Buffaloes head west
Colorado joins Pac-10; more changes expected
The college sports landscape began a much-anticipated shift yesterday with the University of Colorado accepting an invitation to join the Pac-10.
The Buffaloes might not be the only team bolting from the Big 12. Nebraska could become part of the Big Ten as soon as today, and speculation is heavy that Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State may also jump to the Pac-10 to possibly form a 16-team super conference.
“This is the dawning of a new day for the Pac-10,’’ commissioner Larry Scott said shortly after announcing Colorado as the league’s 11th member tentatively beginning in 2012.
And this just might be the demise of the Big 12, the highly successful conference that was formed in 1994 when the Big Eight invited in the four Texas schools.
If the Big 12 is further raided, that would leave Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, and Kansas State out in the cold.
Some of these schools could be targets for the Mountain West Conference, which this week held off on inviting rising football power Boise State after speculation swirled about the possible unraveling of the Big 12.
“I continue to work through the process that was agreed upon last week by our board of directors to address membership issues, and am working tirelessly towards the long-term viability of the Big 12,’’ Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said.
Nebraska’s regents are scheduled to meet today to discuss realignment.
“It doesn’t say anything,’’ Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said of Colorado’s announcement. “I really have no comment on this. I’m not saying we’re gone or not gone. Until we have a definite decision, I’m not saying anything else.’’
As for whether any other schools might be coming on board, Scott wouldn’t say.
“No invitations have been issued,’’ he said. “There are still several different scenarios that we may or may not pursue.’’