Utah Makes It Official And Joins Pac-10

Josh BennettContributor IJune 18, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JUNE 17: University of Utah Head football coach Kyle Whittingham smiles as it is announced that the University will be admitted into the PAC-10 June 17, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The University of Utah was invited to join the PAC-10 for the 2011-12 athletic year.   (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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What could be the biggest accomplishment in Utah Utes history came today as Utah president Michael K. Young signed papers to join the Pac-10.

The roller coaster is over ladies and gentleman, exit on your left. The Utes have officially joined the "conference of champions."

As president Young picked up the pen to ink the deal, he joked, "I have been authorized by board of trustees to sign this to accept. Should I?"

And just like that, the Utes overcame years of mid-major status. 

The Utes have become the 12th member of the Pac-10 and join Colorado as the league's newest members since 1978, when the conference added Arizona and Arizona State. 

Utah is a good fit academically, athletically, and geographically, said Larry Scott, Pac-10 commissioner. 

It is a possible option that the Utes become a member of the South division of the conference, which could be made up with Utah, Colorado, USC, UCLA, Arizona, and Arizona State.

The Utes will begin Pac-10 play in 2011 and will endure a three-year process before becoming a full member of the Pac-10—being a full member will give Utes access to revenue. On the other hand, Colorado's agreement does not require them to go through the same process. 

"It's a great day to be a Ute," president Young said.