As predicted by yours truly, Colorado is officially part of the Pac. There has been a lot, and I mean a LOT of talk about Pac-10 expansion. Some claiming a super 16 team conference is about to be born, others say its all gibberish.
But one thing is for certain, the Colorado Buffaloes are now a Pac team. Larry Scott (Pac-10 president), and the Colorado president and chancellor met to discuss the terms. Specifics have yet to be released, however we do know:
"This is a very exciting day for the Pac-10 conference. We are just thrilled to be welcoming the University of Colorado."
Also, the alleged reports that Oklahoma State accepted the invitation to join the Pac-10 were officially dismissed.
So let me break the expansion talk down for you:
The Pac-10 invited several teams to join the conference, including Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State.
Nebraska announced they could join the Big Ten, and we're all anticipating the final word that will be confirmed sometime this week hopefully. Well now the Big 12 is in a whole mess of problems (losing both Colorado and Nebraska)...but that's a different story.
Colorado accepted the invitation. None of the other teams have confirmed responses either way yet, despite rumors that Oklahoma State had.
What it all really boils down to is Texas. If Nebraska leaves to the Big Ten, then Texas holds the cards in my opinion. If, say, Texas joins the Pac, I truly believe the rest will follow. However, if they decline, the Pac will be lucky to pick up another team...maybe Oklahoma, but that's it.
Obviously the deciding factor is really money. The Pac has openly discussed the want of their own TV network like most conferences have.
That would only be realistic, however, with an expansion. If the Pac expands to 12 teams they could very well start their own network. With 16 teams...the world better just look out.
With their own network, and if everything goes to plan, the Pac teams should be able to triple their TV income next year. This means going from somewhere between 6-8 million, up to around 20 million. Thats a huge increase.
I hope Texas gets on board personally...that will pave the way for the rest to come, and may lead to the very first 16 team super conference in the NCAA.
(Be sure to check for my latest article on how the expansion will affect Oregon)