A little over a week ago Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was quoted as saying that he believed the chances of Colorado leaving the Big 12 to join the Pac-10 as early as next season were "worse than 50-50." Well, according to one report, it seems that Mr. Scott may not want to go into the bookmaking business anytime soon.
According to Orangebloods.com, the Buffaloes are now expected to be a member of the Pac-10 starting next season.
But it's looking more and more like [the Pac-10] will be a 10-team league in 2011 because Colorado will move on to the Pac-10 after this school year, several sources said.
"There is too much consensus to get Colorado on its way to the Pac-10," an administrator at a Big 12 school told Orangebloods.com. "That's what Colorado and the Pac-10 want. That's what the Big 12 wants."
At issue is the money. Colorado doesn't think it can remain financially viable if it has to pay the one-year notifcation departure fee, which is an 80 percent forfeiture of revenues over a two-year period. But sources said the Big 12 is working on a payment schedule for Colorado to pay those fees over time to the Big 12.
Well of course the Pac-10 wants Colorado to join as soon as possible. Did you see the 52-7 beatdown Cal put on them? Everybody wants a piece of that action.
Okay, so maybe the Pac-10 wants them in next year so they can move forward with the division realignments, scheduling, a conference championship game, and their new televison network so they can start raking in the dough. It makes sense that the Big 12 would prefer Colorado left in 2011 as well, seeing as how Nebraska will be joining the Big Ten next season and they don't want to be caught in 11-team limbo for an entire season.
The Orangebloods article also goes on to say that Texas AD DeLoss Dodds is also holding out hope that Notre Dame would one day bring it's non-football sports programs to the Big 12. For that, we live Mr. Dodds with this.
Dream until your dreams come true, DeLoss.