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Tuesday Buff Bites - Colorado Might Start Pac-10 Play in 2011

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs may make move to Pac-10 in 2011 - Buffzone

With the Pac-10 likely to add Utah and become a 12-team league with a championship game in football as well as starting its own television network, Colorado will probably receive as much, if not more, in annual conference distributions in the future than it would have had it remained in the Big 12. Bohn said it would be premature to speculate on division lineups before the Pac-10 has completed its expansion plans. However, sources said when Bohn informed his coaches and other athletic department staffers last Thursday that CU was switching leagues, he said CU had been promised it will compete in the south division if the conference expanded to only 12 teams.

Colorado_mediumPaige: Nebraska rivalry isn't lost — McCartney's thinking roses - The Denver Post

The Buffaloes-Cornhuskers football rivalry will not end on Nov. 26, 2010, Bill McCartney announced Monday. "Over? Never. We're not going to miss Nebraska. Colorado and Nebraska will play every year . . . ". . . in the Rose Bowl. "We just don't have to ever go back to Lincoln."
When Nebraska decided to go to the Big Ten, it was time for Colorado to go west," McCartney said. "It makes all the sense in the world for so many reasons. First, Colorado was No. 1 academically in the Big 12, and will be competing and recruiting against schools on the same academic level in the Pac-10. We'll be in our element. We couldn't admit the marginal players that some of the schools in the Big 12 like Nebraska could, but we can recruit those guys that are considering Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, UCLA. "Let's face it. The two most important recruiting grounds in the entire country are California and Texas."
Sources close to UteZone indicate that Utah informed the Mountain West Conference Monday of its intentions to leave the conference. When asked about this report, a representative from the Conference could neither confirm nor deny the alleged report. If sources are to be believed then, the deal to invite Utah has already been done, and is merely a formality at this point. All that would remain of course is the announcement from the PAC-10 and a press conference by the University of Utah.
As Colorado moves to the Pac10, I'm told that OT Nate Solder and CB Jimmy Smith received great interest from NFL scouts this offseason.

more links after the jump...

Colorado_mediumGetting to Know CU ... - Bruins Nation

Bruins Nation, meet the CU Buffaloes. Here's an intro to the newest member of the Pac-10

Colorado_mediumConference expansion: Texas big winner, Pac-10 big loser – College Gridiron 365 Blog – Orlando Sentinel

Pac-10 a big loser in conference expansion.
1. Pac-10. Commissioner Larry Scott went from potentially nabbing Texas and Oklahoma to instead getting Colorado and most likely Utah. That is not an upgrade for a conference that is desperate to gain the respect — and the eyeballs — of people on the East Coast. Colorado is in disarray. Utah had had very solid football program but does it add ratings and interest to a league that is going to struggle now that USC is going to hit bottom thanks to NCAA sanctions?
2. Colorado. While the Buffs have always wanted to align themselves with the Pac-10, they probably didn’t envision this scenario. Losing an alliance with Texas and Oklahoma is going to hurt. Both are more powerful than any team remaining in the Pac-10. They also are going to be losing out on a windfall of cash. It’s yet to be seen whether the Pac-10 will be able to start its own network with a 12-team lineup and how successful it could be with cash flow.
A University of Colorado student who was punched out by CU linebacker Michael Sipili three years ago has won a $160,000 civil judgement against the football player and a former teammate.

Colorado_mediumMizzou has mixed feelings about league news -

That was not the view of every Missouri fan, many of whom dreamed of inclusion into the Big Ten Conference, which added Nebraska on Friday but will stay with 12 teams for now. "I wish they’d called their bluff," said Drew Carver, a longtime Missouri fan living in Phoenix. Carver didn’t like what he heard about Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma receiving more in revenue sharing than Missouri and other Big 12 teams. "Nobody would sign something like that, would they?" Carver said.

Colorado_mediumLinehan: Tech deserves chance to leave UT's shadow | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Texas is like the schoolyard bully who steals the five bucks your mom gave you for lunch, then gives you a nickel back to keep quiet about it. It's so swollen its president spoke for all Big 12 schools when telling Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott that the 10 remaining schools would stay put. The best explanation for other schools' continued loyalty to Texas is that the Pac-10's interest in Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M was contingent on Texas also joining its conference. Maybe that's the case for Tech, too, but if so, why hasn't the Board of Regents meeting in Lubbock been cancelled? Why is Tech's media relations staff withholding comment until after the regents meet? If Tech's invite is still on the table, it continues to deserve serious consideration. "Where UT goes, Tech will follow," came the message from campus. Great. Another 90 years in the Longhorns' shadow.