, they could all be moving West.The expanded conference would likely debut in time for the 2012 football season.A source close to the CU situation said that to his knowledge, the Pac-10 has not made any other offers.”They’ll wait to see what the Texas schools do,” the source said. “What the 12th school will be I don’t know.”The Austin American-Statesmen reported today that Texas and Texas A&M officials are scheduled to meet today to discuss those schools’ futures. The possibility remains that those schools could join the powerful Southeastern Conference.Colorado officials have worked this past week to make sure the Buffs were included in the Pac-10 expansion plans if the Big 12 broke up. Nebraska is expected to join the Big Ten as early as Friday.But the source said CU had already decided it would seek, and accept an invitation from the Pac-10, no matter what happened with the rest of the conference, after discussions over this past week.A source close to the Nebraska athletic department told The Denver Post on Wednesday that the Cornhuskers are moving on. Multiple media outlets around the Big 12 also reported sources close to the Huskers saying they’re bolting, with a move expected to be officially announced Friday when Nebraska regents meet.CU president Bruce Benson lauded the Buffaloes’ move to the Pac-10.”It’s fabulous conference, the schools in it are great,” Benson said. “They’re the kind of schools we need to be around.”He said the move will help CU in areas other than athletics.Read more at http://www.denverpost.com/ci_15268303


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