The Pac-10 is no more.
Right this moment it’s the Pac-11, or – if you’re so inclined – Paco Once.
But there will be a 12th team. The only question is if four more teams join on top of that.
After three decades of standing still the Pac-10 has started moving at breakneck speed. In a December conference commissioner Larry Scott said, “We’re hard-pressed to really see how you improve upon the structure of the Pac-10 as it is with five sets of natural rivals in four states.”
In February Scott said, “We’re looking at (expansion) very seriously.” But talks weren’t supposed to heat up for six to 12 months.
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On June 6 the Pac-10 gave Scott “the authority to pursue any possible expansion, while not committing the conference to adding any more schools.” Four days later Colorado was officially a member and the rumors of a 16-school super conference were swirling in full force.
How did we get here? And do we want to go where we’re apparently heading? Let’s break it down.