Pac-10 Has Extended an Invitation to Utah, Press Conference Set for Tomorrow


According to the official Pac-10 conference site, the University of Utah has received an invitation to join the conference:

"WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pacific-10 has extended an invitation to the University of Utah to join the Conference.  A press conference will take place in the Rice-Eccles Stadium tower at the University of Utah tomorrow at 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT."

Utah, when they accept, will join Colorado in the migration over to the Pac-10. The invitation of Utah might mean Pac-10 play will start in 2011 as Utah only needs to give the Mountain West Conference one year's notice for a move. The University of Colorado has expressed an interest in beginning Pac-10 play to coincide with the departure of Nebraska to the Big Ten conference. Time will tell what the league office for the Pac-10 wants to do as television contract negotiations are set to begin in 2011-2012.

With Pac-10 expansion probably complete for this year, the next question to the league offices (other than when Colorado and Utah will begin play) is how will the teams be aligned. CBS4 in Denver rumored this structure and that Colorado would be guaranteed to play in the Pac-10 South:

Sources close to C.U. have told CBS4 Sports the Buffs are projected to be in a 6 team division in the new Pac-10. The Buffs will be joined by USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and probably Utah, which is expected to receive an invitation to join the Pac-10.

That means USC and UCLA will be regular vistors to Boulder once the new conference officially begins competing in 2012.

The remaining teams in the conference that will make up the Pac-10 North are:

Cal-Berkeley
Stanford
Oregon
Oregon State
Washington
Washington State

Congratulations to the University of Utah in joining the conference. For more information regarding the move, check out SBNation's BlockU.

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