Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 183
Had a good Wednesday: Utah received a formal invitation from the Pac-10, then scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon, at which point administrators will announce that the invitation has been accepted. In other words, the Utes are heading to a BCS league. That means they'll likely never again have to worry about going undefeated and being left out of the national title game.
Had a bad Wednesday: The Mountain West learned that it's losing its premier football program, and even the addition of Boise State won't offset Utah's departure. It's a shame for MWC commissioner Craig Thompson. He's done a good job developing a good league, but it's almost like he's the Royals and Larry Scott is the Yankees considering Thompson oversaw Utah's rise, then lost the Utes to an entity that could guarantee more money.
Quote of the day: "This recognition can only be a matter of pride for the people of Utah," Utah president Bernie Machen, now the president at Florida, told the Salt Lake Tribune.
Link of the day: Click this link to read the Salt Lake Tribune's coverage of Utah's invitation from the Pac-10.
On tap: There's still some speculation that the Big East could add another member or two. Memphis and UCF are the schools most commonly mentioned as possibilities. But there is no known timeframe for the Big East to act, one way or another. Or not at all.