Football/basketball: Utah transcript

Here is a full transcript from today’s press conference announcing Utah’s addition to the Pac-10. A few notes of interest:

–Commissioner Larry Scott said it has yet to be determined if there will be a championship game for football and how the conference will be aligned in terms of divisions.

–Utah will being competing in the Pac-10 in the 2011-12 season. Although it was originally announced Colorado would start in 2012-13, there is now a possibility the Buffaloes will arrive with Utah in 2011.

–The idea of a Pac-10 television network is still on the table.


Football/basketball: Utah imminent

The Pac-10 announced it has officially extended an invitation to Utah to join the conference. Utah’s board of trustees are meeting at Noon (Mountain Time) tomorrow and a press conference has already been scheduled for 1 p.m. It sounds like the trustees meeting is just a formality at this point; otherwise, no press conference would be scheduled. So expect Utah to officially join the Pac-10 tomorrow afternoon.


Football/basketball: Pac-10 makes contact

Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson said today that the Pac-10 has made contact with him regarding the University of Utah, but wouldn’t provide any further details. It is believed Utah will join the Pac-10 soon. While Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported last night that a press conference was expected today, ESPN.com is reporting that the announcement could come “as soon as Friday.”


Football: Jordan at No. 15

ESPN.com’s Ted Miller is counting down the top 25 players for the upcoming season and today ranked Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan at No. 15. This could be a huge year for Jordan, the mega-talented senior who garnered a lot of attention from opposing offensive fronts last season as the Bears consistently dropped eight players into coverage. With new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s more aggressive scheme, Jordan may be better able to showcase his potentially devastating pass rushing skills.


Football/basketball: Report says Utah to Pac-10

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area is reporting that a press conference is expected Wednesday to announce the addition of Utah to the Pac-10. CSN Bay Area says it has learned of the announcement from sources close to the situation.

The addition of Utah should finalize the Pac-10’s quest for expansion after getting spurned by the teams from the Big 12. It will give the conference 12 teams, which are expected to be split into two divisions. Cal would join Stanford, the Oregon schools and the Washington schools to form the Pac-10 North, while Utah and Colorado would join the Los Angeles schools and Arizona schools to make a Pac-10 South. It is believed the new format will also lead to a Pac-10 championship game for football.


Football/basketball: The Pac-16 is dead

It’s official. The remaining Big 12 teams are staying together. That means, for now, the Pac-10 stands at 11 teams. Will Larry Scott go after Utah next? Here is a statement from the conference commissioner:

“University of Texas President Bill Powers has informed us that the 10 remaining schools in the Big 12 Conference intend to stay together. We are excited about the future of the Pac-10 Conference and we will continue to evaluate future expansion opportunities under the guidelines previously set forth by our Presidents and Chancellors.”