SBD/Issue 238/Collegiate Sports

Univ. of Colorado Still Planning To Remain In Big 12 Until '12

CU Would Forfeit 80% Of Big
12 Distributions If It Moves In '11

Univ. of Colorado officials are "still planning to remain in the Big 12 Conference through the 2011-12 school year and join the Pac-12 Conference two years from now as originally announced in June," according to Kyle Ringo the Bounder DAILY CAMERA. It had been "assumed by many that Colorado would leave the Big 12 a year early and join the Pac-12 in 2011 at the same time Utah is slated to begin competing in the league and coinciding with Nebraska's departure to the Big Ten Conference.” However, CU and Big 12 officials “appear to be having trouble reaching an agreement on the financial terms of the school’s exit from the league under the scenario.” CU in June gave the Big 12 two years’ notice of its intention to leave the league and “would have to forfeit 50 percent of conference distributions for those two years.” Big 12 bylaws require schools to “forfeit 80 percent of conference distributions with just one year notice of an intention to leave.” The Pac-12 has agreed to help CU with “some of the cost to switch leagues, but millions can be saved by simply remaining in the Big 12 an extra year” (Boulder DAILY CAMERA, 8/25). In Dallas, Chuck Carlton wrote CU, the Pac-12 and the Big 12 “would all benefit from the Buffaloes leaving after” the ’10-11 season. CU and the Pac-12 “would like to begin their new marriage as soon as possible,” and an exit in the summer of ’11 would “allow a seamless transition for the Big 12 with Nebraska leaving for the Big Ten at the same time” (DALLASNEWS.com, 8/24).

TALKING THINGS THROUGH: In Salt Lake City, Tony Jones cites sources as saying that Utah State is "involved in a second round of discussions with the MWC" as the school "explores its options both inside and outside" of the WAC. A source said that Utah State “has been talking to the MWC since late last week -- after the Aggies said ‘no thanks’ on Aug. 18 -- and the discussions have continued into this week” (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 8/25).

WHY DON'T YOU STAY? MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson yesterday said that he "was in discussions with BYU and also the conference’s television partners in recent days."  Thompson noted he has had “friendly conversations” with the school. Thompson: “We’re trying to see what can be resolved.” BYU has "explored becoming an independent in football while moving its other sports to another conference." If BYU leaves for the '11-12 school year, it "would have to notify the conference by Sept. 1" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 8/25). 

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