Utah scores touchdown by accepting Pac-10′s invitationby Javier Morales on Jun. 16, 2010, under Sports
The Salt Lake Tribune proclaims simply yet boldly, “Touchdown!” concerning Utah’s likely acceptance to join the Pac-10 (which will become the Pac-12 in 2012).
Utah is expected to accept the invite at a Board of Trustees meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m.
An editorial in the Salt Lake City newspaper states: “To join the Pac-10, the self-proclaimed and undisputed ‘Conference of Champions’ is to find the Holy Grail for Utah. The benefits are so numerous that a list is in order.”
The most impressive benefit is increased revenue. As a member of the Mountain West Conference, Utah received just $1.2 million last year in television revenue. Pac-10 teams earn $8 million-$10 million, and that figure will increase as the conference negotiates a new TV deal.
ESPN displayed Utah’s football record vs. Pac-10 opponents and Arizona stuck out like a sore thumb. The Utes are 19-15-2 against the Wildcats. Utah has won the last two meetings, most recently at home in 2005.
The UA men’s hoops team also has a losing record against Utah (20-28), including a 76-51 loss that Mike Bibby and Miles Simon would rather forget in the 1998 NCAA West Regional final that denied the Cats a chance to repeat as national champions.