CU football conference hangs in the balance
CU football has enjoyed five winning seasons in the past 20 years. Now the Buffs face a new off-field challenge: conference realignment.
Catch up quick: The University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, two marquee football programs, revealed late last month that they would bolt from the Pac-12 conference to join the Big Ten, a league across the country.
- And it wasn't hard to pinpoint their reason for leaving: money.
- What was once "amateur athletics" is now a TV show — and one of the few that still drive ratings, Axios' Kendall Baker writes.
State of play: A week later, CBS Sports reported that CU and three other Pac-12 schools were allegedly targeted by the Big 12 — the league CU abandoned in 2011 to join the Pac-12.
Yes, but: Later that week, a Sports Illustrated report suggested that the remaining Pac-12 schools will stay in place.
- A few days before the report, CU's chancellor and athletic director released a statement reaffirming the school's "commitment" to its conference.
Buzz: On Wednesday, sports journalist Jon Wilner, who covers the Pac-12 closely, said an unnamed source told him they wouldn't be surprised if the Pac-12 goes the entire season without a resolution.
The bottom line: If we are to believe the short but official statement from the university, the Buffaloes are staying put in the Pac-12, and likely missing out on the potential "mega-conferences" forming in the Big Ten and the Southeast Conference (SEC).
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