Utes To Accept Invitation And Become Member Of Pac-10 South

Josh Bennett@mrbennett3Contributor IJune 16, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Kyle Whittingham of the Utah Utes celebrates after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 31-17 during the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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For Ute fans, it's the sweetest thing since the Sugar Bowl, an invite to the Pac-10—is it bad to assume Utah will accept?

ESPN reports Utah will accept the offer. However, Utah has yet to make an official announcement.

A press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. MDT at Rice-Eccles Stadium could serve as the biggest announcement in Utah athletic history. 

Immediately before the press conference, the U Board of Trustees will meet—deciding the fate of the program. 

With the "announcement" Utah will become a natural rival with the University of Colorado, and join the Pac-10 South.

It's being reported by the Denver Post that USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, and Colorado will make up the South division. 

With no exit penalty for the Utes, they can join the Pac-10 as early as 2011, but their dance partner, Colorado, must face a fine for leaving early. However, with the recent conference realignment, the Big 12 and Pac-10 are ready to try and move things along quicker. 

According to the Denver Post, Colorado athletic Director Mike Bohn, the next item on the agenda is to jump into Pac-10 competition as soon as possible. 

One more year in the Mountain West Conference, and the Utes will be on their way to Rose Bowl visits, California road trips, and big-time football.