Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 184
Had a good Thursday: The press conference on the Utah campus to announce a move from the Mountain West to the Pac-10 doubled as a celebration for the school's true BCS-busting moment. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott attended along with Rose Bowl representatives. They explained that Utah will become the Pac-10's 12th member in 2011, which will forever be known as the year the Utes went from hanging with the have-nots to being one of the haves.
Had a bad Thursday: What began as a promising day for Central Florida and Memphis turned into more frustration for their fans as the Big East officially denied an Orlando TV report that claimed it's "highly likely" UCF and Memphis will be invited to the Big East in the next two weeks. Does that mean expansion is over? No. Does that mean UCF and Memphis won't get invitations at some point? No. But fans of the C-USA schools have been waiting for their Utah-to-the-Pac-10 moment for some time, particularly Memphis fans, and Thursday was another day that good news didn't come.
Quote of the day: "When you compete for championships in the Pac-10, you compete for national championships." -- Utah athletic director Chris Hill, who has watched his Utes go undefeated twice in the past six seasons but never play for a national title because of their Mountain West affiliation.
Link of the day: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has been a loud critic of the BCS, and don't expect that to change just because the Utes are now a part of a BCS league. "Utah moving to the Pac-10 doesn't mean the BCS has suddenly become a fair and equitable system," Hatch said. Click this link to read Hatch's comments in the Salt Lake Tribune.
On tap: Thursday's announcement that Utah is moving to the Pac-10 should end all expansion developments for the near future unless the Big East makes a move on UCF and/or Memphis. In other words, enjoy your weekend.