Pac-10 Issues Invitation to Utah
The Pac-10 confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the conference has extended an invitation to the University of Utah to join the league.
The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the University of Utah Board of Trustees has announced a public meeting on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. to discuss Utah's athletic conference affiliation. That conversation is expected to seal the deal and allow Utah to leave the Mountain West Conference for the Pac-10.
To that end, a press conference has been scheduled for tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Rice-Eccles Stadium tower on the Utah campus.
The Utes are set to join Colorado, which became the conference's first addition since 1978 last week. Colorado will leave the Big 12 to join the Pac-10.
Utah was widely considered the team that the Pac-10 would choose to round out a 12-team league that can now have a conference championship game in football.
The Pac-10's attempt to create a "super-conference" by adding five Big 12 teams failed Monday when Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M decided they would remain with the Big 12 for an increased share of the conference revenue and permission to explore their own television networks -- which specifically appealed to Texas. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was not willing to offer the Longhorns either and left without a mega-deal. Scott was back in the Bay Area early this week and did not attend a gathering of conference commissioners from around the country in nearby Half Moon Bay.
Texas' decision saved the Big 12 and left Scott with a much more modest expansion of his conference.
The Mountain West Conference added Boise State late last week, so the departure of Utah would get them back down to the previous number of nine teams.