The Pacific-10 Conference announced this morning that Colorado is leaving the Big 12 and will become the conference's 11th member.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The Pacific-10 Conference announced today that the University of Colorado at Boulder has accepted an invitation to join the Conference as it’s 11th member, the 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,” said Commissioner Larry Scott.
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“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.
“The University of Colorado is a perfect match - academically and athletically - with the Pac-10,” said University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson, “our achievements and aspirations match those of the universities in the conference and we look forward to a productive relationship.”This is the first official announcement of what is expected to be a series of moves that will transform the Pac-10 and other major conferences. It is being reported that Big 12 member Nebraska is on the verge of joining the Big Ten and that other members of the Big 12 -- Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State -- will join Colorado in switching to the Pac-10.