Subject: Colorado and Utah to Pac-10?? **Rumor**
Rumors are once again flaring that the Pac-10 is considering expansion. Here is a Tweet from a talk show host in Salt Lake City, quoting the commissioner of the Pac-10 from a Phoenix radio interview:http://twitter.com/kgraham1280/status/3718133842"Pac 10 commish Larry Scott told KTAR-Phx the league will look into expansion in next 18mos. Rumors r Utah & Colorado r favorites 2 jump".
Why add Colorado, when BYU is certainly a suitable fit. The Pac-10 could then adopt a rule stating that none
of its teams play on Sunday in most cases (while BYU would not play on Sunday at all).
Adding BYU along with Utah also preserves their rivalry.
Good question. No two schools are more qualified for "elite" BCS conferences than Utah and BYU. They bring size, attendance, athletic success, and a reasonably sized market in Salt Lake City/the entire state of Utah. If they were located in the Eastern or Central time zones, they'd be near other BCS schools and in a BCS conference already.
Utah is a no-brainer. It is a public flagship university, has been successful in revenue sports, and has sufficient academic prestige for the Pac-10.
BYU, in a perfect world, would also be a no-brainer. However, it is not a cultural "fit" for the Pac-10. It has sufficient size, attendance, and athletic success. The LDS church adds a national fan base. However, the Pac-10 frowns on the academic side, especially the lack of emphasis on research relative to other Pac-10 schools. The Pac-10, led by schools such as Cal and Stanford, would also not look too kindly on a institution with a religious and conservative bent. The Pac-10 would not be willing to adopt a no-play-on-Sunday rule for BYU, nor would it be willing to schedule around BYU's refusal to play on Sunday.
Plus, the conference can add the Salt Lake City market with only one school, so they can use the 12th spot to add another market. That brings us to Colorado.
Colorado was offered a spot in the Pac-10 (along with Texas) in the 90’s around the time the Big 12 was formed. They said no at that time, staying with their historical rivals from the old Big 8. If the Pac-10 can make a better financial offer than the Big 12, Colorado might consider it. Their football program has been down in recent years, and their men’s basketball program drags bottom, but they offer the Denver TV market. Granted, Denver is a pro sports town, and CU struggles with attendance when not playing a quality team, but Denver offers market size. CU has recruited California heavily for athletes, and the school is definitely more Western than Midwestern. The people in Boulder would probably rather be associated with Berkeley and Palo Alto than Ames and Stillwater.